Drywall for basement

Old 04-18-02, 06:34 AM
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Question Drywall for basement

Could someone tell me or point me to a procedure or steps for adding dry walls on the blocks in the basement. Thanks
Old 04-18-02, 07:28 PM
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I recommend your local public library or home improvement center. Both will have books on finishing a basement.

You have two choices, each with their own merits:[list=1][*]You can attach furring strips to the concrete walls, insulate between the strips with foam board, and then attach the drywall to the furring strips. This method is simpler, and preserves maximum floor space. However, it results in walls that are neither plumb nor straight, and it makes the installation of electrical outlets a real problem.[*]The second choice (my preference) is to build a 2x4 stud wall about an inch away from the foundation, and attach the drywall to that. This gives you room for more insulation and makes the electrical work much easier. It also allows you to make walls that are plumb and straight.[/list=1]The actual technique for attaching and finishing the drywall is a huge subject, but books and videos at the library and/or home improvement center cover this pretty well too.

Post back if you have more specific questions as you go along.
Old 04-19-02, 03:56 PM
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There are other options. You can use Metal studs. The cost is respectfully less with the metal. The clean-up has it's own advantages. No piles of saw dust. Bottom line-- You can do it 8 different ways and they will all work, but You have options. Find out what you are looking for in your basement, ( one big room, two big rooms, three rooms, four rooms) and crunch the numbers and pros and cons. If I knew what you were looking for, a bit more, I can help.

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