basement wall framing

By Todd Fratzel on

Picture of basement wall framing with blue board polystyrene insulation behind the wall framing.

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Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. Anthony says:

    Todd, great website by the way, question in regards to framing a basement wall. Do you suggest nailing the bottom plate through the concrete slab? My concern is the cracking and possible moisture seeping through all those little holes and possible cracks. Are there any other alternative ways to frame in the basement than to drive nails thru the concrete?


    • Todd Fratzel says:

      In some situations we do not nail them as the slab contains radiant tubing. Typically we glue and use a few nails to hold that in place. ONce the adhesive dries the plate seldom will move.

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