Post and Beam Top Plates

Depending on how the tops of your bale walls interface with the framing, you will still need some kind of cap over the straw. Often, this is a strip of plywood attached over or under the beam, or to the underside of the floor or roof joists. Place this wood carefully and caulk, or otherwise seal, the joints between strips. Cut this cap wider than the bales (one additional inch on each side), so that it can act as a plaster stop and create a clean edge for abutting ceiling or soffit material.

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