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Posted by ken steel on March 17th, 1998 07:50 PM
In reply to RE:basement - metal vs wood studs by Bob F. on March 17th, 1998 03:23 PM [Go to top of thread]

One of my kids finished his basement in a new
house. To say it was successful is an under-
statement - it is beautiful. Some of the things
he did:
Created a "foyer" at the base of the stairs
with doors into a mechanical room, shop, cedar
walk-in closet, bathroom, play room, and the main
room. The foyer and main room are carpeted using
"Comfort Base" under the carpet. Comfort Base is
specifically used over concrete - I recommend it.
Used metal studs and framing. Easy to use.
If you have a sump I would suggest installing
a water backup system. We have a high water table
in this area; I pump water about every 10 minutes
so a power outage can do severe damage. For me
the water system is superior to the battery system
assuming you have city water. Zollner makes such
a pump.
To cover the supporting beams he used the
fluted aluminum posts normally used on porches.
Looks great.
At the end of the main room he built a wall
about 2 feet out which allows for electronics and
a 52" recessed TV.
The walls and ceilings are all drywall with
a "pull down" finish which avoids the mess of
Good luck. Be interested in your progress.

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