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nickm1024cobra 07-10-2010 09:35 PM

Framing out basement. Stick frame or firing strips?
Hey guys, New to the forum. For three years I built a factory five cobra, this year finished garage and now Im moving to the basement! I have done lots of trimwork in my life but not much framing so I hope you guys are ready for my questions. When framing the exterior walls do most frame 2x4 walls or attach drywall to firing strips? My walls are poured, not block if that matters. My wife hates being cold so keep that in consideration. Thanks!

Scuba_Dave 07-10-2010 09:39 PM

Where are you located ?

nickm1024cobra 07-10-2010 09:41 PM


Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 467898)
Where are you located ?

Sorry working on my signature now! Chicago suburbs. Yep it gets cold....

Ron6519 07-11-2010 07:37 AM

Being in Chicago with a cold sensitive wife, you just answered your own question. How much insulation will you get with furring strips? Not too much.
Stud it out with 2x4's or 2x6's.

nickm1024cobra 07-11-2010 09:22 AM

thanks Ron,
that is what i figured but being the first go round framing in a basement i didnt know if there was another reason for the fir strips besides saving on cost/time

forresth 07-11-2010 10:54 AM

I'd do 2x2 strips then get someone to spay in foam insulation before topping it off with drywall. 2" is small enough you can sink a screw right through it into the wall, and leave plenty of beef for the drywall screws to hold on to. I think 2" of the foam will be enough insulation for a basement, and that should help with any posible moisture problems (but get your basement dry first).

another options is just glue up some foam pannel insulation, then strips over it, then an air gap then drywall.

do you have enough headroom down there to raise up the floor a bit?

stubborn1 07-11-2010 07:09 PM

I'd stud it up with 2x4s and use R13 fiberglass insulation. Spray foam is nice, but pricy. Leave about 1" of space between the stud wall and the foundation wall just in case you get any moisture. Have fun.

Gary in WA 07-11-2010 09:40 PM

Foam board, 2" min.:

Sill sealer under p.t. sill plate(capillary and thermal break), no air gap behind wall (convective loop and against Code), air seal rim space and foam board (stop stack effect):
Page #4, Fire-blocking every 10’:

Be safe, Gary

nickm1024cobra 07-12-2010 10:21 PM

thanks for the links Gary

Gary in WA 07-13-2010 01:15 PM

You are welcome. Any other questions, just ask-- that's why we are here! Any doubt at all, post a picture.....

Be safe, Gary

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