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Old 02-20-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Should I shim this wall?


I'm starting to put up some walls in our basement. The wall coming off the outside basement wall is not 100% level. I was wondering if Its okay/recommended to shim the wall where it will be nailed to the next adjacent wall?

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #2
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Do you mean plumb?

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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what is an outside basement wall and how far out of plumb is it? Got a picture?
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #4
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framing cannot go against the outside basement wall anyway. Read more info on this subject by searching basement finishing.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:40 PM   #5
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why not plumb the wall you are attaching to before you attach the new wall. if you are finishing part of the basement its better to start with all the walls plumb instead of having to deal with it later.
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only if you want a sag in the top of the wall? build it right as you go!
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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Holy! Guess I should have been more specific for all the wise guys?! Haha Firstly, the "outside" basement walls that I'm talking about are ICF, covered with 5/8 fire guard drywall so, YES you can frame on the inside of an outer basement wall! Second, I squared the wall before I stood it up and fastened it to the outside wall. What is "plumb"? Same as level?
I just fastened the wall tight to the "outside basement wall" and "plumbed" it before fastening it to the ceiling and the floor.
Now what I have to deal with is the adjoining wall needs to be shimmed near the bottom where it meets the wall I just installed because for some reason it's not 100% level. Sorry if my lingo is ridiculous, but I am not a carpenter, or a rocket surgeon.
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yes you can....
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level = horizontally , plumb means up and down.

if the icf wall is out of plumb check it first with your level and allow for it in your framing.. if it leans out 1/2" add that on to the length of the top plate.. if it leans in make the top plate shorter.. the end stud goes hard to the icf wall. from there set the first stud in plumb and take your stud layout off that.. or if it leans out at the top.. cut both plates the same and just drive the end stud over to the icf wall so the drywall will have proper backing in the corner
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Thanks woodworkbykirk! That's the answer I'm looking for!

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