Basement partition walls - can they be framed without attaching to overhead joists?
Hi Tim. I have built millions of square feet of office spaces, industrial buildings, hospitals, and shopping malls. using metal studs. with nothing going to the joists at all, except a few braces. some walls were attached to the outside structure=block walls. some attached to interior beams. these attachment points are where all walls are braced from.
all were designed by architects/engineers and stamped as such all were vigorously inspected and passed, I assume must be under codes of all sorts!
I'm assuming your basement walls will be attached to your structure at some points! I prefer metal studs for their easiness to work with and adjust ability.
lay your basement out as you want it, frame long walls first, brace them to joists to keep plumb and straight. run other walls into your strong walls, attach to structure where you can, brace walls from structurally attached corners. make sure your rooms to be drywall ceilings are straight and lumba crooked wall, can be a drywaller's nightmare and tapers. drywall ceilings should be 5/8" walls need to be designated type X fire retardant. drop ceilings, make sure you pick a fire retardant tile and use fire grid, the grid is a bit more films than regular grid. it's made to collapse under extreme heat. helping to extinguish fires. be sure to pop rivet every beam and T in the grid on both sides to keep walls stronger. attach nothing! no any kind of duct work, and make drawings marking exactly where shut off cales and any other mechanicals are for future reference if need to cut out for repairs?
if you need any tips or help? give me a holler in a new thread to me as I may miss them under other treads
as always, just my thoughts
take what helps? ignore the rest.