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01-20-07, 08:41 AM   #1  
Framing above carpet or not?

I am finishing off my basement, concrete floor with a cinder block running the length of the basement separating two rooms (with a door in the middle). Ive finished off one side I put a sole plate in the floor and a top plate on the rafters w/ drywall. I want to do the same on the other side of the basement but have a question.

The room I want to finish has a staircase coming from the first floor and the stairs are carpeted with a nice carpet in good shape. I want to drywall the staircase as well but Im not sure how to put down a sole plate. If I put a plate down over the carpet & attach it, I imagine that would mean Id have to cut around the plate/drywall on the bottom if I ever wanted to replace the carpet. Is this the best way to go? Or should I attach a stud to the bottom of the wall somehow so its not directly on the carpet & the drywall would float above the carpet?

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01-20-07, 09:00 AM   #2  
Staircase

The staircase should already be framed. Why do you need another sole plate?

At any rate, do not set framing on top of carpet.


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01-20-07, 09:09 AM   #3  
Posted By: Wirepuller38 The staircase should already be framed. Why do you need another sole plate?
Sorry, I wasn't clear. Yes, the staircase is framed but the staircase butts up tight against the concrete wall. Now for the waill, I want to stud out using 2x4s so now the drywall will be placed over the studs 3.5" from the concrete wall. So if I drywall the staircase and want it to be flush with the new walls, then I need to stud out the staircase. But I'm not sure how to attach the 2x4s to the staircase without a bottom plate.

Maybe I'm not being clear - but the way I've attached drywall in the past would be to have it riding above the floor, screwed into the face of the sole plate, with screws following the vertical studs up the wall. If I don't put in a new sole plate, I guess I could use construction glue to attach the vertical studs directly to the concrete blocks and not have a sole plate.

Does this make any more sense?

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01-20-07, 10:51 AM   #4  
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If you attach the wall framing to the steps, you may have problems since there is usually some movement when the stairs are used. The wall is usually built beside the stairs rather than on top of it.


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