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frame a cinder block wall without top plate

I have a 2 1/2 cinder block garage on a slab, I would like to convert into a workshop.  I am having difficulties understanding how to frame the block walls.


I want to frame the wall 1 inch from the block. I know that I will need a pressure treated bottom plate to which I can toe-nail the bottom of my studs.  I do not know how to attach the top of the studs.  The garage doesn't have a ceiling to which I can attach a top plate.  Is it acceptable to attach each stud to a roof truss?

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Posted 2013-12-05T22:39:17+0000  by mbulger mbulger

Two options.  Miter the end of your studs so that the top plate sits on an angle that matches the truss.  Or, come off the truss with a short piece of wood, held vertically.  Attach you top plate to those.


I'm assuming you're not framing for a flat ceiling.... 

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Posted 2013-12-06T14:44:02+0000  by Adam444

Use a top plate and nail that to the truss.  On the walls where the trusses run parallel to the wall, block between the trusses to catch the top plate.


You may find it easier to build the wall on the floor and then stand it up.  


When you get to the corners, make sure you consider how you're going to attach the drywall when you lay out your framing.

Posted 2013-12-05T23:11:39+0000  by Adam444
The trusses are on an angle. How do I properly attach a top plate across the angular trusses?
Posted 2013-12-06T01:12:49+0000  by mbulger

You have something like a scissors truss?


Posted 2013-12-06T01:19:55+0000  by Adam444
That looks about right
Posted 2013-12-06T01:37:53+0000  by mbulger
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