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mholmberg 10-15-2012 10:58 AM

studs on basement walls
I am able to (by code) mount studs directly to the basement wall? And if so, does it matter if its treated 2x4's or not?

I am needed to match the depth of the wall I am attaching to.

Thanks, mike

Trucon01 10-15-2012 11:25 AM

You shouldn't ever put wood right up against concrete walls. Codes are different everywhere (countries, states, counties, etc). Update your profile and add your location!

How are you insulating the walls?
Are you using furring strips or regular 2x4 construction?

If 2x4, why not come off the wall an inch or so? Make sure your wall is straight too. This means you may have to come off the wall several inches in places if the wall bulges in certain areas.

I know on my wall I came off about 3-4 inches.

joecaption 10-15-2012 01:36 PM

Also much harder to install any wiring if there laying flat.
Just add a nailer in the wall your trying to join to.

mholmberg 10-15-2012 03:34 PM

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I live in des Moines Iowa.

The wall is at the bottom of the stairs, and the extra couple inches would make it a pain to pass through. I will try to post a photo.

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woodworkbykirk 10-15-2012 04:05 PM

if your framing basement walls by code you require a 1" airspace behind the studs for them to breath and stay out of contact with the concrete wall which can sweat. all i do is measure off the wall 4.5" inches each end and snap a chalk line on the floor. if the line is under 1" off the wall its not going to hurt anything. but if you start having to notch and rip the plate and or studs down to make them fit simply shift out the wall..

you may have to adjust in our out slightly with the joining walls on the end to keep them running square with one another which would otherwise show up in the the finish flooring.. square foundations are rare to find

Gary in WA 10-16-2012 12:23 AM

You are under both the IBC and IRC, 2009;


And IRC, #2 and #7;
Ask your local AHJ, work with them as it appears you don't have the required 36" landing or the 10" minimum tread depths, may be "grandfathered" in..


mholmberg 10-16-2012 07:07 AM

Thanks Gary! That's great news. I don't want to loose any more space at the stair landing as it is only 32" inches now.

I really appreciate the documents!

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