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Finishing the 1st wall

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[Click to enlarge]The next weekend's task was to finish the first wall. This time I had to navigate the main duct, and I also had to frame a door (to the storage area). I snapped a chalk line from the corner of the previous section to the basement wall using the 3-4-5 method to get a 90 degree corner. Again I decided to build the wall on the floor and than raise it into place. The picture above is how it will (hopefully) look when it's complete.

After carefully measuring the distance to the duct and to the main support beam running across the basement I cut four short studs for that area, plus a long one (part of the section that extended past the end of the duct. After nailing it all together I stood it up and slid it over- a perfect fit! (Well, pretty close anyway!)

We'll be installing a 36" right-hand door into the room. Leaving space for the frame and an extra for leveling, I needed a 38" x 82" rough opening for the door. I was able to build it pretty easily by following the instructions in The Complete Guide to Finishing Walls & Ceilings.

God, I hope I did that right I guess I'll find out when I try to hang the door! At any rate, the roughing in of the first wall is now complete!

Progress Topics

Getting started

Down come the walls

1st mishap

Basement wall cracks

Lumber and tools

Starting construction - Hammer time!

Moving ductwork

Finishing the 1st wall

Around the corner

Five short walls

The big wall

Repairing cracks again!

Framing around windows

Framing the office

Finishing the office

Design decision

Framing support poles

Framing the last wall

See also...
Phase 2: Electrical and Drywall

Phase 3: Priming, painting and finshing touches




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