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Old 10-08-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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cutting out some top plate in a load bearing wall

Can i remove 2 stud spaces worth of a top plate in 2 different locations on a load bearing wall in my basement to allow for my cold air returns to come up? My wall is about 28' long with 2 openeings on each end for a 32" door


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Old 10-08-2011, 05:48 PM   #3
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There's not a scenario where I would ever think that would be a good idea.
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:16 PM   #4
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Is this new construction?
Through the floor or to the attic?
2 stud bays will weaken the wall no matter how you try to patch it back, and you are talking 2 areas Why not put a chase in and then you will not have to cut any plates?
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