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Framing support poles

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The layout for the framing of the basement support poles.If you remember back to basement design decision, I wasn't sure if I would have a wall leading to one of the support poles. After much discussion, my wife and I decided to have a full wall extending 8' from the 'screen wall' to the first support pole. I decided the wall would meet at the edge of the pole (so from one side it would just look like a wall.)

I used the 3-4-5 method to find the exact point along the wall to snap a chalk line. I extended the chalk line across the basement to ensure the pole on the right side would be even with the one on the left.

I then used a square to mark of the other 3 sides of each 'box' that would surround the pole. I decided that I'd need a 4-gang switch box on each pole to accommodate my lighting needs. Since a 4-gang box is about 8 inches, I needed to frame the pole using a 12" enclosure. I also needed to make sure the short side of the 2x4s were on the side of the pole where the switches would go.

Two support poles, framed in with 2x4s.Following the process detailed in framing poles, I cut the 4 pieces for the bottom plate, and the blocking for the top. Next I secured the bottom plate using Tapcon screws, nailed the blocking to the joists using 12D nails.

After measuring each of the corners, I cut (4) 2x4s of the appropriate length, and toe-nailed them with 8D nails. I repeated the process for the other support pole and that was that!

For a more detailed look at how to frame your basement support poles, see "Framing poles" in the "Construction" section.


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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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