Just build a wall. What could be simpler? There's is a lot more to building a wall than you might think. Today I want to try and clarify a wall building concept that took me a long time to figure out and was really quite frustrating. It boiled down to which style of wall building should you do:
- Build your wall on the floor of your basement and then "lift it into place"
- Build your wall "in place", nail each board as you go (a.k.a. "stick-by-stick" )
Build a wall, then lift it into place
Let's talk about option "A" first, build a wall on the the floor and then lift it into place. Several of basement and construction books have photos of two people working together, building the wall on the floor of the room they are finishing and then lifting it into place.
From a visual standpoint this is the easier method to understand. This was the first method that I used. My "one small wall" was going to be about 8 feet long and I had plenty of room on the ground to build it.
It was a little tricky using this method solo because you need to hold the wood straight as you start to screw them together. (Yes, I recommend starting with screws because it's easier to back out of a mistake. And yes… you will make a lot of mistakes at first.
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