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Install the side wall top plates with 16d nails driven into the
ceiling joists.
c. INSTALL TOP PLATES FOR SIDE WALL
1. Measure and cut upper and lower top plates for
the side wall. The lower top plate should be 3
1
/2"
shorter than the upper top plate to allow space for
the corner construction. Position the upper top
plate of the side wall flush with the pencil lines
and drive 16d nails through the top plate into the
ceiling joists.
2. Attach the lower top plate to the upper top plate
with 10d nails, making sure the side edges of the
top plates are flush and the spacing is accurate for
the corner construction.
D. INSTALL TOP PLATES FOR FRONT WALL
1. Cut upper and lower top plates for the front wall
to length with a circular saw. Make sure the lower
top plate is 2" longer than the upper top plate to
allow space for the corner construction. Position
the upper top plate of the front wall flush with the
pencil lines and facenail it to the ceiling joists with
16d nails.
2. Position the lower top plate against the upper top
plate so the side edges are flush and the spacing
is accurate for the corner construction. Facenail
the lower top plate to the upper top plate with
10d nails.
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Facenail the front wall top plates with 16d nails.
Take multiple plumb bob readings to determine the
locations of the sole plates.
E. LAY OUT THE ROUGH OPENING &
SOLE PLATES
1. Measure and mark the layout for rough opening
framing members of the door on the lower top
plate of the front wall. The width of the rough
opening should equal the width of the door frame
plus %" on each side. Make marks indicating the
jack and king stud locations.
2. Determine the position of the sole plates with
multiple plumb bob readings. Hang a plumb bob
from the outside edges of each end of the top
plate assemblies for both new walls. The tip of the
plumb bob should nearly touch the floor. When
it is completely motionless, mark the plumb bob's
position on the floor with a pencil.
3. Take additional plumb bob readings from the door-
side mark of both jack studs to indicate the end
of each bottom plate for the front wall.
4. Snap chalk lines on the floor, marking the locations
for sole plates. Then use a right angle square to
square off the ends of the markings for the sole
plates of the front wall, indicating the beginning
of the rough opening for the door.
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