Thanks for “Framing a Walk-Out Basement” (6/08). I always enjoy your framing articles, as framing is the mainstay of the small business I own. While doubling up the plates on the highest part of the foundation does allow you to overlap the framed walls below, I don’t allow this on my jobs because it wastes material. Instead, we extend the upper treated plates onto the lower framed walls by at least 4 feet to achieve the same effect.

Shane Geberin The Home Group Noblesville, Ind.

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