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Old 10-01-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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Pocket door frame touching concrete floor question

We are framing our basement which has a concrete floor. All of the walls we've assembled have pressure treated lumber at the base, per code.

We have just put together the pocket door frame and I realized that the frame (wooden) is not treated and is only separated from the concrete floor by a thin strip of metal. How do I resolve this?

I have read that a metal frame from Johnson may've been a wiser move, but is there a way to make what I have work? Can I apply a water seal to it? What will pass inspection and give us the best end result?

Any assistance is appreciated.



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Old 10-01-2011, 06:37 PM   #2
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I've done that several times without a word from an inspector---good luck.

Also---filling in the spaces between the 1x4 nailers withe plywood stiffens up the wall and makes drywalling simpler.


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I would use some sill foam, that thin pink foam. It would provide a thermal break between concrete and metal and might prevent condensation between metal and wood.

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If the metal will be installed in contact to the PT wood, you will need something to isolate the 2 materials.
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Thanks for all of the quick responses.

If I were to do the foam, would I just apply it under the two small metal plates securing the frame together? About how much material (1/4" thick...) should be applied?

The whole frame is just being pinned to the concrete with a pair of Tapcons. Will that still be sufficient after adding the foam, provided I use a longer Tapcon?
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