I am remodeling my bathroom and I have run into a problem removing some of the framing where a shower used to be. There is a 2x4 spanning the 5 1/2 foot width of the bathroom and it has been built into the top plate of the exterior wall and a roof truss sits on top of it. My question is can I get away with cutting it flush with the wall or should I just live with it and tile over it.
This 2x4 in question was a part of a wall that separated shower from vanity/bathroom. This shows the bathroom at a full view then a sketch of it. The walls are both load bearing. I have already removed one just like this on the far side near the toilet. All these walls that have been removed run parallel to the ceiling joists. Also there is an image of a spot where I removed a wall that created a shower surround and shows how the 2x4 was laid into the top plate of the wall.