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Cveroline 01-25-2011 11:39 PM

Interior walls & gambrel ceiling
First of all, I want to say thank you in advance to anyone who can help me solve the following problem.

I recently purchased a 14 x 40 foot lofted barn style shed building with a gambrel roof and all of the interior is rough framed. I am wanting to convert this building into a small guest cabin. I am ready to start framing interior walls and here lies my does one attach an interior wall to the gambrel ceiling? I have researched this extensively only to find no real answers other than the wall has to be a rake wall, which is understandable. Do I attach the interior rake wall to the existing trusses (which are not flat, like a top plate) or do I attach a new top plate to the ceiling? The roof does have sofits along the eaves and also a continuous vent along the pitch of the roof. Any help or suggestions?

Thanks :)

Dwoodsmith 01-27-2011 06:48 PM

It's probably easiest to build a regular frame wall, then fill in the top, sides. Normally I wouldn't advise that becaause you need something top to bottom for strength, but at only 14' (probably less with the steep roof sides, your top plate(s) can be one piece. That'll be pretty decent rigidity unless you'll constantly be slamming a heavy door. If you use sheetrock, span across the top plate to avoid cracking at the seam and to add strength. If you decide to frame all studs top to bottom, frame in place. Install the bottom plate, plumb up at center and ends, install top plate, then put in your tallest stud first. Then you can measure off of it to layout all the others. If you go that route, DeWalt makes a real nice tool. It's a plumb laser. You set it down on your mark at the bottom and it makes a red spot on the ceiling exactly plumb from there

Gary in WA 01-27-2011 09:54 PM

For a short length (not height) rake wall, frame it flat be leave the last 3" off the top plate to run the end studs full-height, nailing into ceiling rake plate with blocking between the trusses.


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