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Old 08-22-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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We are going to stud wall against a concrete wall. There will be a pressure treated bottom plate and a kiln dried top plate nailed to the bottom of the joist. I need to hear suggestions as to a total distance from the bottom of the joist to where the top of the concrete floor should be poured for 8' walls.
I was thinking of making it 8' and 1/2" so the sheetrock can be raised up off the concrete floor 1/2".
Any suggestions on the whole procedure or web links ?

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Old 08-22-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
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Concrete floor should be 3 1/2" to 4" thick regardless of any other factors. If you want 96" from the bottom of the joists measure down 94 1/2" (mud sill makes up the 1 1/2" difference) from the top of the concrete wall. This will give you 96" to the bottom of the joist. Make sure you double top plate or use strapping to tie in your walls. Also make sure you don't forget to install fire blocking every 10' and in the valleys.

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If you want to keep it an honest 8' wall, it will be 96" plus the ceiling drywall (5/8") and the anticipated floor covering.

Going 8'-1" to 8'-1-1/2" will leave you room to get your drywall in without cutting it.

Blockwork evens out at 96", and most cheaper houses are merely built at that, and they call them 8' walls.
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Sounds great. I will be sure to get the correct amount of backfill for the height of the 4 to 4-1/2" concrete pad. I think I like the 8' 1-1/2" for the extra room without having to do a lot of cutting. I wont forget about the double top plate either. Thanks for all the tips.
Dumb question I guess but is the ceiling drywall typically installed before the walls ?
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One to save: http://www.gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-07.pdf

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Top (ceiling) first. (And the top sheet of horizontal walls is also hung first.) Take note of the doc GBAR sent you. Page 6, I think. Note carefully, where each of the fasteners are... and where they are NOT.
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Thanks GBAR in WA thats a keeper. Lots of info in that one.

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