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Old 10-22-2006, 03:47 PM   #1
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Finishing My Basement

Hey I need some advice.

My friend and I are about to start finsihing my basement. My question is how do u square off the basement so that all the walls are going stright and not out more at one end then the other. I saw at my neighboors house when he had his done they drew lines on the floor so the wall went up stright. If anyone knows please let me know.

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Old 10-22-2006, 05:22 PM   #2
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My best advice would be to take your longest wall and pull all of your measurements off of it. You will also need to square off of the same wall using the 6,8,10 rule.
Do one thing at a time, do it well, then move on.
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
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.... And remember that strings and chaulk lines are your best friends for laying straight walls and square measurements....
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:40 PM   #4
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First, establish a center line down the long dimension of the room by measuring and snapping a chalk line. Then measure out from this centerline an equal distance at each end to establish two lines that are parallel to the center line.Use the largest multiple of the 3-4-5 triangle you can to establish the end walls square to the first two lines you popped.To check, measure the length of the diagonals which should be equal. If they are within a few sixteenths of each other, you will be well within tolerance for framing walls. Like the previous post said, nothing beats a ball of string and a chalk box, and a minimum 48 inch level; the longer the better, but the can get pricey.

And you probaly thought all that stuff about constructing shapes and angles in geometry class was useless crap, eh?
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:36 AM   #5
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there is book out there talk about this, the one I read "Basement Renovation, build like a pro" in fact talked about this in very details... However, depends on your house, I found the house I had, a newly built house, is rather simple and everything seems quite square and the book detail steps can be skipped, but if you have a older house, you may have more steps...
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