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Staggered Stud Wall With Separate Sill (base) and top Plates

Postby Luke6 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:11 am

Hi, I recently ran into this picture online.
Staggered studs w split sill plate.jpg
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It got me thinking: wouldn't a staggered-stud wall with a split top and bottom plate like this be even more soundproof than a double-stud wall with studs facing each other (albeit with a small gap in between)? That's all other factors (depth, batting, etc.) being the same, of course. My notion is that a small gap between facing studs will allow more sound to flank than studs not facing each other.

Thanks for the input.
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