Step 6: Tilt up the partition

tilting and securing the partition wall
Photo: David Carmack
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When all the pieces have been nailed together, tilt the wall into position so that the face edge of the top plate lands alongside the line on the ceiling. If necessary, get someone help you raise the partition into position.

If the fit is tight, use a sledgehammer and a scrap wood "pounding block" to tap the edge of the sole plate into alignment with the chalk line on the floor. If the partition runs perpendicular to ceiling joists, drive one 16d nail through the top plate into each joist.

If the partition runs directly beneath a joist, nail into it through the top plate in every stud bay. If the top plate lands between the joists, nail it to blocking.

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    Tools List

    • four-foot level
      Level,
      for checking whether studs are plumb
    • sledge hammer
      Sledgehammer,
      for nudging the sole plate into position
    • framing square
      Framing square,
      for marking cut and layout lines
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      20-oz. framing hammer
    • chalk line
      Chalk line,
      for marking location of wall on floor and ceiling
    • plumb bob
      Plumb bob,
      for aligning layout marks between ceiling and floor
    • speed square
      Speed Square,
      for marking plates, headers, and studs, and as a saw guide
    • circular saw
      Circular saw

    Shopping List

    1. 2x4s

    2. 10D AND 16D COMMON NAILS