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mrbrewcrew
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Post Interior vs Exterior Floating Walls
on: November 22, 2015, 20:57
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Hello Tony -

Thanks for creating a great information resource for home DIYers. I am in the midst of framing a room in my basement. I live in Denver, and have heard on a couple of occasions that floating walls are code around these parts. So, my home was built in the 1960s, and to my knowledge the basement was finished at that time (with a few different interior walls here and there - non load bearing). None of the walls in the basement (exterior or interior) appear to be floating. There are also steel support pylons in a few different places around the basement (nothing appears to have moved or shifted...ever).

I am favor of doing things correctly and per code, but in this particular application I am attaching a few built-ins to said interior basement wall and it will make it decidedly more complex to make the whole structure float. The house is completely solid and has not experienced any heaving issues since it was built. I have a feeling the answer is to "float" the wall....always float the wall. But since the house has not had any issues...should I really be concerned? Thanks.

Tony
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Post Re: Interior vs Exterior Floating Walls
on: November 23, 2015, 09:27
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Hey BrewCrew,

Thanks for the question and I'm glad the site has been helpful for you! You're really correct in all your assumptions here. In this particular project I wouldn't be concerned at all with taking your approach. After all this time there's a very low chance you'll see heaving and you're more than likely safe at this point.

When I was finishing my basement I even spoke with a few inspectors who said we were probably safe with our home (built in 2005) and would have experienced heaving already if it was a problem in our area.

So of course the correct course of action is to float everything, and I would still recommend it, but honestly I wouldn't be too concerned to build it non-floating. Hopefully that helps and best of luck with your project! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Tony

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mrbrewcrew
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Post Re: Interior vs Exterior Floating Walls
on: November 24, 2015, 21:50
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Tony,

Many thanks for the quick response. I spoke with a neighbor of mine who finished his basement a few years back, sans floating walls, and he has not experienced any issues. I appreciate the information - it definitely helps with the process moving forward. I will likely be referencing your site for future queries on my basement-finishing foray.

Tony
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Post Re: Interior vs Exterior Floating Walls
on: January 31, 2016, 09:15
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You got it, and best of luck!! Always write back with any other questions and please post some pictures of your finished product as well!

Tony

Founder and Owner of In Form Creations
Company: Longmont Web Design | Behance Portfolio | Blog
Personal: Linkedin | Twitter

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