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Basement wall framing

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I am framing an exterior wall in my basement (against concrete block). Is it necessary touse a top plate when framing or could I just anchor the 2 x 4 frmes to the floor joists? If not, why not?

Thank you!
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Using a top plate is the preferred method to maintain straight lines and ease of layout for framing.
Not ALL the studs are going to land exactly on a floor joist.

However if you choose to do it that way:whistling2: I don't see any structural issues.
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