Framing partial furred-out walls


Old 06-28-10, 02:58 PM
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Framing partial furred-out walls

Both the North and South walls in the basement are partially below grade. I attached a few photos. You can see the indentation of the concrete going up the wall. The portion that is cushioned is below grade while the left side which is smoother is above grade. Since the concrete is about 2" out more than the framed portion of the wall (look at 3rd picture) would it be possible to frame out a wall without having to put in a new wall with the 1" gap from the concrete?
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Old 06-28-10, 03:29 PM
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Hi spinto, and welcome to the forum.
The full vapor barrier provided by the white plastic can trap moisture vapor as it passes through the concrete. There are various opinions, so I will let you read.

It is hard from where I am to say start over, as solutions are very building specific. I try to advise customers that the work they are doing today will need to pass scrutiny tomorrow and well into the future. If mold ever does develop, it can be a long term problem. Choose well.

Old 06-28-10, 10:34 PM
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The house was built 8 years ago and has protection behind the sidings on the outside of the home. I still planned on using some kind of foam insulation on the concrete inside the framing for additional protection.

The issue I'm having is how to combine the above grade portion of the wall (already framed) with the below grade (concrete) portion of the wall.
Old 06-29-10, 10:29 AM
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I see what you're saying. I had a similar situation with a continuous knee wall. Concrete foundation came up 4', and framed from that point up. I sheet rocked over the framed portion, then built a 2 x 4 framed wall the size of the concrete knee wall and secured it to the concrete knee wall. Then sheet rocked that wall. I ended up with a nice ledge that is about 7" deep. Perfect for my Jack Russell to pace. Since there was no rafters to secure the knee wall head to, I fastened 2 x 4 pressure treated blocks to the concrete wall using a ramset and construction adhesive. And I screwed framed up knee wall to those blocks. Actually, I ramset a 2 x 4 x maybe 6 block to the concrete wall, then screwed another block to the face of that building it to give me good surface to come in from the side and fasten my complete wall. Staged it so I had one block for every other stud. Also secure the whole thing to the floor.

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