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Old 08-12-2009, 08:58 AM   #1
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Hey. We're currently remodeling our home and want to ensure that our outside wall is flush and true. Due to the age of the home, it has shifted and the studs have bowed and shifted so the wall is unlevel from top to bottom and side to side.
We are fortunate that we have to restud the walls with 2X2X8' and 1X2X8' to bring the 2X4 wall out to a 2X6 depth (for R20 insulation). This means we don't have to shim behind the drywall.
Now the wall is 14' long, and standard 8' high (in most spots ). What is the easiest way to achieve a flush, level wall?
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Depends on your point of view, all methods are easy or not so easy. Sistering new studs to the old adds depth that can then increase the insulation, which is good. But use a nail gun, hammering in an old house can knock things loose that should not be. For a nearly perfect wall, start at the edges of the wall, level/plumb your new studs at either end, then run string lines at top, bottom. Then work your down the lines setting the studs. To take nature out of equation, use engineered studs, no warps, twists, etc.
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Bill gave you a pretty accurate method. To plumb those wall lines you can use various methods. You can use a pllumb bob and string, you can use a 6 or 4 foot spirit level on long STRAIGHT 2x4, you can rent/ buy a laser level (they are about 100 and up).

Also make sure when you snap that line that the string line is very taught and you will get a perfect straight wall. Also to eliminate the frustration snap the side of the top and bottom and bottom plates on the side facing the room. That way you don't have to look around the 2x's to find the reference line.

Good luck and be safe.
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Thank you all for your suggestions. What we wound up doing was nailing a 2X1X8' across the bottom plate and one across the top plate. We then created a new wall out of 2X2's and screwed it into the top and bottom plate. The difference on some of the studs was up to an inch. We shimed in behind each new 2X2 and gave it stability. We then strapped our 1X1X8 strapping to it and checked it. Every stud true and flush.
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Good to go!

Looks like you figured it out without the help of the forum? Glad to hear all is well and is on the level again, lol.

Take care and enjoy that new wall.
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