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Old 01-08-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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I want to finish the basement in my home for more living area. My question is my home was built with engineered joists. I cannot figure out what to secure the top plate to when I start the framing. There is a 6" gap between the wall and bottom of the truss.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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To the bottom of the truss cords. If running perpendicula to the truss and not under the truss, bridge the truss with 2x lumber.

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First time I've seen the cords just hanging in the air like that.
Why not just cut a block that's the lenght you need from the bottom cord to the wall then attach it with a 2x4 laying on top of the cord. Just predirll the holes in the cord so it will pull down instead of being pushed up as the screw goes in.
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Put a short 2x4 on edge along the side of the bottom cord- the bottom flush with the bottom cord- extend it to where you want. Your new top plate can now attach to it
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:41 AM   #6
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Are those joists holding load if the bottom is not sitting on anything? Looks really odd to me.
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The house was built in 2012, so not sure if it is a new construction method. As far as I can tell the bottom cords are not holding any type of load but are ridged (no movement)

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