||08-05-2011 07:30 AM
framing basement walls with furred ceiling
I am going to drywall the basement walls and ceiling, but to get it where it should be the ceiling needs furred down 1 1/2" so I can level it out and go over a few obstructions (water lines that are mounted on the joists bottoms right now)..
I want to frame the outside walls with 2x4's, then furr the ceiling down with either 2x3's or 2x4's so I have a nice nailing strip for the ceiling drywall..
should the walls have a double top plate in this case? the walls are 8" concrete block outside so its all supported by that already, this is just a wall for insulation and wires to run basically. but if I do it with a single top plate there would be no top nailing edge for the drywall, or is this even needed at the top?
if there is a single plate that would but the furring strips at the same height as the top plate, if there was a double top plate that would give the walls a top nailing edge for the drywall.
that top edge is what I wasn't sure if you needed or not for drywall, I noticed that other places in the basement the builder didn't have a top nailing ledge for drywall, but they put a suspended ceiling in those areas..
if I should be doing a double top plate, what is the best way to attach it to the joists? I can't exactly nail through 3" of wood and get the joist with a 3 1/2" nail from the bottom goint vertically, would have to toe nail that...
any insight on how to do this would be great! thanks!