Framing of your basement wall might sound easy and straightforward. However, when it is done poorly, it is likely to complicate the installation of the drywalls and other works that succeeds it. When you frame your basement wall poorly, you are also likely to attract moisture and mold problems. To come up with the best frame for your basement wall, you will have to follow a number of steps.
Seal the wall
The first step involves waterproofing the wall with a suitable material. When rolling up this waterproof product, ensure that there is no water infiltration and that the wall is dry. Ask us any questions about CSG Renovation you may have or get a free quote.
Install foam board
You can then proceed to install 2 inches extruded polystyrene form board. It is the most moisture resistant polystyrene. This is stuck on the wall using a construction adhesive. You will have to apply this adhesive in vertical stripes on your basement wall. Ensure that the adhesive is applied in both the upper and the lower part of the wall.
Install blocking between joists
In the event that you are making the door joists at the same time you are building the wall, then there is need to install blocking. This will be of significance when attaching the top wall plate. You should screw a side of the block while securing the other to the sill plate.
Snap lines on the floor
Proceed to break a line on the basement floor. This should be done 4 inches away from the foam. This will help in guiding the bottom plate.
Assemble the wall on the ground
You can now assembly your wall on the ground. All crowns should be facing the same direction failure to which the wall will end up being wavy.
Tip up the walls
It is advisable that when you are working alone, you should not build a very heavy wall. You will not be able to lift it. You can build the wall in bits and stack them up appropriately. However, with a complete wall, you will have to tip the wall up. All this while, the bottom plate will have to be on the wall.
Build the walls short
If you intend to fix the wall into its rightful place using a sledgehammer, then they should be shorter.
Fasten the bottom plate
These walls can then be fixed onto the floor using a construction adhesive. In each end, ensure that you space the fasteners at the intervals of 6 feet and within 6 inches of every end. To do this effectively, ensure that you have protective clothing on. These include earmuffs and protective glasses.
Plumb and secure the top plate
Ensure that you plumb the wall after every 4 feet. This will help you in straightening the studs. It’s only the top plates that have to be nailed to each joist. The shims can be placed at an interval of three joists.
Build in place when necessary
In the event that the basement ceiling is low, you can consider installing one stud at a time instead of building the whole wall on the floor. This should also apply when you are framing where the windows are located.
In the event that you are framing inside corners, ensure that you turn the last board and overlap it halfway past the connecting wall. The two walls will reinforce each other and at the same time, provide a surface for attaching the drywall.
Lastly, it will be imperative to build out around the windows. This will give you room for attaching the drywall. You should also attach the drywall backers.