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Question DetailsAsked on 11/6/2013

Who should be hired to remove basement wood framing?

Our house has wood framing in our unfinished basement (partial, about 600 square feet). Parts of wood framing had some knotty pine panels left, which have been removed before we moved into the house. We assume that lumbers are fastened to the floor with concrete anchors. We are wondering who we should hire to have basement wood framing removed? Handymen, carpenters, or someone else? And how much would it cost to have it removed?

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Assuming this is non-structural studwalls against the actual foundation (make sure of this) concrete anchors would be rare - usually it is just nailed through the bottom plate (bottom horizontal 2x4 the studs come up off of) to the concrete with concrete nails about every 2 feet, and overlapped with and nailed to the overlying floor joists above - a big sledge hammer and sawzall makes quick work of this. The concrete nails will have left popouts in the concrete slab when they were driven, so bear in mind if you want them patched or not.

To hire someone for removal only, if you don't want to do it yourself, a handyman can handle it, as can a demolition firm if you want it hauled away too (no use for firewood or a shed ?) and there is a lot of it - certainly a carpenter but probably overkill.

Make sure they are told up front they are NOT allowed to use a sledgehammer to knock the studs away from the floor joists - that will loosen your subflooring and can split the joists - you can pry it free with a prybar, or cut the nails with a sawzall, but if you are going to be putting up a ceiling I would just cut them off slightly above flush with the bottom of the joist with a sawzall or skil saw and leave the overlap part attached to the floor joist - cheaper and faster.

Assuming all 600 SF of basement has studs, I would say about a full manday's work for an eager xxxx , more likely 2 days including disposal, especially if it has to go up stairs rather than out a basement window or door - so I would estimate about $500-1000 including likely $100-200 dump fees, depending on whether a handyman or a more professional type does the work.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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OK - Angie's List has a funny censor in their website - the XXXX is evidently because it takes out swear words - eager xxxx meant an eager waddling furry animal with long front teeth that gnaws down trees and builds a lodge in the water, in case you were interested.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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