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Old 02-04-2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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OK guys, I have decided to add on to my house. I will be hiring a contractor to do the foundation work (crawlspace). The existing house is vinyl sided. The addition will be approx 16X26.

My question involves how to attach the addition wall to the existing wall (intersection). Is it OK to simply remove the siding, and nail to side of existing house (through the sheathing into existing 2x4 stud), or do I need to open the existing wall and put in a traditional "corner like" post to nail the addition wall to? Thanks!

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The correct way would be to open the wall and install your inside corner post. It doesn,t have to be now, just remove enough siding so they can match your foundation heights.
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Thanks Bob. The reason for the "corner post" or whatever the correct terminology is, is to provide for nailing surface of the sheetrock right? So, if the existing house wall will be a common wall to the addition, I should be able to nail sheetrock directly to the existing wall's sheathing. Then I just need the nailing surface for the new wall.

I think I can get into the top of the existing wall, and cut the (upper)top plate and then tie in the (upper)top plate for the new wall into the existing. I think that would give sufficient connection of new wall to old wall???
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if there is any overhangs on the addition, there shouldn't be any problem tying the plates together, you could open part of the roof , when you construct your valleys. unless your tying into a wall with a second story. BOB.
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As bob stated, the new addition should be attached, not to the main home's plywood sheathing (not strong)...you would add framing to the main home's area (corner post) to attach to.
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mmm thanks.

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