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Old 02-17-2017, 07:41 AM   #1
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Unscrewed/unnailed Bottom Wall Plate


Need to build a temporary partition wall in a basement. The bottom plate can't be screwed or nailed due to there being a laminate floor and needing the option to someday remove the wall without any damage to the floor. I suspect I should use some type of foam strip product underneath the bottom wall plate. And since the wall is temporary, the top plate will be screwed, not nailed. Since the bottom wall plate is not to be attached to the floor, studs will be 12" on center, instead of 16" on center. The studs will be nailed to the bottom wall plate (and of course the top wall plate). Might use a double bottom wall plate. There will also be a standard 36" pre-hung interior door installed. My question is... Could the bottom wall plate float unattached to the laminate floor?
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:03 AM   #2
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If it floats, you're basically making a curtain, not a wall. Glue it. Or make it free-standing with some braces.

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What you want is a pressurized wall, look it up.
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Is this an exterior wall, or an interior load bearing/non load bearing job?
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Putting the studs on 12 inch centers does absolutely nothing to help the wall.
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Masking tape on floor, hot glue on masking tape, wall plate on hot glue. Be careful with faster length to install studs.

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Build it right or walk away from it.
You strap yourself into this and something happens you will regret this for a long time. Seen this crap before and the outcome will bite you.
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Build it right or walk away from it.
You strap yourself into this and something happens you will regret this for a long time. Seen this crap before and the outcome will bite you.
read this post again....
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I feel like the error here is thinking the laminate floor is valuable. Screw right through that crap. Nobody's going to want it in 10 years... if that garbage even makes it that far.
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I get the sneaky feeling this isn't a contractor asking. One post (this one) no info on their profile.

My other guess is a contractor said not to do this as Greg24k did. And now homeowner is now trying to get a bunch of pro's to say otherwise.

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