Framing around the ductwork in my basement had me completely and totally stumped. The key to wall framing for your basement is visualization. If you can visualize what the finished wall needs to look like then you are half way there.
It's a skill that takes some time to develop but then is very easy to repeat. Even though I had already framed a few rooms for my basement I need some help from friends to wrap my brain around how to handle framing around the ductwork.
Be sure to check out my "super tip" at the end of the post for a solution to a noisy pipe problem that must be solved before you close up your ductwork framing with drywall.
What is "Ductwork" and Why do I need to Frame It
Okay, so here's the deal. The ductwork I'm referring to is the main line (a metal box) that carries the cold and hot air from your basement HVAC area to the rest of your house.
In my house I have 2 main ductwork "lines". One goes straight up from the HVAC unit and delivers air to one side of the house. The second travels across the basement to the other side of the house and then [Read more...]