Originally Posted By: wdecker
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I need a crarification of a term. When one has a foundation and builds up a short, framed wall between the sill plate and the first floor, where the floor joists do not rest on the sill plate but in the top of the short wall, what is this called.
I have heard 'knee wall', but other sources say this refers to a short wall built on the 2nd floor for 1 1/2 story construction. Others have called it a 'cripple' wall.
I have seen this used when the foundation wall is low and the builder wants to increase the height of basement.
Again, is is a short wall that raises the floor joists higher than the sill plate.