Painting Ideas & Tips
  • April 30, 2018
  • Home Renovations

How to Frame a Basement Wall?

Framing your basement walls is the first step in finishing your basement. Get ready, because this is when all of your time spent researching, planning, and designing your basement will finally pay off. First, decide on the type of frame that you got to be installed on the wall.

Materials Required for Basement Framing

  • Foam Board
  • Foam Board Glue
  • Drills and Drill Bits
  • Hammer and Nails
  • Saw (For Cutting)
  • Drywall Screws
  • Safety Goggles

Step by Step Process to Frame a Basement Wall

1. Exterior Wall Set-Up :

Prepare the exterior wall before installing the frames to them. Before attaching the foams, check for any damages to the walls and repair them if necessary. Make markings on the wall for studs and make sure to make the same marking on the foam boards as well. Foam Boards are used to keep the basement energy efficient. Drill holes through the foam board to the exterior walls and hammer in the screws through each hole.

2. Prepare the Frame :

Start assembling the wall frame on the floor and it’s faster and easier to construct a wall on the ground. Make markings on the frame, where the studs are to be installed. Have all the markings face the same direction, so its easy to nail them and avoid a curved wall. It’s comfortable to construct your frame with the crowns up; that way both ends of the studdings are solidly on the ground when you attach the top and bottom plates. Be careful in building the frame so that it can tip up quickly without getting stuck in the room edges.

3. Tip the walls :

It’s usually comfortable to tip a wall up with the bottom plate against the wall, but if the floor joists are sagging or there are pipes, you may have to raise the top of the wall in first and push the bottom plate into place.

4. Fasten the bottom frame first :

After tipping up the structure to the wall, time to fasten the frame to the wall. You can use construction adhesive and nails to secure the bottom frame to the wall. Wear safety glasses and gloves for protection. You can use drilling machine to make holes and nail down the screws and fasten the frame.

5. Fasten the Top of the frame to the wall :

Nail the top frame to every joist present and use plumbing tools to secure the nails on to the structure. It’s not essential to adjust the studs straight under floor joists, but it’s a good idea if you plan to run ductwork or pipes in the walls.

6. Inside Corners :

When there are inside corners, turn the last board on the first wall sideways and overlap it about halfway pass the connecting wall. By making in this way, you can fasten the two walls together.


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