Basement Framing

Old 06-08-01, 05:17 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I have a lot to learn from you...

I kind of understand your reply regarding pressure-treated 2x4s against the concrete floor. Not sure what is "sole and plate". Probably something to make the 2x4 stud stand up straight? I'm not so clear how to secure the 2x4s against the concrete wall if I leave a bit of gap away from the wall. Do I also leave gap away from the concrete wall for the pressure-treated 2x4 that will be placed on the concrete floor? If not, would the 2x4 against the concrete wall(w/ gap) and sitting on the of the pressure-treated 2x4 be sticking out(depending on the gap..)?

Also, if I want to build a wooden floor on top of the concrete floor before carpeting, do I have to use all pressure-treated 2x4s? Is building a wooden floor on top of the concrete floor a common thing to do? Do I need to insulate the floor? Any other suggestions?

I'm totally new to these type of works...any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

[Edited by Godzilla on 06-08-01 at 08:32]
Old 06-08-01, 06:30 AM
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If you walk into 90% of the homes that have finished basements you will find that most have the carpet ontop of the concrete floor. I opted to put in a wooden floor ontop of my concrete for 2 reasons. Insulation from the cold concrete and feel. (stand or walk on a concrete floor for 8 hours and see how your legs and feet feel) There is a $14 book called basements (or basement finishing) that has a good chapter on how to lay down a wood floor over concrete using 2x2's and foam sheets for insulation.


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Godzilla, it would help tremendously if you would keep follow-up postings in the same thread as the original.

The sole plate is the horizontal 2x4 in contact with the floor. The top plate is the horizontal 2x4 in contact with the ceiling joists. The vertical studs are nailed to the sole plate and the top plate.

When constructing a 2x4 stud wall, you do not attach your stud wall to the concrete wall in any way. Using furring strips is an alternative -- in this case you attach 1x2 furring strips directly to the concrete wall. This latter approach has distinct disadvantages: your wall will be curvy and out of plumb, and you will have insufficient room for electrical and insulation. However, furring strip walls take up less room.

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