How to build sturdy shelving in basement?

Old 09-12-01, 11:28 AM
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I have an unfinished basement and want to build sturdy wood shelving along one or two walls. I assume I build a 2X4 frame along the poured concrete wall and attach at top to the wooden joists. However, I do not want to drill nail holes along the poured concrete walls and floor to invite leaks/cracking. Any tips? Anyone know of plans for this type of project as I am relatively new to home improvement but learn quickly if I have some guidance.
Old 09-12-01, 12:41 PM
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If you have any floor dampness, I would use pressure-treated 2X4s for the four "legs" that you set plumb and level on the floor and nail to the floor joists above (you'll probably need 10-footers to reach, but you can measure first).
Nail 2X4s framing to the legs the distance apart that you want your shelves, and cut plywood for the shelves. If you're just going to store light stuff, you can use 1/2" plywood, but if you will have heavy storage, you might want to use 3/4".
Simple framing and shelving job.
Good Luck! Mike

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