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Old 07-13-2013, 03:25 AM   #1
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Plumbing Vent Drilled into Load Bearing Wall


My contractor drilled a huge hole into the double top plate and bottom plate of an interior load bearing wall to accommodate a toilet vent pipe for my remodel. Looking at the size of the hole I'm concerned (he drilled through 90% of the wood), but he swore to me that it would not compromise the integrity of the house. Does this need to be reinforced? Is there anything else I should do before he puts the walls up?

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Removing a section of the top and bottom plate will seldom effect the strength of the wall.----the studs are what is holding up the house---if the joists are above and below the studs,then you are fine.

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Make sure there's nail plates over that area so someone does not run a screw or nail through the pipe.
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Thank you both for your responses- and great tip Joe Captain. I didn't consider that potential nightmare!
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