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Old 02-04-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Plywood walls for basement pantry?


I am building a pantry in the alcove underneath our basement stairs. I started by installing risers in what was an open staircase to prepare the stairs for carpeting one day, as well as eliminate the dust and dirt that would end up under the stairs from tracking it in from outside. I then framed a floating wall directly under the staircase that is the width of the staircase itself. There was already a wall on one side of the staircase to separate it from the finished side of the basement-it is just bare studs and there is drywall on the finished side. The third wall is the exterior concrete block wall. Now that I have three walls (the will be no fourth wall or door-it will be open to the utility area of the basement), two of which are just studs and one which is concrete block, I want to finish them in a uniform way.

Rather than putting up drywall I thought of simply putting 7/16" OSB on the walls in the same manner. It's not that much more expensive than 1/2" drywall, and I can then put shelves on the wall wherever I like since the screws will bite enough into the OSB. For shelves that will be holding heavy items I will be sure to screw into the studs. On the concrete block side I plan on using Tapcon anchors to screw 5/4" furring strips to the wall and then screw the OSB to those. Is there any good reason NOT to do this?

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Go for it--I'd use a better grade of plywood myself --but if the osb looks o.k. to you ,why not?

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I had some ugly plywood walls in my basement and I spruced them up by putting 1/4" thick drywall over top. They look like new now. So if you ever want a more finished look it is easy to do. Also you can still screw in anywhere you like. Best of both worlds.
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On the concrete block side I plan on using Tapcon anchors to screw 5/4" furring strips to the wall and then screw the OSB to those. Is there any good reason NOT to do this?
Yes, water vapor will rot the OSB over time
Wood should never be installed against any type of concrete unless PT/treated for contact
You should have some rigid insulation against the block wall

Where are you located ?
The proepr solution will depend upon your location
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