Removing plate on non load bearing wall

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Removing plate on non load bearing wall

Post by Stevedud » Mon May 14, 2018 6:41 am

I am in the process of removing a non load bearing wall. The wal goes from the outside wall to the middle gerder. The plate in the ceiling has 2 2x4 nailed together. The bottom one goes from wall to wall but the upper one goes into the wall a little, sitting on top of another piece of wood.

My question is how do I remove that upper plate?


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Re: Removing plate on non load bearing wall

Post by A. Spruce » Mon May 14, 2018 9:55 am

Cut it flush with the mating wall.
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Re: Removing plate on non load bearing wall

Post by Stevedud » Mon May 14, 2018 7:25 pm

Here’s some pictures to check if it’s ok to cut. The wall is going parallel with the rafters.
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Re: Removing plate on non load bearing wall

Post by Stevedud » Mon May 14, 2018 7:27 pm

Sorry about the pictures, the 3 of them need to be turned 90 degrees clockwise.

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Re: Removing plate on non load bearing wall

Post by Shannon » Mon May 14, 2018 8:33 pm

Yup use a recip. Saw or osolating saw to cut that plate off.
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Re: Removing plate on non load bearing wall

Post by A. Spruce » Mon May 14, 2018 10:21 pm

I would recommend opening the walls and ceiling back one bay from the wall because the drywall will be much thicker in the corners than anywhere else due to the taping of the joints. Because of this, if you try to simply fill in the 4" wide trench in the drywall, you're going to have a noticeable lump once the patch work if completed. By opening the walls and ceilings back to the next framing member, you remove that thickened edge and will be able to blend the patch seamlessly into the rest of the drywall surface.

The added benefit of removing the drywall will be more access to remove the wall in question as well as have better access into the wall and ceiling to relocate any electrical that may be connected to the wall you're removing.
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Re: Removing plate on non load bearing wall

Post by Stevedud » Wed May 16, 2018 6:43 am

Thank you A Spruce and Shannon for your confirmation and suggestions. Wall will be coming down this weekend.

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