03:47PM | 11/24/02
Member Since: 11/23/02
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My basement is semi finshed, but I would like to put drywall over my basement walls to make it look less like a basement wall. My basement steps run directly in to a wall with 36 inches between the bottom step and the wall. If I use 2x4's then I lose at least 5 inches of landing space, Would it be better to use 2x2's in this case? Anyone have this problem? and if so what did you do?


05:24PM | 11/26/02
You could build a landing near the bottom if you have enough head room and turn the last few steps. You can also use a 7/8" metal "hat channel" on the walls to screw the drywall to and save a little more space (If your walls are concrete or block).


[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited November 26, 2002).]


09:41AM | 11/27/02
Member Since: 11/23/02
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Believe it or not, that is exactly what I was thinking. The only way I can get the necessary head room is, the ceiling above the landing is the floor for a coat closet upstairs, if I remove the center joist 2x8 and replace it with a 2x4 or nothing at all since hopefully no one will jumping up and down in the closet. Then I can extend my last step out to the new wall and still have my head room.


10:20AM | 11/30/02
A lot would depend on the span of the joist you want to replace. Being it is only a closet (provided it is not piled full) I would suggest you might use a 4x4 to replace part of the 2x8.

I would only replace the part that is necessary and leave as much of the 2x8 as possible. Use a 2x8 to bridge the span between the 2 adjacent joists to support the remaining cut end of the 2x8. (If the joist span is long or the load on it is substantial, you may also want to double up on the two adjacent joists first.) Then replace the removed section with a 4x4.




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