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Old 04-06-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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Basement Wall Construction-?


Hey, I'm a newbie to the site and have maybe a dumb question, lol. Is there anyway to put up a wall in a basement-against the cement outer wall-without using 2x4's? Is there any other option that is quicker/cheaper but still good? I thought i had seen some thin pieces of wood attached to the wall and the drywall just attached to those? The reason I ask is b/c we bought this house that was built in 1972, but for some reason they didn't put in the wall before they attached the pipes, electrical box, etc to the cement. So to build the wall with 2x4's is going to be VERY difficult b/c I will have to take all the water pipes (for washing machine) and other stuff off the cement first.
Please help me out? :o

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Old 04-06-2006, 06:21 PM   #2
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Hi Kim, There are no dumb questions.

What you refer to as thin strips are called furring strips and they are 3/4"X1.5" and can be applied to the wall.

The problem with these is that they follow the contours of the masonry wall which is usually not very smooth or flat and you will then have a wavy wall when done that cannot be insulated very well.

Building a 2X4 wall and holding it a little off the existing masonry will allow you to build a strait and plumb wall, that can be well insulated.

It is not too difficult to "box out" around the fixtures for your laundry, same with the electrical panel. Just build around it and put in an access panel.

I am not sure if I have adequately answered you question, let me know if you need more info.

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