Basement Framing


Old 11-30-09, 03:32 PM
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Basement Framing

I'm tackling framing for the 1st my basement. What would be the best way to go about doing this..should I build the wall & toenail it into the joists above or should I lay a footer & nail the studs into the footer & the joists above? Any help would be appreciated..thanks.
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Old 11-30-09, 04:49 PM
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Quite often, basement "ceilings", the floor joists for the floor above aren't always "string" perfect, so building the walls on the floor and raising them may be problematic. I am doing one for a client (started today), with 9' ceilings. Nice. We are installing the bottom pressure treated plates, then jumping to the top plate and subplate, installing the studs as we go. I am finding, even with new construction (less than a year old) a variance of 3/4" across the span. It also has to do with the levelness of the concrete floor BTW.
Don't forget for the walls parallel to your joists you will need to install look outs for the wall to attach to. Across the joists, no problem. If you are installing sheetrock ceiling, as this client wants, keep an eye on your parallel plates to make sure you have a place for the ceiling rock to land.
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Old 12-01-09, 05:24 AM
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Here is a trick I used on an uneven floor to get stud lengths. I used a telescoping painting handle. I set it on the bottom plate and extended it to the top plate and locked it into position. I used the extended handle to measure the stock and added 1/16 in. for a nice, tight fit. Saved running up and down a ladder to read the tape measure. Good luck with your project.

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Old 12-01-09, 07:29 AM
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Either will work

When I did my basement I prebuilt the wall segments to the height of the shortest stud in the run and shimmed the top. I've seen plenty done both ways so I don't think there is only one right way.
Old 12-01-09, 08:11 AM
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Thanks for the advice...I'll let you know how it goes.

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