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hankscorpio 03-03-2009 08:10 AM

Framing up a wall in the basement
Hi everyone,

New to this Site but so far I love it. I bought my house about a year ago and have done a lot of work so far. Mostly aesthetic stuff i've done myself but have been learning alot as I go and am not afraid to tackle most projects with some help from more knowledgeable friends and family.

Our basement is "unfinished" and was getting water. We recently had a french drain system put in and are hoping not to have to deal with that anymore. There was an old paneled workshop down there but i tore it out b/c it was stupidly designed and also moldy and nasty. Now that the basement is dry and relatively empty i'm planning on putting a new shop up. For now i dont really have plans of "finishing" the space. I need a shop area b/c we dont have a garage or a shed. Other then that I plan on having a laundry area, small gym/work out area, the shop, and that will also leave another area that can be finished at a later time.

So the question I have is can I use screws for framing up this wall? Can I use deck screws or something rather then trying to get a nail gun? Also any advice on general framing in a basement is welcomed and appreciated. The trickiest part i see is framing up a wall next to the existing stairs.


jogr 03-03-2009 09:22 AM

Hank just get a hammer and nails. Framing is plenty fast with a hammer, especially a small basement job. Screws aren't really shear rated for framing.

Bob Mariani 03-03-2009 10:15 AM

Better study up on basement refinishing or plan on mold problems down the line.

Jeffrey262 03-03-2009 10:20 AM

I agree with Jojr. Get a hammer and box of nails. If you want to complete your job fast, go to Home Depot or any big box store and rent a framing nailer. It will not cost much. Make sure you do not measure of the existing foundation. Most of the time, foundation walls are not straight. Use the 3-4-5 method for a perfect 90 degree angle --use the longest wall in your basement.

Lefte 11-28-2012 05:14 PM

They will also have some real good basic books on how to frame a wall or basement. They will cost much less thatn fixing something if you put it up wrong.


joecaption 11-28-2012 05:29 PM

Must use a pressure treated bottom plate.
Build the wall laying down on the floor and stand it up.
Leave the wall short and just shim where it's needed beore nailing to the floor joist.
Reason being there's no way that slab floor is going to be perectly flat.

beenthere 11-28-2012 05:55 PM

Moved to Building and construction forum.

Gary in WA 11-28-2012 06:53 PM

Oldie but goodie...


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