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Old 03-09-2010, 05:39 PM   #1
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Hello! I need to replace my wood stairs going to the basement. The stairs are inbetween the concrete foundation and a 2X4 wall; so theres a width limitation. the house was built in 56' and the foundation wall (and old sheetrock) shows no signs of mildew, mold, or moisture and is extremely hard. Whats the best way to attach to the stringers and sheetrock to the foundation?
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Sheet rock has to attach into wood.

So for application on a cement/brick wall you would attach furring strips to the surface - and then attach the drywall to the furring strips.
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The 'dot and dab' method works--Put liquid nails on the back of the sheet--Heavy bead all around the outside edge,Then 'Dots'-heavy globs about a foot apart.

Short cement nails ( 1') can be used to hold it in place till the glue dries. Some times simple wedging the sheets in place with some scrap wood will work.(I like the nails)

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Your old sheetrock is probably not the same as what we buy today
Today's stuff may not hold up
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Any suggestions on attaching the stringers?
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What would use suggest based on my picture?
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No need to attach the stair stringer to the concrete. It can span top to bottom with no problem. If you want to, wedge anchors would be my suggestion.

Personally I think it is very poor practice to attach gypsum wallboard directly to concrete. That's just asking for all sorts of problems down the road. You're better off furring the wall out just enough to facilitate attachment. The furring strips could be wood or even steel resilient channel.
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I have the same exact situation. I'm thinking of attaching a moisture barrier and then concrete board instead of drywall. Will that work? if so, what should I use as a moisture barrier? I was thinking of either 6mil plastic or tar paper, but am open to suggestions.
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