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Old 04-03-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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turning a half wall into a full wall

i have a basement wall that has a shelf approx 40"off the floor. I am trying to remove the shelf and extend the wall straight up (8' ceiling), there is a flat board under the shelf (might be 1" x 8"), can i build the remaining studs straight up from there with a base plate attached to the 1x8 and ceiling plate at the top?


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Old 04-03-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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How long is the wall? If it were me, I'd just remove whats there and frame the new wall from scratch. Not going to be that much more expensive.

Take a picture of the existing wall/area and post it. Will help you in getting more suggestions.


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This makes no sense. So No, you cant.
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I just did a project like this in my parents basement last weekend. Snap a picture and post it. I'm sure we can walk you thru the right way to do this.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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Well, you "could" but it'd probably be a bad plan. For one you're not going to get the same structural rigidity as a full wall. Were anyone to lean against it they'd likely cause it to flex and that'll crack drywall. 2x4's are relatively cheap, just build the wall whole. The job will likely go much faster.
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