framing basement block walls
I am starting to create a workshop in our basement and would like to frame up a block wall. I would like to put drywall up and also install electric receptacles. I also would install cabinets on this wall. What would be the best way to attach 2×4 to wall and will I have to run electric on the outside of the drywall? Also wondering about insulation/vapor barrier. Thanks for any and all help !!
First, make sure your basement is water proof and all sources of moisture are under control. Start by covering the block wall with a 4-6 mil clear plastic vapor barrier and extend it beyond the wall line on to the floor about a foot or so. Using a treated sill plate and 2x4 studs, frame up a false wall in front of the block wall. Attach the plate using a powder actuated nailer or drill the plate and attach with tapcons.I would measure studs individually to accommodate any uneveness in concrete floor to bottom of floor joists. The false wall will allow you to insulate, run wiring in the stud bays and cover with dry wall. Make sure when/if you install drywall that it is not tight to the floor. you will want to leave a space of about 1/2"-5/8 "of an inch so if there is moisture, the drywall wont wick up any water. Building false wall will also gives you a good starting point for your cabinet installation.