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jclee 10-30-2012 07:59 PM

framing a small wall for foyer area
The foyer and living room share the same space. I was hoping to separate it with a small wall that extends 4ft from the wall and about 36inches high. the problem is the wall is wobbly. it is only supported by one wall and the nailed to floor. how can i make this stronger?

DannyT 10-31-2012 05:21 PM

we used to let the 2x4 at the end of the wall extend through the floor down between the floor joists and then add blocking so it didn't wobble.

if you have a concrete floor you can drill the floor and put a threaded anchor in and use a threaded coupling and a piece of threaded rod up to the top of the half wall. recess the nut into the top 2x4 and that will take most of the wobble out. also after you drywall it it will be more stable also. just make sure it is plumb when you screw the first piece of drywall on, if it isn't you won't be able to push it plumb after drywall is screwed to it.

mae-ling 10-31-2012 11:38 PM

If you can put it through the floor and brace it to the joists that is good.
When I can not do that I do this.
Make a large Metal bracket kinda like these. about 3" wide and 14" on each leg.
Have screw holes every 2"

NancyNGA 11-01-2012 09:24 AM

If there is room, I'd make a box, instead of a single wall. In other words, two walls separated by a few inches. That would make it more stable, and also make more room to pile junk on.:wink:

jclee 11-07-2012 09:38 PM

I was going to put brackets to hold wall steady But my drywall guy had already put up drywall without me knowing Surprisingly the wall ended up very sturdy and so I'm just going to keep it the way it is.

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