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Original Post: Framing for a fireplace

carlg - Member

This may sound like an easy question, so hopefully it is.

I'm going to be framing for a five inch deep electric fireplace. It is really going to be just a wall built out of 2x6's that sits directly in front of the main existing wall. It 's going to hold a lot of weight' the electric fireplace (about 75 lbs), the stone that will be installed around the fireplace, and a TV.

Sound pretty easy, but then I got thinking. How do you attach this wall to the primary/existing wall so it doesn't fall over? The existing wall has drywall on it. I was thinking about getting some of the corner bracket Simpson Strong Ties, but I'm not sure if this is the way to go.

What is the proper way to attached this wall?

Pilot Dane - Group Moderator

If your new wall is going to be floor to ceiling?

What direction do the floor and ceiling joists run in relation to your new wall?

carlg - Thread Starter

New wall will be from floor to ceiling.

The floor joists below are perpendicular to the wall.

The ceiling above is vaulted and the joists are also perpendicular to new wall

XSleeper - Group Moderator

There is really no issue then with the wall "falling over". If you are framing a new wall in front of the old one, it does not need to be connected to the wall behind it. The top plate will be fastened to the ceiling.

carlg - Thread Starter

I think I see.

The ceiling is vaulted so it is at an angle.

I will have to get extra long screws or place some extra blocking between the top of wall and the ceiling.

It's a pretty steep slope, so 5 1/2 inches away from the primary wall (the depth of my new wall), the top will be a good 4 or 5 inches lower than the ceiling.

XSleeper - Group Moderator

Your top plate goes against the ceiling whether it is vaulted or not.

carlg - Thread Starter

I see again!


I'm assuming my vertical studs need to be cut at an angle!

XSleeper - Group Moderator

That is correct. Not much different than this, except not 20 feet tall.

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