I have a 2x wall plate, whose edge should be flush with the studs. Sad
to say, it's 1/8 to 1/4" back from them. Is there some sort of filler
to bring it up flush, before nailing the sheathing to the plate?
Plan B would be to use screws, then fill w/ expanding foam.
> I have a 2x wall plate, whose edge should be flush with the studs. Sad
> to say, it's 1/8 to 1/4" back from them. Is there some sort of filler
> to bring it up flush, before nailing the sheathing to the plate?
> Plan B would be to use screws, then fill w/ expanding foam.
And, Plan C would be to staple 1/4 or 3/8 inch diameter foam backer rod
to the wall plate and then install your sheathing. Considering foam
backer rod costs half of nothing if you buy it from the construction
supply stores and pay cash for it, maybe staple on two or three rows of
Then nail to your wall studs, but predrill, counter sink and use flat
head stainless steel sheet metal screws to go into the wall plate and
tighten them snug by hand.
Alternatively, Plan D would be to staple one string of foam backer rod
to the bottom plate, nail to the studs and screw to the plate, thereby
compressing the foam backer rod, and then use expanding foam or even a
latex caulk to fill the smaller gap under the foam backer rod. You
wanna fill that space with something because it's got a tapering width,
and bugs instinctively crawl into the smallest places they can fit in
when they're not out looking for food. That makes perfect bug-sense
because if you've wedged yourself into the smallest gap you can get
yourself into, then no bigger bug can crawl in after you and eat you.
Go to google Images and type in "foam backer rod" to see what the stuff
Or, at least, that's what I'd probably do.
Thanks to all who replied. The particular constrution involved would be
hard (for me) to describe. I'll just leave it that, because of access
constraints, it would be difficult to implement some of the suggestions.
I do think something along the lines of the backer rod + screws might
work. I only sort of knew those existed, and wasn't at all thinking of
them. So, thanks esp for that.
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