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Old 01-17-2010, 11:17 AM   #1
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I'm picking one corner and it will be probably about 3x3 feet or standard with the rest of my small closets. Should I tear down the drywall to the studs where the closet is going or just start laying out the framing on top of the existing drywall?

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Old 01-17-2010, 11:43 AM   #2
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Couple more questions. Do I need pressure treated lumber on the concrete slab floor with the sill gasket foam underneath it? There is an electrical panel in the room....I suppose that it is not wise to closet around that is it?

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Old 01-17-2010, 11:51 AM   #3
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An electric panel can't be in a clothes closet
There must be 30" of clear space side to side & 3' clear in front of the panel at all times

Build the closet over exisitng sheetrock
You want the outside wall to remain sealed

I use PT against concrete, I did use the sill foam in my garage
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So, just frame it out, and but up new drywall to the existing walls and ceiling??
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Yes, that is what I would do
Its a good idea for the 1st 2x4 coming out from the wall to be nailed into a 2x4 that is in the existing wall
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Dave - for clarification, it's not the clearance requirements that would be the problem for this closet, it's that the clothing and flamable items - correct? So even if the clearance requirement is met - a closets is still a no-go for electric panels.

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Yes, treated lumber wherever resting on concrete - typically no foam sealant needed under interior wall. Go right over and up against the existing drywall. Placing the new walls where they meet the ceiling and walls to something nailable is a good thing.
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Yes, a panel can't be in a clothes closet - that is the issue
So even with clearances it can't be done
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OK, forget about the panel, I kind of already knew the answer to that. I'm going to go with the other corner. Any rules about how close the closet door can be to a window?
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Not as far as I know
Just make sure the door knob won't hit the window
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Man, I hate this stud finder. Is there a good stud finder out there that anyone personally uses?
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Man, I hate this stud finder. Is there a good stud finder out there that anyone personally uses?
I went through a couple three until I found one that worked pretty well. Have had it a few years - is by Zircon and similar to this one at HD.
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardw...atalogId=10053
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Build the framing properly. Pull some drywall and add studs or blocking in the walls or ceiling for the new walls. Pages 30 and 36, at the bottoms:
http://www.awc.org/pdf/WCD1-300.pdf Do quality, professional work, you'll be glad you did.

Doors and windows don't mix. The window or the person usually loses in an accident. Doors near windows need to meet minimum safety requirements. If you were to ignore these or be misinformed and had a claim, your insurance carrier could easily deny monies. http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...HPbWWaP6zwY0fg Notice number 6.

http://books.google.com/books?id=TT8...rances&f=false


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