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Old 05-09-2014, 01:37 AM   #1
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Was up in an attic the other day, and no visible signs of the ceiling header.

Idea, of course, was to find an inside wall to be able to drop a cable to a receptacle. Wasn't hard to find in this case, because there was a switch on the opposite wall, and I located the leg for it. But there was no header (!); only a hole through the ceiling drywall. It went where it was supposed to, but why was there no header? I'm lost.

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The wall is not load bearing and was installed after the drywall was hung.

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If the interior wall was installed after the house was built then the header will be below the drywall.
Well not really a header but a top plate.
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A joed says, "top plate" is likely the correct term for what you are describing. A header is a load-bearing member that spans across framed openings in walls, such as doors and windows. His description of how this wall might have been built is entirely plausible.
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Such a simple explanation. Thanks guys.
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