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Old 11-06-2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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So, I'm building the load bearing wall that goes in my new basement. Of course, everything isn't perfectly level. So, at one end, the wall height is about 3/8" lower than the other. So, the way I see it I have three options.

1. Build the wall at the shorter height. Then when the I-joists are set, shim them to make up the the height difference.

2. Install the 32' i-joists before the load bearing wall is built. Then measure the height of each stud. And finally, install the load bearing wall with the help of a big hammer.

3. Something eles???

My first thought is to go with the first method. But, I just thought I would ask.

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Old 11-06-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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I'm curious, why not install a steel beam with columns like a typical basement setup? I supposed a properly designed load bearing wall would work. Did you thicken the concrete slab continuously under the load bearing wall for additional support? What sort of stud spacing do you plan on using?

No offense, but based on your suggestions below, you may want to contact a structural engineer for guidance. It would be money well spent.

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I'm curious, why not install a steel beam with columns like a typical basement setup? I supposed a properly designed load bearing wall would work. Did you thicken the concrete slab continuously under the load bearing wall for additional support? What sort of stud spacing do you plan on using?

No offense, but based on your suggestions below, you may want to contact a structural engineer for guidance. It would be money well spent.
We decided not to install a beam since we are going to install a wall at that location anyway. Why have a beam and a wall? Yes, there is a 2'x8" spread footing below the concrete slab along the location of the wall. The 2x6 studs are space at 2' center to match the spacing of the floor joists. Efectivley we have individual posts supporting each floor joist.

Actually, I just got off the phone with a structural engineer. He said either method would be fine. But, it'd be easier to just shim it considering how small of difference I had.
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:23 PM   #4
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not goin on a whole lot of info here, but why not run a chalk line where the wall will stand at the height where your jsi's are sitting. then mark each stud at the point where it will be stood. then stick frame the wall.
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