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Old 06-22-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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Metal Stud Top Plate onto I Beam for NON Load Bearing Wall

I have a 10 foot span where I need to build a simple divider wall. I have a small one story house, so the main IBeam running through the basement is a small 3 inch one going horizontally across the basement joists.

The width is perfectfor me to attach the stud to. I'd like to do a metal stud on the top plate, and i'm going to use a metal stud on the bottom plate that i'll ramset into the concrete (as I've done for ll the exterior walls). I want to use wooden studs for support, plus it'll be a bit easier to attach a metal stud to the ibeam than the wooden one.

I plan to use liquid nails to first support the metal top plate to the ibeam. I will then first install the two outer most vertical studs to help support it. I'm then thinking about using a drill to drill about 3 or 4 holes (staggered on either side of the beam, about every other stud) and i'll put in bolts to help really tie it in.

I want to be careful not to push the beam up and start pushing the subfloor up, as the ibeam is working great, no sag, no trouble with the boards or subfloor; so i don't want to start trouble mucking with it.

Is there a need for the bolts, or will the liquid nails and studs be enough?

Also, if I do put small bolts in, would it affect the structural integrrity? I know through the webbing isn't a problem, but is altering the flat parton either side of the "I" in the I Beam an issue?

Thanks in advance!


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Old 06-23-2010, 01:42 PM   #2
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The only forces on the top plate will be at right angles to the I beam axis and any kind of 'I beam clamp' will resist those. BTW, "The horizontal elements of the "I" are flanges"

Make your own version of one of these
out of a strip of plywood, two machine screws, two nuts and two fender washers. LocTite the nuts and clamp your assembly to the lower flange and then fasten the top plate to the plywood with short wood screws.


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Old 06-24-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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Ah yeah, I see. That would work. Since it's just to hold up drywall for a dividing wall, it doesn't need much support. If I get the studs snug, any way I frame to the ibeam should suffice; as the bottom will be completely secure into the concrete.
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