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Old 10-15-2010, 06:07 PM   #1
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Interior dividing wall

A group I belong to is about to move into a new rental that needs to be divided. The plan is to build a 32 foot dividing wall with 1 door.

My question is this:

The building has a drop ceiling.. Can we build a non load bearing wall this length without directly tying the top plate into anything?

I haven't gotten the chance to look above the ceiling tiles yet and don't know which way the beams are running.

If this won't be sturdy, how many times should we tie in on a 32 foot section (assuming there is anything to grab up there)?

Thanks for any help.


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Old 10-16-2010, 08:59 AM   #2
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So no-one knows then? Or perhaps it's just not unusual and interesting enough a question to solicit an answer...


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Old 10-16-2010, 04:01 PM   #3
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Ken: Hang on, I just got up! 32' is way, way too long to not have the top secured at every above floor joist/roof truss, whatever is up there (I did not see where you said one story or two). If the wall will be parallel to the "whatevers" up there, then install blocking and nail to that, at least a few 16 penny nails every 16" ought to do. BTW: It would also be good/better if you could brace the wall w/ some perpendicular walls, as in interior room walls, if that is an option. I THINK the recommended (mandated?) distance for a non-braced wall is 20'. Check w/ local building people, engineer, architect. AND, you may want to investigate the special plates that allow you to lock a wall to a "roof", and yet let the "roof" sag when it needs to, as when you get a snow load. Otherwise, you wall will become load bearing, and there may not be anything underneath it to support it. j
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