Drywall over I-Beams


Old 04-28-03, 08:10 AM
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Question Drywall over I-Beams

I am planning on finishing my basement and have a question about how to drywall over my I-beam that is in the basement. I don't want to frame it in because of headroom. Someone mentioned using Liquid Nails to fasten 2X4's in the gap of the I-Beam and screwing the drywall into those 2X4's. Then glueing the drywall to the bottom of the beam.

The 2X4's fit into the gap of the beams and the idea seemed to make sense to me, I am looking for more input of experienced people.

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Old 04-28-03, 11:48 AM
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Not sure about the gluing. Mechanical fasterners just seem better, I don't know....

How about attaching dimentional lumber on either side of the steel beam such that the bottom of the lumber is the same as the bottom of the beam? You would then screw the drywall to the bottoms of the dimnetional lumber on either side of the steel, that would keep the lumber from pulling apart. the lumber would be attached normally to the wood framing above.

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I've never seen it done, but it seems like the plan schwartz1973 presented should work okay. But Brewbeer's idea sounds workable too.
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I too was concerned with saving all headspace possible under my beam, like brewbeer's idea, I nailed 2x2's along my beam to the floor joists, conected, I beileive 1x6's to to the 2x2's parallel to the beam and will attach plywood against the bottom of the beam and into the 1x6's. all went well just have to atach the plywood. will prob apply some liquid nails right to the bottom of the beam and use finishing nails to attach to the 1x6.
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