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Old 06-12-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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top plate against uneven beams: shim or not ?


as i started framing my basement apartment, whose ceiling beams are 100 yrs old and not very level one against the other, i am wondering whether i should be shimming the ones that are lifted above the horizontal line between it and the top plate ?

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Old 06-12-2008, 01:16 PM   #2
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Shim them tight

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If the ceiling beams/joists been there for 100 years, we can assume that the walls you're framing are non-load-bearing walls, correct? Unless the walls you're framing are built for the purpose of supporting them, I see no need or advantage to shimming them.
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I agree with termite, there is no structural need for the shimming, but it is easier to secure the top plate when it is tight to the joist.
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...we can assume that the walls you're framing are non-load-bearing walls...
i think that is correct. the big fat beams are anchored in brick wall slots that are sized accordingly and are suspended in that manner. no, the frame will NOT be bearing the structure over it by no means. it is just to hang drywall and such.

is this what you meant ?
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Yes it is. They're non-load-bearing. Either way you do it you'll be fine!
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awesome ! why do people have problems with TERMITES, i wonder ? come pretty handy to me.

hope you'll be able to make it to my basement warming party in DC from KS ...
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Thanks for the invite. I'll clear my schedule.

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