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Old 12-11-2017, 05:02 PM   #1
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Help for framing utility room


Guys,

I am trying to DIY basement and encounter this difficult situation in framing around a utility room.

I can nail the studs to the ground but unable to nail it to the ceiling joists as there are pipes and large AC vents. There is not enough room to use nail gun on the ceiling neither.

Is there any idea to get around it?

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Old 12-11-2017, 05:45 PM   #2
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The biggest mistake that people make is that they don't leave enough room for servicing the equipment. The pipes & vents need access. Do you plan to finish the entire lower level? What about a partition instead of a permanent wall?
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The biggest mistake that people make is that they don't leave enough room for servicing the equipment. The pipes & vents need access.
That's a fair point. There would be enough room for servicing (one of my original pictures shows the rough location of the bottom 2x4s), but most likely not for replacement.
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Do you plan to finish the entire lower level?
Eventually yes, the room adjacent to the utilities will be a movie theater, I could hide an extra access to the theater behind a movie screen.
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What about a partition instead of a permanent wall?
I want a wall for a better finish. I don't think it will host any sort of load besides probably the drywall and sound insulation. my worry is around anchoring that wall to the ceiling with so many utilities up there.
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This is how I dealt with mine.
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Build the wall under the steel beam first. You can shoot the nails into the beam.
The wall below the duct work is built short enough to fit below the ducts. If you finish a ceiling in that room and when you finish the room outside that wall you have to build drops to hide all that too.
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This is how I dealt with mine.
So build the soffit first and then anchor the top of the frame for the wall to the soffit? I never thought about it this way.
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One of you pics is rotated which makes vBulletin famous. My chiropractor will fix my neck. Anyway, I would suggest a 36" door to that room.

To solve the stud problem, just nail a few vertical pieces where possible. Then nail a top plate to them & connect the studs there.
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This is how I dealt with mine.
Looks good, we used plywood, osb for the drops instead of the 2x4 blocks, easier to level the bottom 2x4.
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Build the wall under the steel beam first. You can shoot the nails into the beam.
The wall below the duct work is built short enough to fit below the ducts. If you finish a ceiling in that room and when you finish the room outside that wall you have to build drops to hide all that too.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/DEWALT-Sing...-Tool/50200049
What kind of nails should I use? I already have a powder actuated nail gun (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ramset-M...0088/202046595).
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One of you pics is rotated which makes vBulletin famous. My chiropractor will fix my neck. Anyway, I would suggest a 36" door to that room.

To solve the stud problem, just nail a few vertical pieces where possible. Then nail a top plate to them & connect the studs there.
Sorry about the neck, mine is sore looking at that ceiling scratching my head
The biggest stud issue is between the two vents, there's barely 2 inches and already my refrigerant pipes.
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Looks good, we used plywood, osb for the drops instead of the 2x4 blocks, easier to level the bottom 2x4.
I'm bad about over doing things.
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I'm bad about over doing things.
I don't see anything over done there, lot's of framers build them just like you did.
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Thanks everyone.

I'll start with the wall under the steel beam, just because I am not comfortable with soffits yet. I also need to keep openings big enough in the walls to be able to replace the heater/tank/furnace in the future.
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You need a door on this side for the water tank and a maybe a double door on the other side for the hvac.
When you have two apposing walls the end wall is easy enough.
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Looks good, we used plywood, osb for the drops instead of the 2x4 blocks, easier to level the bottom 2x4.
I have seen MDF used for those bulkheads drops and painted instead of drywalled. Caulk the joints. Done.
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