Existing basement walls

Old 05-02-05, 11:42 AM
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Existing basement walls

I have torn down most (okay all says my wife) of the basement, ceiling drywall included, except for the stud walls on the outside walls. Not sure if I should take them down (I have about 90 linear feet). This basement was originally done 10 years ago and they used 2x3 no PT on ground and they added to the original builders semi wall. Can I build a new wall infront of this one?
Old 05-02-05, 02:53 PM
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Anywhere framing touches masonary it should be treated lumber. I wouldn't leave untreated wood against concrete, it is an invitation for trouble down the road.
Old 05-03-05, 03:30 PM
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I personally would use metal studs with a PT boittom plate and the metal stud on top. this way you have a nailer for moldings and then stud the rest in metal. If down the road termites become a problem. it would be pretty hard to eat through metal.

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