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Re: 2nd floor addition

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To extend the top of your wall add a 5 1/4 X 11 7/8 parallel strand beam
over the double top plates.  To fasten this beam to the wall below you can
add lag bolts from the double top plate to the beam for shear and add u
shaped straps at each stud that wrap around your beam.  Plumbers and
electricians will probably be unhappy.

Ed Jonson

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