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  1. #1
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    Default Basement walls: to frame or not to frame?

    We are planning to finish our basement (new home: build 2007).
    Just finishing coating the cement walls with dryloc.
    My question is this: do we need to go the usual route of framing it with 2x4s and then drywal? Or are there newer methods where you can directly put some wall material up?

    thanks!

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    Default Re: Basement walls: to frame or not to frame?

    the main reason for the 2x4 studs is to be able to insulate properly. if insulation is not needed, you can affix strapping to the walls and blueboard and plaster over that. makes a tad more work to do the electrical but it's possible. also, do you plan on having heat down there? if you're using baseboard heat then you're going to need something thicker than strapping. corning makes a wall system for finishing basements.

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    Default Re: Basement walls: to frame or not to frame?

    thanks a ton!!
    Might just go with the framing route...and will try to do it myself. lets see how far that goes

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    Default Re: Basement walls: to frame or not to frame?

    You’ll frame your walls using 2” X 4” lumber. Be sure to select only the straightest and truest boards. You’ll find there are three components to your wall — bottom plate (it’s horizontal, it’s on the floor, it contacts your concrete or cinder block basement wall), top plate (the bottom plate’s complement, which is nailed to the bottom of your ceiling joists).

    Finally there’s your studs (they’re vertical, toenailed at the bottom plate and top plate).

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