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mlijoi 11-12-2012 08:53 PM

Basement wall framing.
 
Hey folks,

Quick question. If a part of my un-framed basement wall is say 10', do I build an 8' and a 2' or 5' and 5' or 6' and 4' wall? Might seem like a silly question but hey, i'm a newbie to carpentry.

joecaption 11-12-2012 08:58 PM

Odd question.
Why not just build a 10' wall?
2 X 4's come in at least 6 differant standard lengths, 10' being one of them.

gregzoll 11-12-2012 09:08 PM

Depends on what you are building the room for. If doing a home theater, you want as much head room you can get, so that you do not hit your head, when standing up on the platform, that your second row of seating is on. Also with the higher ceiling, it gives you some play if you on the other hand, you wish to lower the ceiling in a room to say 8 feet, vs. having it at ten feet. That would allow you to also make the room quiet, since it would not be connected to the floor joists for the rooms above it.

mlijoi 11-12-2012 09:11 PM

Gents,

All the 2x4 are 8' as I got them for a really good price. And by 10' I mean length, not height.

MarkusAIC 11-12-2012 09:17 PM

Baseplate on cement should be treated lumber, not regular pine.
Lay down an 8' baseplate then the remainder, same with the top plate, then run your studs every 16" oc.

joecaption 11-12-2012 09:18 PM

Then even if they were free you just made it twice as hard to build, added a ton of cuts, and harder to keep the wall flat and not flex.

gregzoll 11-12-2012 09:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mlijoi (Post 1050789)
Gents,

All the 2x4 are 8' as I got them for a really good price. And by 10' I mean length, not height.

They only have a height when you stand them on end.

mlijoi 11-12-2012 09:22 PM

I will be covering base plate with tar paper. Do I not build the wall on the floor and stand it up?

sixeightten 11-12-2012 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mlijoi (Post 1050810)
I will be covering base plate with tar paper. Do I not build the wall on the floor and stand it up?

The tar paper is not the right way.

Sometimes we build the walls in place and sometimes we pre build and stand.

woodworkbykirk 11-12-2012 09:39 PM

for the bottom plate use either sil gasket of 6 mil poly not tar paper

mlijoi 11-12-2012 09:44 PM

Why's the tar paper such a bad idea?

gregzoll 11-12-2012 09:53 PM

It soaks up moisture after time, plus dries out when it gets old.

mlijoi 11-12-2012 09:54 PM

Ok, poly it is!

hand drive 11-12-2012 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mlijoi (Post 1050810)
I will be covering base plate with tar paper. Do I not build the wall on the floor and stand it up?


you will not be able to build the wall and stand it because it will bind against the floor joists, unless you build the wall a little bit below the floor joists and shim it after it is stood up. Also , a pressure treated bottom plate is but a trip down the road to the lumber store...

mlijoi 11-12-2012 10:05 PM

Ok, if I decide to stick frame, how do I get the same distance from the foundation on the top plate and the sill plate so that the studs are plum? I've always wondered that.


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