May 16, 2022

How to Frame Out Basement Walls | This Old House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to frame out concrete basement walls to get them ready for drywall. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for How to Frame Out Basement Walls:
polyethylene plastic sheeting [] and duct tape [], used to test wall for excessive moisture
hydraulic cement [], used for patching holes in wall
polystyrene foam board [], used to insulate basement walls
1×3 spruce boards [], used to create a furring-strip grid on wall for attaching drywall
4-inch-long spring spikes [], used to secure horizontal 1x3s to wall
1 5/8-inch drywall screws [], used to attach vertical 1x3s to horizontal 1x3s
electrical boxes [], cable [], connectors [] and devices [], needed if planning to electrify the wall

Tools or How to Frame Out Basement Walls:
hammer [] and center punch [], used to tap metal wall ties below surface of wall
spray bottle [], used to spray water onto wall prior to applying hydraulic cement
margin trowel [] and plastic bucket [], used to mix and apply hydraulic cement to wall
caulk gun []
utility knife []
chalk line []
hammer drill [] and 3/16-inch masonry drill bit []
drill/driver []

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