illustration Pony Wall Support
JLC illustration Pony Wall Support

I’m framing a new slab-on-grade home where the master shower is enclosed by a pair of 6-foot-tall pony walls that are connected to the flanking walls only at their ends. Because both partitions will be covered with ceramic tile, I’m wondering how I can frame a wall rigid enough to prevent cracks.

A. Robert Zschoche, a tile-setter in Chantilly, Va., responds: I was faced with a similar situation in the second-floor bathroom of a recent remodel (see illustration, below). I used upside-down joist hangers to fasten double 2x6 blocking between the floor joists directly under the freestanding end of the wall, then ran a length of 5/8-inch...

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