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Posted by bill on February 11th, 2002 06:58 PM
In reply to Bottom Plate by Issue on February 11th, 2002 02:27 PM [Go to top of thread]

If you have a sawzall, or can borrow one,use it, along with a 8" metal cutting blade installed in it, to cut the nails which hold the studs to the plate and then the nails which fasten the plate to the floor (if you have fastened the plate to the floor). Remove the bottom plate and slip in the treated one and toe nail the studs to it. If you cannot borrow a sawzall (reciprocating saw) you can buy an inexpensive one at that will serve the homeowner very well (but buy quality blade; ie:not from harbor freight). The only other way would be to use copper napenate to coat the bottom plate, but you cannot get to the underside. Which still leaves you with the underside exposed to the concrete and therefore, susceptable to rot. Go with the first method. It may take you alittle longer but you will be more satisfied with yourself and the results. Good Luck, Bill

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