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Old 08-18-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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I'm adding a partition wall in the basement. It will be directly under a laminated beam, which is supported by lolly columns; the wall will enclose the columns. So the wall is not structural, just a divider.

Question: to meet code, do I need a top plate under the beam or can I nail the 2x4s directly to the underside of the laminated beam?

(I'[ve already done a small part of the wall and hope I don't have to start over.)

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Old 08-18-2011, 09:03 PM   #2
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Nope.. The only reason you need a double top plate is for carrying load from above and fire break..

If you are building a non load bearing wall you don't need any plate under the beam because the beam carries its own load and it is a fire break..

But, If it was my house, I'd put a plate under the beam.. lol but that is just how I frame

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you need a plate for drywall nailing....as if?
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:19 PM   #4
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you need a plate for drywall nailing....as if?
Pretty sure the beam would be sufficiant to hold the drywall as it is the top plate
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