I have have concrete / half wood frame walls in my basement. The upper wood
portion is insullated and dry walled. I want to finish the lower, concrete
portion now. I will put a 2x4 frame against the concrete and attach the
sole plate with the nail gun. My question is: do i need to further anchor
this frame? As it will not be going up to the ceiling, do I anchor a top
plate to anything??
I think I would.
Two ways to do it are build the 1/2 wall level with the concrete and then
use a 2 x X to top of the wall and secure it to the concrete. The other
option is to use short sections of 2 x 4 to return to the wall and then top
off with 1 X stock. The cost will be about the same. If you can find some
nice clean 2 X stock that may even be cheaper.
Normally, in this situation they just cap off the top of the studs slightly
higher than the concrete ledge, and anchor it to the existing wall studs. You
may need to rip down a 2x6 to mak up for the setback.
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