06:23AM | 01/17/04
Member Since: 01/16/04
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What materials and methods are best to put up walls to finish a basement with cinder block walls? Can I screw into the cinder block without disturbing the foundation?

Help! I'm a new home owner with no experience but I'm trying.

plumber Tom

02:08AM | 01/18/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
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Furring strips were the most common (1x3's) pieces of wood. However they are subject to moisture. Metal furring strips are now the material of choice. You won't damage your foundation by screwing into the blocks. The blocks rest on a footer of poured concrete. That's your foundation. Another alternative is to frame the whole basement in metal studs. Seal the block wall 1st with a good waterproofing paint (thoro-seal, drylock are a couple name brands) Add your vapor barrier, insulation and electrical outlets and then you'll be ready to drywall. If you want to install a powder room or even a full bathroom here's website that has a pump already installed in a sewer ejector pit I have used them several times and they work great. No need for an up-flush toilet. Good Luck, Tom


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