Basement framing methods?

Old 01-12-20, 02:05 AM
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We are about to start framing our basement (first timers when it comes to large projects). I had basically settled on building the walls in place because absolutely n.o.t.h.i.n.g. in our entire house is square or level. This is especially true in our basement. One of the walls to be built runs fairly close to the floor drain and will be built over sloping concrete.

This brings me to my question. I have come across articles that state one should absolutely not build in place. Theoretically it should be easier to build the walls on the floor and lift into place. However I am not sure how I would go about remedying the difference in ceiling height across the length of the floor. I really don't want to shim, as that doesn't seem like it would build a stable wall at all.

Does anyone have an educated opinion on the matter? (As my username would suggest, my expertise lies elsewhere).

Old 01-12-20, 05:57 AM
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I have come across articles that state one should absolutely not build in place.
I have no idea why any article would say that. IMO it is the best way to do it. The only exception I know of would be Colorado, which has some odd codes that have to do with soil expansion.

On exterior walls, the "best" practice is to insulate rim joists first... then apply a strip of 1/2" sheetrock to the ceiling perimeter as a fire stop. Then insulate the walls with 2" of rigid foam to the exterior walls, and air seal the edges and seams. THEN frame your walls and insulate them with unfaced insulation.

You obviously want to ensure that exterior walls have no moisture problems before you finish them.

And Canada has different codes than we do in the US when it comes to basement finishing. So consult your local building department first.

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Old 01-12-20, 08:41 AM
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I have come across articles that state one should absolutely not build in place.
Build in place, tilt up, wood or metal studs, they are all feasible and nothing is really superior to the other!

I've always done tilt up with wood because that's how the rest of the house is built.

My buddy, who does a lot of basement finishes, swears that built in place metal studs is the only way to go.

When it's all done, you still have a finished basement!

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