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Old 05-16-2019, 10:53 AM   #1
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Basement steps idea


So my steps going down to my basement has the left side right against cinder block wall (picture below) and the right side is all drywall. I plan to cut probably half the drywall out to have it open so it gives it more of a open feel instead of a tunnel style, but what do you guys suggest to do on cinderblock side? I wanted to drywall it but I think that’s not a option because the limited space, but any input I appreciate!
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You want to be sure the wall that you remove is not load bearing for the floor above.
Is the block wall an exterior wall?
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:54 AM   #3
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How much width do you have?
Do you have a hand rail on the side not pictured?
Would there be any advantage to adding a platform at the one step level and making a turn. It requires sufficient height and a place to go in that direction, but breaks up the long downhill tunnel.

The wall you remove can still be made to function as a load bearing wall, just not completely open. That could allow you to open that side all the way to the top.

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This how I did mine. My basement wasn't finished when I started, but I wanted one side open toward the main area. There is a room on the other side of the stairs, so I needed it enclosed. The wall with the cut out isn't load bearing, but I put the pillar at the bottom because I could envision folks grabbing the wall as they swung around the corner.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:50 PM   #5
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You can glue the sheetrock to the block wall. I'd use paperless sheetrock since block walls could hold moisture. Do this first before you work on the opposite wall so you can use that wall to prop some braces until the glue sets. Construction adhesive.


If you cut precisely enough, you can cover the bottom edge with a bead and skip covering the gap with a trim.
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I like the glueing the Sheetrock idea, no moisture that I can see or feel with that wall. Here’s pictures of steps from the top of stairs, then how wall looks like holding the sheet rock. I don’t believe it being a load bearing wall. I like how yours looks like Mike I would like to copy that actually.
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That's not a bearing wall. You have a double trimmer and a double header. Check that there's a hanger on the header attached to double trimmer. Drywall or breadboard on the wall.

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I'm assuming that's an outside wall. You wouldn't have any insulation on it. FYI If you're framing the basement out with 2x4's you're suppose to firestop above the wall. also use a PT sill plate or metal studs.

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Using all metal studs in my basement. Was going do PT on concrete then he metal bottom plate on that, but think I’m going just do a rubber membrane of some sort on concrete pad then metal bottom track for stud.

Yes that cinder block wall is exterior/garage.
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They should have left you room by the stairs to finish the wall, at this point I think I would just glue drywall to the block andI agree that the wood wall beside the stairs is not load bearing.

Sill gasket is what you put on the floor under the bottom plate.
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I agree, plan should have left room for wall between block and stairs but then they have to carry that wider opening up to next stairwell if it's a colonial, etc. Wall looks to be 24" OC. If it's a development builders are uber frugal about money and space. If you haven't done metal studs they're easy. Watch a few vids.

-Small square down on studs(not as important for you but good habit)
-i use old chopsaw with metal cutting blade. I cut a bunch at the same ttime(Lot of sparks)
-i use wood 2x4 around door and window openings to stiffen them up and have something to nail trim to.
-If your going to hang a TV on the wall I'd put some wood blocking, etc.
-cut the top of stud and everything will lineup for wires etc.

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Maybe..

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Would it make sense to paint the wall with some kind waterproofing paint before attaching the drywall? Just in case?

Something like Drylock?
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That’s a great question, should I do drylock and then glue the drywall to the block?

Yes this is my first time with metal studs, been watching videos so it doesn’t look to hard thankfully. I like your idea with wood around windows and door, will have to do that. I am planning on putting 1 tv down there, the high debate is if I want to do a flatscreen or projector. Even with LED tv’s you recommend putting some wooden 2x4’s in the wall for it? Also this might be dumb but just screwing the wood horizontally between the metal studs to them is all that’s needed correct? Or should I screw to the block?
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