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acyate 02-27-2009 07:56 PM

Loads on a partition wall
I am looking to construct a partition wall (non load bearing). It will be supported/connected on each side by an existing wall. It will also be about 6" in front of another existing wall.

Unlike typical wall construction, this one will only have sheetrock on one side rather than both sides.

Do I need to provide any support/connections from the partition wall to the existing wall behind it? Or can I just rely on the weight of the wall and its connection to the existing side walls for stability? My concern is that the partition wall will carry some sort of overturning load and the connection to the side walls will be insufficient to handle this load . I would like to avoid touching the existing rear wall if I can.

BTW, the partition wall will be about 9' long and 8' high. I'm assuming all the weight will be all vertical but I'm not certain since only one side has sheetrock.

SNC 02-27-2009 09:06 PM

if you nail it up at each end and a few in the top and bottom its not going anywhere.

cocobolo 02-28-2009 10:39 AM

Are we to assume that there will be nothing connecting the wall at the top plate?
As SNC says, with both ends fastened, it won't move. If you are so concerned about it, you could always build the wall on the floor, sheet the back side with drywall, then stand it in place. But what amounts to just over 100 lbs. of drywall on one side isn't about to magically tip your wall over.

acyate 02-28-2009 03:02 PM


there is no connection between the top plate and the ceiling. The only connection are the side walls. Basically, I am building the wall on the floor, tilting it up, and connection each side to the side walls. The bottom and top plates would not be attached to the floor or ceiling.

cocobolo 02-28-2009 10:05 PM

Well, that's definitely different. The wall IS sitting on the floor, is it not?
Is there some particular reason that the bottom plate can not be attached to the floor?
Another thought came to mind, if you wished to stiffen the wall up, you could always add some 2 x 4's laterally behind the wall.

Scuba_Dave 02-28-2009 10:19 PM

Why 6" in front of another wall?
You will end up with 6" of dead space?

cocobolo 02-28-2009 10:27 PM

It does seem a bit odd, doesn't it Dave?

Scuba_Dave 02-28-2009 10:46 PM

Usually support is top to bottom
You will not have that

I would run the studs from left to right instead
That way support will be from the walls on the sides

Then put blocking in top to bottom at the 4' mark
Buy 2 pcs of 10' long sheetrock

Clutchcargo 02-28-2009 11:02 PM

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It sounds like he wants to bury his TV in the wall or something like... maybe for a theater room. I would think the wall should work out fine as long as it's secured on both sides. I'd also screw in the toe plate, however.

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