Ok, 3 hours later.
I nail #4 2x4 top plates against the load. Those are 2x9.
Another #4 2x4 bottom plates on the concrete floor. Don't ask why i couldn't do a long one, it was already done...couldn't yank it up.
Then I place #4 2x4 studs from top plate to bottom plate.
Another few blocks from the concrete studs to the new 2x4 studs.
I'm very sure this can handle my tank.
Note to self:
Finish all framing first before doing plumbing, not the other way around lol.
Off to finish the stand, will report back in a few hours.
Last edited by andyl9063; 08-17-2013 at 10:20 PM.
thanks guy, i'm taking those 2x4 out tomorrow and adding the top plate. Then I'll put the 2x4 stud back on. Are there any extra plates? I see the diagrm with load, then 2x4 , and top plates. are these the same thing?
@mittens, my stand is overbuilt, it'll be fine.
A double top plate is standard for any frame wall. If this is in a basement with a slab-on-grade if the soils below are good then you might be ok with a single bottom plate. If there is ANY shifting at all, it is better to float the bottom of the wall using 60d nails. It might be worth spending a little to have a structural engineer come out and take a quick look.
(disclaimer: I am an Architectural designer, I work with structural engineers on my buildings every day, but I am not qualified to design any structural systems, a professional should be consulted regarding any structural changes / additions to any building before construction begins)
I consulted with a structure engineer at work and he said it look fine.
He recommend a builder to come inspect it.
My brother in law is coming on Sunday to check up on the structure. He have much more experience than I do from building houses.
my expertise is systems/networks. I didn't realize this project was so big. First time doing all this, but I learn a lot. Next time, I might just buy a ready tank/stand...
Got the stand painted. Doing the sump this weekend. If it goes well, we might get the tank on top of the stand this weekend.
Everything looks really good so far. Very smart of you to take your time and do it right. Looking forward to seeing this progress. Keep posting updates.
And really did you expect your wife to help?...... They have girlie things to do. You think looking good is easy?
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