I want to get some validation on a plan I have, and some help on the
execution. Basically I want to build a half wall that anchors to an
outside wall on one end, and is free standing on the other end. The
wall needs to be 12' long.
Here is a simple picture of my situation:
The half wall I highlighted in red is currently a cheap metal rail. I
want to replace it with a real wall. The floor joists run
perpendicular to the wall I want to build, and I don't have any
problems cutting through the floor to them - I'm replacing the flooring
Basically what I want to know is:
1) should I be using 2x4 or 2x6 for the wall?
2) will it be stable enough to prevent someone from leaning against
it, toppling it over and falling into the staircase?
3) will I need to anchor it to the floor joists with something more
robust than deck screws?
And lastly, where can I find a wooden "cap" for my half wall. I'd like
something that matches the wood floors I'm going to lay down.
Many thanks for any insight into this little project =)