08:46AM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 12/31/04
3 lifetime posts
I am in the process of finishing my basement and want to add a partition wall to extend an existing wall along the stairs back to the back wall. We have a walk-out basement and that part of the back wall is above grade so it is conventional wood frame and is finished on the inside with drywall. Where the new wall would join the back wall is between the studs. Also there is a 5" septic pipe at the top ot the back wall that prevents me from both running the top plate all the way to the wall and running the ending stud all the way up to the floor joists.

Here are my questions:

1) How do I attach the new wall to the back wall? Do I have to open up the back wall to add blocking?

2) Is there a standard way to frame around the pipe? My thought is to end the top plate at the last stud, add a jack stud next to it and a stud of the same height at the end with a plate/heater running on top of them.

3) I would love to be able to hide the septic pipe somehow (like with a cornice) but it has a cleanout that I suspect I need to leave access to.


11:57AM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Typically if you are using 2x4 framing you'd place a 2x6 on flat & 2 2x4s each side in the wall you are framing to.

Look here on the Alter Eagle Forum for a detail on the enclosure, pay attention to the fireblocking when you do those...

Also ask a local carpenter / contractor as well when in doubt.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


02:37PM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 12/31/04
3 lifetime posts
Altereagle, could you clarify on your first comment?

Is this the answer to how to connect the wall in? I don't quite understand your description. Does it include opening up the existing wall?

My thought was that the "correct way" would be to open up the existing wall, add a couple of new studs where the new wall would meet it then nail the end stud of the new wall into them. I was just hoping for a magic way to prevent from having to open up the existing wall but still have a solid joint that would not crack along the joint. Opening up the existing wall seems like taking a step backward to move forward :(.

Thanks on the second comment, My thought at present was come sort of soffit that was totally removable or at least has a removable end to access the cleanout from.


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