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TomR1972

01:47PM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 02/06/03
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I am not sure if this is the right forum if not then I am sorry.

I have a wall that has a small closet in it. I want to put a dresser on that wall and since its an extra closet I want to close it off. Is there anything i need to be worried and think about? Is it as simple as getting some 2x4's nailing in a top and bottom and supports up and down and then adding drywall. I know the wall will need to be finished as well but is there anything I am not thinking about?

Thanks in Advance,

Tom R

k2

03:04PM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi TomR,

If it were my house, I'd hate to "waste" the space!

How about a wall safe (or something else like it--hidden storage)?

If it's got a door, maybe just put the dresser in front of it?

If you have lots of square footage to spare, I bet you could wall it off, but does the closet have electrical (or other access) needs that should be properly disconnected first? Just wondering.

P.S., I am envious of anyone who has square footage to spare! :)

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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TomR1972

06:08PM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 02/06/03
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Actually the space is not to be wasted!!! The other side of the wall is another room that will be the office when it gets cleaned out. That room has a closet on the same wall on the other end, so i was going to break the wall up on the other side and remove the closet doors in that room and essentially make the office bigger by 3 feet deep by 15 feet wide ...or something close to that. There is electrical to worry about but it will only be an issue when i deal with the other side of that wall ...the office side.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thanks for your input!!!

Tom R

k2

05:25AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Darn, I was kinda hoping for the wall safe option!

It all sounds good to me (from here). Obviously, make sure you aren't removing anything load bearing! (You'll probably need a professional's opinion.)

And you'd be surprised what you find in walls. I think one of Murphy's Law's correlaries says that there will probably be ductwork, or a drain waste vent stack, in the one you want to open.

If I had any suggestion here, I guess it would be to not be afraid to call in for professional help--at least if you think you're over your head.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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TomR1972

07:01AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 02/06/03
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There isnt anything but electrical between the wall, all of th duct work is above in the attic and vents out from the ceiling. The pipes are all on the other side of the upstairs from where i am working, thats where the 2 bathroom are back to back. One side of the house is essentially bathrooms and the other side is the hallway with bedrooms. Now when i frame it in, i need to frame it back from the existing wall 1/4 of an inch or something correct? Is there a certain type of drywall i should get? Certanin size..1/4 do they make 1/2 I am new to this if that didnt tell ya!!!!

Thanks,

Tom R

k2

07:13AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Allow 1/2" for drywall. There is such a thing as 1/4" but I don't recommend it. It's really floppy stuff.

Don't forget to add extra framing for the drywall itself. drywall benefits from having good framing behind it--esp. at corners and seam locations. It's a lot easier to do this early-on than go back while you're "rockin'".

Good luck! drywalling is one of my "love hate" tasks. I always find it amazing how much you can do with just a few bucks worth of 2x4s and drywall. But getting it from those basic things to a finished wall--well, there's the trick :)

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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TomR1972

08:07AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 02/06/03
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Thanks 1/2 it will be. I am wondering if I should take the rest of the drywall off that same wall too. The light switch goes to a wall outlet on that wall. I want that switch to turn a fan that I am going to install. This might be out of your area but I am wodering since i am doing that closet anyhow would it be just as easy to break down the rest of the drywall so i can easily make the electrical changes? What do you think? Thanks!!!!

k2

11:51AM | 03/16/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hey there Tom,

The electrical is kind of out of my area--although I've learned quite a bit about it over the years. One thing you might ask about (perhaps on the Elec forum) is whether you can have other things besides lighting on that circuit. Lighting generally needs its own circuit; it's worth asking.

As for drywall, you raise an interesting point (should you do the whole wall). The biggest problem that I've found with drywalling is matching texture. Pros can really earn their dough on this. Maybe if you did the wall at once there'd be fewer discrepancies following texturing.

You can also choose to do only as much if you need and try to match texture. If that includes taking out some extra to do electrical, then go for it. You'll want to go to a stud anyway--preferably a double stud. Considering the cost of drywall (CHEAP!), if you need to do extra, go for it. But it still involves work, including moving awkward sheets of the stuff around. And even basic drywalling (including taping and bedding) has a learning curve.

And when you start rockin', use those tapered edges for all they're worth. I've been known to buy an extra piece of drywall just so I can use more tapered edges where I need them.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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