I'm currently remodiling a basement room, I'm turning it into a bedroom.
So the room already is there and the walls are already framed out ontop of
the cocrete and foundation. what i'm doing is putting up false walls to
hide some pipes and wires also to hide most of the concrete now my
question is do i have to use pressure treated wood for just putting up
false walls or is there something i can use to treat the wood since i
already purchased studs from home depot.
Is their a risk for moisture in your basement? Plain lumber is OK. I
won't use chemical laden materila for indoor. When I had this house
built I had the basement ceiling higher than usual so I could hide all
the things(wiring, ducts, pipes) without lowering the ceiling.
One thing, when framing a wall, leave about an inch gap at the top.
Should not make it tight fit from bottom to top.
A suggestion: In some jurisdictions a 'bedroom' in a basement area is
not permitted unless it has windows above ground level that can be used
for escape. Although an 'inhabited room' with an alternative way out
may be acceptable in some places.
Personally I would not put a permanent bedroom in my mainly below
However a rumpus/recreation room used on rare occasions for an adult
supervised 'children's sleepover' party would probably be OK;
especially if one has an extra smoke alarm installed on the stairs etc.
In particular do not rent out a basement room, for someone to live in.
There could be culpability and financial liability in the case of
disaster! There are also ventilation and health considerations required
by some jurisdictions.
I wish there was a Federal law against covering basement walls,
ceilings, and floors. Water seepage into basements is very
common, but it is often not noticed if it evaporates quickly
before forming droplets or moist carpeting.
When evaporation is enclosed, it tends to condense into liquid,
and sits there for years generating mold, spores, and
mold waste vapors, if not also wood rot.
And when a water pipe starts to drip, from corrosion or
condensation, it can be months before it shows up.
(Viva basement liberation!)
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