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I am finishing my basement in a home I purchased this past September. The home is well built, basement showing no signs of moisture, no noticeable cracks in the block wall or slab. I put up foam board along he walls and began framing my walls in place. On one of the walls, the block wall isn't 100% straight vertically. I put my header in and dropped my plumb bob and saw it was out a little further than the width of the boards for my bottom plate. I checked the level on the wall and found the block isn't straight.
I assume, to keep my walls straight, just install my bottom plate plumb to the header. And, if I build my walls plumb, do I have to do anything to shim the space between the wall and the foam board on the block?

Thank you all in advance for any help and suggestions.
 

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Is the top leaning in or out? Sounds like in?

Is the lean consistent along the length of the wall, or does the top bow in the middle of the wall?
 

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Then the easy button is probably to shift your toe plate out some. Either that or taper all your studs.
 

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Hi Paul and welcome to the forum. Give us a nearby big city so we will know your climate.
How thick is that rigid foam board?
If you make adjustments to make the wall look better resulting in a varied space between it and the foam board I see no problem.

Advice given above is good. Be sure you include fire blocking at the top.
Bud
 

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Hi Paul and welcome to the forum. Give us a nearby big city so we will know your climate.
How thick is that rigid foam board?
If you make adjustments to make the wall look better resulting in a varied space between it and the foam board I see no problem.

Advice given above is good. Be sure you include fire blocking at the top.
Bud
Thanks Bud!

I live in Northeast Ohio. I put 1.5" foam board along the walls. Glad you mentioned fire blocking, hadn't even thought of that.
 

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Also air seal and insulate those joist cavities.

Enjoy
Bud
 
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