Framing a Wall in Place aka Build a Wall in Place
How to Frame a Wall in Place or Build a Wall in Place.
Install top and bottom plates. Nail the top plate to the joists. Use a level and a straight board to mark the location of the bottom plate or use a chalk line case as a plumb bob. Mark the floor in two places and make an X to indicate on which side of the mark the plate should be positioned. Use masonry nails or a power hammer to fasten the bottom plate to the floor.
Framing or Building Walls in Place
If you have difficulty toenailing, drill pilot holes for the nails, using a 3/32-inch bit. Or, place a 14-1/2-inch board between studs to serve as a temporary nailing brace. Framing at corners. When framing corners, make sure there is a nailing surface for every piece of drywall or paneling that will be installed. This means adding nonstructural nailers.
Tip...When you finish your concrete basement, be sure to use the right kind of lumber for the plates. The sole plate (the bottom 2X4 that sits on the floor) should be treated lumber. That way, it won´t be affected by any moisture that could leech up through the concrete floor. The rest of the wall (the upright 2X4´s and the top plate) are standard lumber.
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Common Framing terms and their Definitions:
Bottom Plate: The lower horizontal member of a wood-frame wall nailed to the bottom of the wall studs and to the floor. The bottom plate sets on the floor or subfloor