Basement Framing (half walls)

Old 01-16-03, 01:59 PM
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Question Basement Framing (half walls)

I have a partially to fully exposed basement I am finishing and would like to know the best way to frame out the area where there is 42" of 10" thick concrete topped by 2x6 studs? Do I frame just to the top of the concrete and tack a piece of oak between the new frame and the old 2X6 framing to make a shelf? Or do I need to frame higher and put something else between the new and old framing before attaching the shelf?

Old 01-16-03, 02:44 PM
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This is based upon what you want but either way is ok, your the "Boss"!

I'd place a w/t stock on top of the 10" block and then drywall that and then place the Oak if that is your idea?

Good Luck!
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Your shelf idea is your best route. this is the most common type of finishing those types of basements. Good Luck
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build yourself a kneewall the height of the first plate(probably P.T. . i would use some plywood to connect kneewall to plate, adjust for perfect plumb/level then do your finsh product over that. it provides good nailing and a firm base.
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I'm doing a similar project right now. Basment lower
wall about 6 1/2 cinder block high, the remaining 3' or
so studs... I placed paneling over the top (stud part) when
I first moved in, and heard in another forum that
paneling w/o dry wall is a no no. Wasn't sure why it was ok for all
those years for the studs and insulation with no wall cover at
all is ok- then paneling over later an issue?? (I just finished
suspended ceiling as well, so I would not change it unless I
had to before moving)...

Regarding finishing the lower walls:
Is there a place I could get more details on the
framing, proper insulation, and constructing the
shelf? I don't know a lot of lingo, for example
"kneewall" Is that simply the lower wall I'm talking
about? I also have a french drain so the
lower framing would have to be proped up a couple
inches say flat 2x4 blocks, fastened
to the wall, then the props removed, correct?

What also is the best way to fasten to cinder block?

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