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Can I frame a wall over drywall (top plate on ceiling)?


I need to build a wall in a bath remodel. This will be at the head of tub (opposite the drain), and have a ledger for the tub as well. The other side of this wall will be a closet.

I can nail down the bottom plate to the subfloor. But drywall is already on the ceiling. Do you foresee any problems if I nail up my top plate on the ceiling drywall? Of course I’ll nail into the joists above.

I guess the other option is cutting out the drywall. Thoughts?


As long as the top plate is nailed into solid framing, you are good to go. No need to remove the drywall. Just run cement board (for tile) or drywall up the new wall, and tape the joint at the ceiling, and you are good to go. Hope this helps.

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