I am trying to build a non-load bearing wall parallel to the I-joist in my basement. I know that I need to add bracing to span the gap between the wall and the joist, but I am slightly confused as to where to nail it. Most places had suggested to face nail through the I-joist and then toe nail the brace to the rim joist. But this is not level. This is what I was thinking of doing. Does this make sense? Can I use screws on the the rim boards instead of nails?

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  • ...or you could just nail/screw a thick piece (1-1/2" at a guess, aka 2x lumber) from the top of the sill plate to the bottom of the I-Joist, if "brown lumber is old, "greenish wood looking lumber is new" is your color code. Unless you are desperate for that inch and a half on top of the wall, anyway... – Ecnerwal Feb 7 '16 at 3:34

End nailing into the brace will not be a useful and strong joint. Instead do something like the following where the brace is made of 2x lumber. Notch it as shown and set on edge and toe nailed from each side. Much stronger.

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    Agree completely, and wanted to note that screws (used appropriately) would work as well as nails. – Aloysius Defenestrate Feb 7 '16 at 0:52
  • also screws may be easier to fit (especially at the joist end) – Jasen Feb 7 '16 at 2:58
  • All depends on the working space, tools available, and other factors. I would use screws myself in many cases like this except that if there is room for a pneumatic nailer it can make the toe nailing operation a piece of cake. – Michael Karas Feb 7 '16 at 7:21
  • So, here's a question about the toe nailing - there is just shy of 1" of the joist to nail into. Its the diagram showing putting in 3 nails into the joist? It doesn't seem like it'd fit without running into each other or splitting the wood. Also, what types of screws would you use? – 2 Left Thumbs Feb 7 '16 at 13:56
  • It almost seems like if I didn't put it on edge, I could instead use 2 2x4's stacked. Then I could put 2 screws into the end of the the one on the joist and then nail the 2 boards together (which also alleviates having to notch the 2x4's to the right size) – 2 Left Thumbs Feb 7 '16 at 14:00

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