09:45AM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 07/21/04
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HI, hopefully someone can answer this question.

One of my basement walls has a couple of PVC pipes from the upstairs bathroom running horizontally along the concrete wall (about a foot down from the ceiling joists) - the concrete wall is already insulated (done by the original builder).

This however means that I cannot place my studs directly against the wall and attach them to the joists, because the PVC pipes are in the way.

1 / I can either place my studs about 6 inches out from the wall so they fit "floor to joist" missing the pipes (as the pipes would be between the concrete wall and the studs)


2 / I can sofit around the pipes - although attaching a furring strip to the concrete wall through the insulation material doesn’t appear very solid.

My question is, is it ok to use option 1 above - or is there some kind of code against having 6ins of space or so behind my new wall (I know I would have to sofit and leave an access point on the main vertical drainage pipe)

Or is it a requirement that I have to sofit around the pipes running horizontally and place my studs between floor and sofit.

Appreciate any advice





09:29PM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Option #1 is the preffered method although both are acceptable.

Framing basement walls out from the existing concrete is the preferred method in most cases...even if that means framing them out from masonry walls 6 inches or more.


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