How Do You Build A Non-Load-Bearing Wall On Concrete?

How Do You Build A Non-Load-Bearing Wall On Concrete?

How Do You Build A Non-Load-Bearing Wall On Concrete?

Building a load-bearing wall during new construction takes some engineering knowledge. The only requirement for installing a non-load-bearing wall into an existing home is that it be straight and level.

Still, it’s critical to follow established methods for stud placement and other difficulties, so it doesn’t appear crooked or start tumbling down after a year.

This plan assumes you’re building a floor-to-ceiling wall that connects to a neighbouring wall on one side, stands alone on the other, and doesn’t require a doorway. Here is how you do it;

  • For the bottom of the wall, where it meets the concrete, use a treated board. This will assist in keeping any moisture that seeps up from the concreate from decaying.
  • Make the entire ground wall a little shorter than the lowest joist/beam so you can easily raise it into place without it becoming trapped.
  • Attach it to the cement floor at the bottom with cement nails/ramset/tapcon screws.
  • At the top, if the wall is perpendicular to the joists, you may nail through the shims between the bottom of the beams and the top of the wall to attach it to the joists/beams.
  • If the cement wall runs parallel to the beams/joists, you may either nail scraps between the beams or nail a scrap of 2×4 flatwise to the wall and up against a stud, connect it to the cement wall, then nail through the stud and into the side of the scrap.

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