I am in the middle of a basement remodel. The time has come for me to frame around my HVAC, just before i started I had the thought of suspending a partition wall from my floor joist using I-bolts and hooks at the top of the walls, I am still trying to figure out how to attach the bottom. I figure this will give me another few feet of usable space all the way around. When i need to access the HVAC i can simply lift the panels off the bolts, have a go and then put the panels back when i am done. i figure i would use 2x3 or even metal studs for the frame and 1/4 drywall. So my question is has any body ever does this and if so how did it turn out? I have not checked with the local codes or building inspectors yet, i am still in the idea phase. BTW I do have a gas furnace and water heater don't know if that matters. Thanks in advance. Pat
If you're going to partition the basement, and leave the furnace and water heater in a smaller enclosed space, you have to make sure they'll still have adequate combustion air. You'd need to start by getting the manufacturer's specs, and also your local building and fuel/gas codes.
If both units are "direct vent" appliances, then you're fine (no need to do the above). Just make sure you leave adequate space around them for servicing.