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Old 10-23-2008, 12:34 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm finishing 850 sq ft of my basement. There will be a bedroom, playroom, gym, office and bathroom.


This is what I've done so far:

Placed rigid foamboard on concrete walls
Framed all my 2x4 walls and some of my bulkheads (one left after my central air and central vac are done)
Placed all my electrical outlet boxes and light boxes
Plumbing for bathroom is done until drywall is up (shower in place, toilet and sink all plumbed and ready for install after drywall)

I'm going to be wiring all my electrical over the next few days.


What I'm unsure of is mainly the doors, do I place my pre-hung doors before or after the drywall? Does it matter?

If it doesn't matter, waiting until after would be easier when it comes to painting the walls.

I plan on painting the walls before I put down my floor (Delta, 2-in-1 underlay and 8.3mm laminate for most of it, tiles on concrete in bathroom)


So I basically have doors, drywall, painting, floors and trim left after I finish my electrical.


Oh, I also have to build a box or doors of some sort over my electrical panel, I have my 2x4 wall framed up to it and under it, not quite sure how I'm going to do this part yet...

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I would place the doors after the drywall. Set the casings even with the drywall.

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I would also install the doors after you rock. You might want to wait until after painting if you plan on using a sprayer - less masking.

Another hint - You may want to frame out for any access panels you need if you are doing a drywall ceiling. I finished my basement last year and rocked the ceiling. About this time last year, I went downstairs to valve off the hosebibbs for the winter only to find I had drywalled right over the shutoff. If you are planning a drop ceiling, this won't be an issue.
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Ok, thanks to both of you for the advice.

I do have a couple places I'll have to build an access door of some sort.
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Definitely paint before the floors are put down -- at least primer and one coat. We didn't and made a little mess we had to clean up!
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hang doors after drywall is hung, finished and painted make sure your rough opening is 2" larger then your door size say if you are using a 30" door the opening should be 32"lso the height should be at lease 82" form the high point of the opening if you don't have a level floor regards Rob
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Thanks for the advice

For my rough openings, I have left an extra 2" across (32 for my 30 doors and 30 for my 28 door).

As for height, I am putting in 78" doors because I dont have a full 8 foot ceiling. Therefore, from the slab, I have 80". This gives me one inch for the flooring (delta, 2 in 1 underlay, laminate) and leaves 79" for door and top casing.

I'll be cutting the side casing to sit on top of the laminate.

That sound good?

Thanks
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