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 Post subject: Stud wall issue
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:43 am 
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Hello,

I have an issue in a 1 year old new build which seems to be a creaky top plate on a stud wall.

When walking on the floor above you can hear the top plate creaking from below.

In simple terms I have a creaky stud partition but instead of it coming from the sole plate it's coming from the top plate transferring through the ceiling when walked over and being heard in the room below.

Builder says its drying out and to leave it a couple of months then secure it.

Any clues? :cheers:

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 Post subject: Re: Stud wall issue
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:59 am 
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Your builder is more than likely on the right track. A lot of timber is stored outside , the whole thing is built in the open and is subject to the vagaries of the weather and can be quite wet at times and I've seen treated timber come with water running of the lorry. Even fixed as firmly as possible once the timber starts to shrink it's not uncommon to start to hear squeaking on thosefixings. You're build is right when he says to leave it a while for the whole thing to become acclimated to it's surrounds before trying to remedy the problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Stud wall issue
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The top plate probably has a nail that’s just missed it’s fixing point and is rubbing against the flooring or dwang.

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It seems very common practice nowadays to glue chipboard flooring which makes it close to impossible to lift without damage so curing what is a simple squeak might involve a considerable amount of work to get to it . I've seen people cut holes in ceilings in the worst case scenario .


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we built a few timber frame houses wher all internal partitions were not fixed to the top plate.
the top plate was a little shy of the joists.
andthe joists crossing the top plate were fixed with L-brackets using screws in the bracket slots,not holes.
this allowed movement in the floor above the partition until it settled down.


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I can remember one stud wall ( at Caton hall if memory serves) that was fixed at the top but not at the bottom. The whole wall was effectively hung from the roof trusses. I think we were lifting floorboards for something or other and being on our knees the gap where the floor had sagged a little became apparent.


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