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Old 10-22-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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I need to frame a simple long load bearing wall with only ceiling/roof load above. It will be typical construction with a sole plate, studs 16" oc and a double top plate. Since the longest plate material I can get is shorter than the wall length I will need to have at least one joint in each of the plates.

I know that I want to have the joints in the double top plate at least 4' from each other. Does it matter where these joints are located in relation to the studs? For example if the joint in the lower plate of the double top plate lands between two studs 16" oc is that ok? Or should the studs be doubled up at the joint so that both ends are supported by a stud?

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Old 10-22-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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Does it matter where these joints are located in relation to the studs?
No, it doesn't. Put the joint anywhere you want.

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Joe! I know you're a professional framer and appreciate your taking time out to help us DIYers.
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I agree with Joe that it doesn't matter...Unless you have roof or ceiling loads landing in between the studs. If your loads stack directly in line with the studs, splice location is not an issue. If you have a splice between the studs and a rafter sitting between the studs, you'd need to add a stud to support the rafter.
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Well I guess I should have said I was going to use roof trusses 24" OC so no doubt that some will land between the studs.
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Then you must have two continuous top plates from stud to stud to take the trusses' loads. Instead of worrying about where to splice, I'd just stick a stud in where you break one of the plates with a truss overhead.
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Agreed - just add a stud where the plate in seamed.
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yes it matters cut your plates even red number on your plate

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