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Forum topic by indplswoodworking posted 06-13-2015 11:32 AM 943 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2015 11:32 AM

I am considering tackling a new project. I have contemplated for many weeks framing out the area. I have worked with wood and constructed furniture for many years but have nexer tackled a project of this magnitude. I have a question for you.

Do you have any advice on finishing your basement? Specifically the framing and working with timbers portion!

I live in the midwest and very interested in getting some input.

I am in the process currently of cleaning out the clutter of the basement and making some measurements and snapping some chalk lines on where the walls will roughly be. I measured the basement and its roughly 50 feet x 30 feet and most of the areas of the ceiling are either 8.5 or 9 at the lowest points.

The home is of modern construction and only about 8 years old. When it was built I had plumbing rough ins installed for a bathroom and it has electrical. I have framed sheds and barns before so generally familiar with the process.

My plan is to do the framing and electrical and contract out the drywall related work. I will do the trim and final touches. My first step will be to move my mitre saw in the basement and setup some sawhorses and build a work area. I expect this to take about 6 months. My second step is to buy a framing nailer and compressor.

My second question is does anyone have advice on a compressor and framing nailer??

Thanks for any and all input!!

Gary from Indianapolis


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#1 posted 06-13-2015 03:50 PM

1. Standard framing practice is to strap ceiling 1st, it provides a number of benefits for marking, fastening walls and smoothing out inconsistencies in joist hgts from the floor.

2. Determine where all walls are to be placed, layout and mark on floor.

3. Construct and stand all load bearing walls 1st, (walls that cross ceiling/floor joists).

4. Need straight straight edge and accurate level preferably 6’ to plumb ends of wall to
Joist/strapping above, then snap lines. Can fasten top plate to joists or can set 1×8 rough sawn in position 1st, it acts as nailer for edge of shtrk. If not will require more strapping at sides of top plate for shtrk.

5. Cut load bearing wall plates to length, layout plates for studs and openings, (studs need to be directly under ceiling joists. Place in position on floor then measure off to underside of end and middle joists/strapping/nailer.

6. Cut and mark the 3 studs to position.

7. If alone, use deadmen to support/press the top plate against the ceiling to facilitate fastening, then nail or screw top plate to underside of strapping/joists then place marked studs and screw or nail in place.

8. Odds are underside of joists are uneven, strapping and top plate help smooth but not perfect so studs will be also cut and set according to measurement, cut for snug fit.

9. Once all load bearing walls in place then begin on non load bearing walls, repeat previous procedure.

-- I meant to do that!

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#2 posted 06-13-2015 07:51 PM

For my basement, once I have figured the layout, I put down a pressure treated bottom plate as I figure basements are always subject to water leaks.

Personally I do not like a drywalling on the ceiling as there is potential for plumbing leaks and you need to put in acsess areas for them.

I like sealing and over insulationing the concrete walls…anything to reduce energy loss.

Figure your heating and AC ducting.

Have more circuits put in rather than less. Determine your need for internet and TV connections. I decided to run the best Ethernet and cable available. When you put up walls it can decrease wireless connectivity.

This is just my opinion but worked well for me.

Good Luck with your project.

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#3 posted 06-20-2015 07:38 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback guys. I am pacing on the roof getting ready to jump! I just ordered a framing nailer. We had a garage sale last week and cleaned out the junk in our basement. Im going to do this! I plan on picking up some lumber next week and starting this project. I am also going to video the process and document it.

The question of the week…..can you describe the best process for framing inside corners???


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