Is it safe to remove the top plate in one section of an interior non-load bearing wall between two studs space 16" apart?
The reason I ask is because I need to run some ductwork to my cold air return trunk line, and the trunk line runs directly over and perpendicular to one of the interior walls in my basement. I'd like to run the ductwork between the studs and into the CAR, but the top plate is in the way. Can I remove the top plate?
The only thing above this wall is the HVAC duct, and the HVAC can't possibly be part of the load-bearing structure. So I suspect it's safe to cut it out (heck, I bet I could remove the entire wall if I wanted - it's not in the original blueprints)