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texas1 01-06-2011 11:09 AM

upstairs open room
How to you enclose a half wall on an upstairs room

canadaclub 01-06-2011 12:41 PM

You should be able to simply build a frame on top of the half wall up to the ceiling. Make sure you frame with the same size wood as the halfwall to allow for the drywall. Then drywall, mud and tape.

any pics?

mrgins 01-06-2011 05:07 PM

After you put in the top plate, you need to cut the top plate of the half wall every 4' or so and install a full length stud to stiffen it.

canadaclub 01-06-2011 05:36 PM

good point but I would assume the top plate of the half wall is a solid run so attaching to the top plate and a secure fastening to the ceiling should be sturdy enough. Not knowing the structure I am just assuming.

mrgins 01-06-2011 05:40 PM

I'm assuming the half wall has one open end. Even if it doesn't, I think it should be braced so that the is vertical stiffness to avoid cracking of the finish among other things.

canadaclub 01-06-2011 05:44 PM

mrgins is right..we can only assume...can you provide a picture? Otherwise we are just guessing at this stage

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