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Old 2010-09-11, 11:04 AM
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Default Creating a partition wall in the basement - permit required?

Hi all,

I want to create an L-shaped partition wall in my basement around the furnace. I'm planning to use 2x4s spaced 18" apart and putting some drywall on one side. I don't plan on putting any electrical. It will be open on one side and won't have a door.

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It's pretty much temporary until we can start finishing our basement but I will be fastening it to the ceiling and the floor. The walls will be roughly 8 feet in length each. Do I need to get a permit for something like this?
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You do not require a permit.

You should consider 16" oc spacing rather than 18" If you ever finish the space you can keep that wall or move it and not have to rebuild it.

Don't forget to put a sill gasket under the bottom plate.
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Old 2010-09-11, 08:23 PM
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Yep. 16" oc is much better than 18". That said, in the basement where the wall is not load bearing 24" oc is more than sufficient.
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Yep. 16" oc is much better than 18". That said, in the basement where the wall is not load bearing 24" oc is more than sufficient.
24" oc??? The last thing I want is the kids playing the basement a little rough and whoops...went right through the wall.
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24" oc??? The last thing I want is the kids playing the basement a little rough and whoops...went right through the wall.
Unless they try real hard they will not be going through any walls (believe me, my two boys tried many times in our old home). 24" oc is very normal for basements. Some builders actually use 24" oc in many non-load bearing walls on the above ground floors also.
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Thanks, I'll go with 16" oc as recommended. Also, I may go with plywood instead of drywall so things don't accidentally go through them (ie: kids )
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Some builders actually use 24" oc in many non-load bearing walls on the above ground floors also.
I've never seen that. That would be some cheap a$$ builder cutting corners to save money.
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You do not require a permit.

You should consider 16" oc spacing rather than 18" If you ever finish the space you can keep that wall or move it and not have to rebuild it.

Don't forget to put a sill gasket under the bottom plate.
Is the sill gasket to prevent moisture from getting into the wood stud?
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I've never seen that. That would be some cheap a$$ builder cutting corners to save money.
Not many builders do that above grade any more but there used to be some who did.

That said, most builders that actually use studs to put up insulation in the basement use 24" oc. Of course, many others just bag the insulation. Really, 24"oc is plenty in most situations (in the basement).
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Thanks, I'll go with 16" oc as recommended. Also, I may go with plywood instead of drywall so things don't accidentally go through them (ie: kids )
Plywood will be serious overkill.
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