Installing a framed wall in place is not much of a difficult task if you know the basics: Assemble on floor and set the frame up. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through this.
We highly recommend you to set the framed wall up as soon as you can. This will bring any maladjustment and issue to light, hence saving you time by realizing possible mistakes quickly. Also, the frame will occupy less space if set up immediately.
There are checks to be made before setting up. Evaluate corners and angles to ensure they’re right, height is properly adjusted and the distance between floor and ceiling is accurately applied. Locate the bottom on the floor with a chalk, then lift up the framed wall and locate it. After you make sure everything’s fine and done, fixate it with nails. For plaster walls and ceilings, you most likely will need 3-inch long drywall screws both to hold the frame in place and to avoid damage.
Extra Tip: Having someone to help is such a blessing, particularly for this framed wall; since the assembly will be long and probably wide and you’ll have a hard time trying to adjust it by yourself. To avoid struggle and unwanted self-injury while having more accuracy, ask for a hand.
You Will Need:
- Plumb bob
- Chalk line
- Bottom and top plates
- 2 1/2 inch drywall screws
- Carpenter’s level
Step 1: Mark the Spot
Place a plumb bob at each end and sides of ceiling plate and mark wall positions onto the floor. If you have a hand, ask them to mark spots while you hold the string. If you’re on your own, dangle the plumb off a nail in top plate and mark the floor. Repeat for each end.
Step 2: Snap a Line
Link the chalk spots you determined with the plumb with a line. This line displays the location of bottom plate.
Step 3: Position and Lift Wall
Move the framed wall around until the bottom plate is an inch apart from previously drawn chalk line. Take the top plate and gently lift the frame till it’s standing high. Push it into place according to marks and lines.
Step 4: Anchor the Wall
Ensure edges of plates are even, and hold the top plate in position with nails. In case of plaster setting, use 2-1/2-inch drywall screws to fixate the frame. Use carpenter’s level to make sure the frame is even, then you can install bottom plates to floor as well.
Step 5: Set Shims
In case of gaps left between ceiling and top plate, slide shims among the said surfaces until it doesn’t wobble and then nail it up. It’s a better idea to hold the shims into place as well so it will remain permanently intact.
More Framing Tips and Tricks
How to Frame a Corner
Let’s say your newly adjusted wall hits a corner. In this case, you’ll need to frame it with a couple studs. Three or four will do, regarding the case. Follow the picture above for stud adjustment. This example will end up with one-inch-wide internal corner surface on drywall, concealing the nailing underneath and displaying a neat external surface.
How to Anchor Walls to Concrete Floors
Concrete is potentially more difficult to penetrate through with nails and screws, but do not worry. We have solutions for you to beat this issue!
- Use masonry-special nails for floors installed within last four years. These hardened nails will fixate bottom plates onto the concrete safe and sound. Make sure you use 2-inch nails on each side to end up with 1-1/2 inch penetration.
- If you’re using tools such as Ramset Guns to attach plates onto concrete, make sure you’re trained enough to use it safely since these instruments attach materials together with extreme charge.
- Use bits and screws specially manufactured to work with on hard surfaces, concrete included. They’re sturdy and will pierce through any material with little effort.
- Once the drill has penetrated the concrete, make a hole and place inside a plastic tightener to hold the screw still.
- Industrial adhesive will come in handy to facilitate manual fastening but you shouldn’t rely on adhesives alone.
If the concrete is kind of new, masonry nails will penetrate just perfectly through. Wear safety glasses while nailing down the plate onto concrete for bits and shards might get thrown around.
Buying and Using Adhesive
Industrial glue and construction adhesive pair up satisfyingly with manual fixating tools. Chop the nozzle ½ inch from the tip and pour enough adhesive on surface to hold plates onto the wall and/or floor. Make sure your adhesive isn’t expired.
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