I was poking around my basement, made all the more attractive now that
Seattle has broken 100 for 3 days straight (yeah I don't want to hear it
from all you hot climate people). Anyway I was contemplating putting up
some drywall, seeing as the walls don't have any. I noticed however that
the previous owner didn't bother to run the romex through the boards, but
rather stapled it on the side the drywall should go. I trust that I'll have
to pull that wire and re-route it through the studs before putting up
I guess my question is, and I will get an inspector for this job as well,
but the wires should be routed through the middle of the wall stud -
Maybe I should have clarified, but it is the staircase that leads to the
basement that needs the drywall.
BTW: Since you mentioned it, assuming moisture is a problem, what else
would you put on the walls to cover up the studs and wiring?
Even "regular" drywall works better than most "panells." "They" do make
both paneling and drywall that is better suited for damp locations.
Dry wall is pretty good stuff. If it isn't underwater "too long" it will
survive an occasional flood.
Outside water should no come through the basement walls in the first place.
Nah. Only if you get real unlucky and have one board end just on the
plate, and the next board not hit at all, resulting in a little 1mm
drop between boards. In that case, just stick a second plate under the
other board. Otherwise, the boards are plenty flexible to get around a
1mm bump with no noticeable change.
Depending on the stud size(2x4) and orientation(thinest edges facing
inside and out of the room), generally yes. The idea is to have the
wire(this case NM) atleast 1.25" from a nailing surface.
To save time, and provide you more insulation, have you thought of
picking up 2x2's and just notching out areas for the wire, and attach
them to the existing studs? This will provide you the insulation
potential of 2x6 construction(assuming the orginial is normal
studding). Also, if you want further nail protection, install nail
Now all this is based on teh limited description you provided, so only
use this for a starting point deciding what to do. Not a How-To.
tom @ www.WorkAtHomePlans.com
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