How to Frame a Short Wall in an Attic

by:UMeasure     2020-04-05
Using existing loft space is a costAn effective way to add storage or living space to your home.However, not all spaces in the attic are functional as most roof slopes-Resulting in narrow space on the side of the attic.Blocking an unusable slope with a short wall, sometimes called a \"knee wall\", gives the attic room a full look.Two-by-The frame standard for most walls is four pieces of wood, including a short wall in the attic.Buy enough to install a bolt between each end of the wall and every 16 inch.Plates at the top and bottom are allowed.You will need a round saw, Carpenter Square, chop saw, chalk line, laser level, tape measure and a frame DingTalk or hammer.Nails for 16d and 8d are also required.First, set the floor where you want the short wall.Use the side gable to square the plate or use the exterior wall of the house as a reference.These are the boards that support the attic floor support beams at the narrow end of the attic.Connect the floor to the beam by passing two 16d nails through the door post and inserting into each beam.The top plate for installing the short loft wall is a tricky part.You can\'t align the center of the plate because the edge of the top plate extends too far due to the angle.Instead, use a laser level on the outer edge of the bottom plate and mark it accordingly on the rafter above.Do this at each end and break the chalk line on the raf.Carefully insert the nails into the chalk line at each end, and tie the rope to the nail, stretching the tightened rope to the edge of the floor below.Set the top plate in a way where the edges barely touch the strings at both ends.Using 16d nails, two nails per nail, the top plate is fixed in place.Measure and cut each wall column separately.Cut the top of each bolt into an angle-the same angle as the slope of the roof.Use a 8d nail with an insertion angle of \"toenails\" to fix the wall nail in place, insert two nails with uniform spacing on one side, and insert a nail at the center of the other side.Do this at the top and bottom of each bolt.Whenever you build a wall in an existing room, it is better to fix it well instead of fixing it on the floor and then standing up.This is particularly important in the attic, as raf is notorious for swelling and movement, so it is not uncommon for one end of the attic wall to be slightly higher than the other.The knee wall can be of any height, but the 4 feet is typical as you can connect the full dry wall panel to the studs horizontally.
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