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Most US building codes require forces to be calculated in accordance with ASCE-7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Some may offer prescriptive design requirements, these tend not to include proprietary engineered products such as specific Simpson Anchors. The Simpson H2.5A can make framing easier. However, it may or may not be ...


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The answer ultimately depends upon your local climate/weather (heavy wind loading?), but generally the way to handle that situation is to span the joists at the top plate with a "rim joist", then toenail all the joists to the top plate. BTW... you might want your top plate to extend over the top of that corner post instead of nailing to its side. ...


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Quoid, do you live in an area subject to heavy snow loading? If you do, DO NOT remove those joists - they're responsible for holding your walls in as your roof exerts downward pressure from the snow's weight. Remove them, and the walls may blow outward as the garage collapses around you.


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When the construction is non-structural, then 1x furring strips can be used to attach the gypsum board. However, for a home theater, prioritizing acoustical performance may make more sense than prioritizing an inch or two of additional floor area - particularly given that furniture/equipment selection and arrangement is more directly related functional floor ...


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The short answer is maybe. When it comes to home improvement some people do very strange things. If you must be sure (you don't mention what you intend to do with this information which would be helpful) your best bet is to find a corner, maybe in a closet if there is one, and cut a small section of the sheet rock out, check it and patch. ---- Edit ...



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