Wall between basement and garage

lthurtleOctober 10, 2007

Hi everyone,

We just bought a new house, gutted the 1960's finished basement 'cuz of an awful stink and found out that the wall between the basement and garage is simply wood-framed with regular drywall and fiberglass insulation.

Since it's halfway down already, I'd like to completely replace the wall with something fire (and water) resistant.

Can anyone list the best materials to use and the best way to build the wall?

I worry about the drywall going to the floor, and even the wood frame on the floor because of water from the car when it rains or snows.

I'd also like the wall to be relatively bug and critter proof.

Thanks for any ideas and help!

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Brewbeer

House about making the bottom of the wall out of concrete block?

    Bookmark   October 10, 2007 at 8:52PM
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lthurtle

Nice idea! Would I use concrete as mortar and mortar the blocks to the floor and to one another?

Would that be waterproof?

Then I could just frame with wood on top of it, right?

    Bookmark   October 10, 2007 at 9:03PM
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Brewbeer

You would use "mortar" to set the blocks to the floor and to each other.

Sticking the concrete blocks to the concrete floor with mortar is trickier that it sounds. The concrete blocks will stick to each other nicely, because they are clean and have rough surfaces. Your existing concrete floor is probably dirty and smooth. You need to make it rough and clean to get the blocks to stick well with mortar.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2007 at 9:16PM
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