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By Marty in Boston, MA on 2/27/2009


I am currently getting bids to frame my home.  Because I am installing radiant heat, the floor will have 1 ½” of Gyp-crete poured over the sub floor.  One question that keeps coming up is whether or not the walls will have a double plate at the bottom.  Some framers have told me that it is imperative that a double plate be installed to get the extra 1 ½” for the Gyp-crete.  Other framers have told be that unless you are using pre-cut studs (which I am not), a double plate is not needed and is just a waste of money.  In this example, I am told that the studs will be cut 1 ½” longer to keep the same ceiling height.  Has anyone dealt with or have knowledge of this issue.


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By Michael in Cave Creek, AZ on 2/27/2009


The advantage of doubling the bottom plate would be to provide a nailing surface at the bottom the wall for drywall and baseboard. I am not sure how much of an advantage that really is. Most trim carpenters will find the studs to nail on the baseboards anyway.

 

 


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By Jere in Ray Twp., MI on 2/28/2009


Most people assume using pre-cut studs, so the double plate would be necessary.  You will be fine cutting the studs 1 1/2" longer, so the double plate isn't necessary.  The longer studs are probably less expensive than the pre-cuts too...  The carpenters will have a little more time cutting each one, but they will not have the time and material to double plate if going the pre-cut route.

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By Marty in Boston, MA on 2/28/2009


I have an additional question to add:  If the studs are cut longer to accommodate a single bottom plate, is it ok to sheetrock first and then pour the Gyp-Crete?  I ask this question because two of the framers suggested that the sheetrock be installed first for two reasons.  1) it allows the bottom of the sheetrock to be screwed to the plate and 2) if for whatever reason I need to pour more than 1 ½” of Gyp-Crete, the sheetrock will act as a backstop. 


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By Faye in Marseilles, IL on 3/4/2009


Marty, I poured mine before drywall. Even if the finishers are careful - it can get messy and possibly ruin some of your drywall. Here's some photos from my pour.
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