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Old 08-13-2008, 11:09 AM   #1
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I am seperating my 3 car garage into a 2 car and a shop. There is an existing 40" wide wall in front and back of the garage that I am connecting with a new wall. There will be a door in the middle of the new wall. The existing walls are not plumb (out vert by about 1/2" over 9')

My question is this:
Is it more important to have a plumb vertical wall and smooth out the difference with drywall mud. Or have a non-plumb wall that is flush with the existing wall.

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Old 08-13-2008, 11:45 AM   #2
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If you can get away with it, I'd recommend installing the wall slightly out of plumb to match the existing wall. If there are doors, cabinets, or windows adjacent to it then you might want to re-think. Furring strips could be used to plumb one side of the wall even though it is framed out of plumb to meet the existing condition on the other side.


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Normally I always build as plumb as possible, but in this case, terminating a new wall into an existing one that is not plumb, I would match the existing wall.
However, you have to ensure that any part of the wall that contains your door remains coplaner, or your door will not work properly (as it is, the door will have a tendency to swing one or the other, unless you futz with the hinges/stops.)
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you did say garage and work shop?

Very good advice above
Unless the TV camera's or very anal neighbors are reviewing your work...

don't over think this.. Plumb the wall ..shrink the 40" a bit ( you might miss getting it 100% anyway) door will work right..with out to much fuss. getter done and enjoy your workshop..
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If I have this right, you are building a partition wall to divide the area. Build the wall plumb and set the last studs at each end to match the out of plumb exterior walls. Start your drywall somewhere in the middle and cut the end pieces to fit the out of plumb wall.
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