Started doing the basement. I have a couple of wall runs that are 24 ft.
I am building the wall in-place. For the top and bottom plates, can I use 3
2x4x8's, or should I get the longest plates available i.e. 2 12's or a 16
and and 8'. What are the general rules ?? It seems the longer the lumber,
the harder it is to get one that is dead straight.
You can 8 footers. It's not a bearing wall. I assume you will be nailing
the cap into the ceiling joists above. Try to get the end joints of the
cap centered above a stud or centered on a ceiling joist where they can
both be nailed so the end joints are not floating in air.
Use what is easiest to handle for your use. They do run out a bit so you
may want to have someone hold the opposite end while you put a nail in
If you were framing an outside bearing wall, you'd what to use as long as
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