10:26PM | 05/10/13
Member Since: 05/10/13
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while framing my basement i keep running into problems where because of either irregularities of the wall or floor or very slightly warped 2x4s my bottom/top plates will stick out an 1/8" over an 8' run. or the studs will hang over or not come to the edge of the bottom/top plate. these discrepancies are never more than an 1/8" and only occur 1 or 2 times in every 8' run of framing. so my question is are these little gaps normal and acceptable and will they go unnoticed when the drywall is all finished or should every joint be perfectly flush? keep in mind the basement is just being turned into an additional tv area and playroom for the kids, nothing big or fancy.


05:15AM | 07/12/13

1/8" isn't a big deal. I mean perfect is what you go for, but I wouldn't sweat it.

Your bottom and top plates should be straight as you're nailing them based on an existing chalk line ya? if the wood is curved, do your best to jam it over so its straight...not every piece of lumber is perfect.


02:32PM | 07/28/13
Member Since: 02/16/10
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Good Trim will make the fundamental wall coverings work well...seal the insulated wall areas with impervious material like plasic or foamboard before using the sheetrock though.


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