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Old 2014-07-23, 12:16 AM
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Question Mechanical room options

Our new built doesnt have a finished basement and the furnace, hwt etc sit in the middle of the open space and every now n then my kids bump into these things or the pipes get dislocated and today my son got a li'l boo boo on his finger.
So we were thinking of somehow hiding away these things so that no one gets hurt.
We have plans of finishing the basement after 2 yrs so I want to have a temporary fix (a cost effective fix) that will do the trick but my son loves playing soccer and as we dont have a finished backyard so his only option is the basement, so it has to be sturdy enough.
Any suggestions, ideas will be appreciated.

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Old 2014-07-23, 11:08 AM
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Framing is pretty cheap. Regardless of how you layout the basement you're mechanical room will need walls around it. I'd just frame walls around the room and do your walls the typical 16" on center. That way it's done and framed when you start work in your basement. If the thought of exposed 2x4 studs doesn't appeal to you, you could do what I've done in the past - use a staple gun to hold a piece of fabric over the studs to create your "wall".
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Old 2014-07-23, 11:14 AM
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I agree. Framing it out wouldn't be that difficult or expensive. And you can use OSB or another cheap sheathing to protect it from the flying soccer balls.

Just make sure air can get into the new room so that the furnace can breathe.

Any carpenter could knock it out in a few hours.
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Old 2014-07-23, 12:06 PM
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Screw some OSB to the frame and paint a goal on it
The stuff is dirt cheap, it's like $5 for a 2'x4' piece
You can even nail a bunch of hooks (or just use nails as hooks) and hang a bunch of toys from them on the other sides... but obviously, (I'm sure you would have figured it out lol), make sure protruding nails are not at eye level
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Thanks all for the response. What is the best place to buy materials? (Place offering the best price) HD, lowes, home hardware??
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They're all pretty comparable. Probably not more than a few cents difference on those materials at any given time.
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Is metal framing a good idea?
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For an inside partition yes. Easy to install.

If you are going to be doing an entire basement, get a Lowes card - 5% min off everything and 10% for 3 days a month.

Their prices are very good.
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For an inside partition yes. Easy to install.

If you are going to be doing an entire basement, get a Lowes card - 5% min off everything and 10% for 3 days a month.

Their prices are very good.
I didn't know this but I've just finished framing so there's still time...thanks for the head's up.
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