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Old 05-20-2010, 09:10 AM   #1
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Framing Basement question

I was thinkiing of starting to frame by basement and this is a project I would like to tackle on my own. Now let's say I go to frame a wall, I could measure in so many inches from each side of the wall and chalk line it. However, what if my foundation wall is not square. I want my walls to be straight obviously. How to I determine if the foundation wall is square or is there just a simpler way of making the wall square?


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Old 05-20-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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3, 4, 5...measure out one side of the corner 3' and make a mark, then out the other wall 4' and make a mark. Measure between the marks and you should have 5'. You can also try 6, 8, 10 or larger depending on how much room you have. Dont forget the permits.


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You also dont need the framming up against the foundation. I have mine spaced out in areas to make it square. Some were as much as 1".

depending on the city that you live in and how the permit structure works. If they dont look before you start a basement you may be able to get away with some of the work before you pull a permit to gain a little time. For me i had it framed, electrical ran, ducts ran before i pulled the permit. that way i pulled them, had the electrical come out, then i insulated and put up the vb, then had the building inspector come out for the rest. Both passed with flying colors. I did it this way for 1 to get more time, and 2 since i did not finance any of my basement i was able to spread out the cost.
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You've been told about a method that will get you pretty close to square. But for true accuracy, you can't beat pulling a diagonal measurement on what you think is a square.

Here are the dimensions for a 10' square. If you do not have 14' 1-11/16" across the opposite corners, you do not have a square.
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