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Installing header; remove old top plate?

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We're opening up an interior load-bearing wall and installing 2x12 header over the new opening approx 12 ft wide. To get max headroom, can we remove the old double top plate and snug the new header up against the ceiling joists, or do we have to leave the old top plate in place and push the header up against it?
Jay Beaumont

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We're opening up an interior load-bearing wall and installing 2x12 header over the new opening approx 12 ft wide. To get max headroom, can we remove the old double top plate and snug the new header up against the ceiling joists, or do we have to leave the old top plate in place and push the header up against it?
Jay Beaumont