How to build temporary walls

Written by cameron easey
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A temporary wall is typically built and used when renovating a home to keep the ceiling from falling when removing a load bearing wall. You can also use a temporary wall to create a partition between two rooms. The process of building a temporary wall is similar to creating a permanent wall. However, the temporary wall is not secured to the floor. You can construct a temporary wall by first determining where the wall will be located.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • 2 x 4 pieces of lumber
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Stud finder

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  1. 1

    Measure the width and height of the room with a tape measure to determine the dimensions of the temporary wall.

  2. 2

    Transfer the measurements to the 2 x 4 pieces of lumber and make a mark with a pencil where they need to be cut.

  3. 3

    Cut the pieces of 2 x 4 lumber to length with the circular saw. Make sure you are cutting on the mark you made with the pencil.

  4. 4

    Place a single 2 x 4 piece of lumber on the ceiling under the floor joists and secure it with nails using the hammer. This is known as a top plate. Drive nails into the 2 x 4 and into the floor joists.

  5. 5

    Set a second piece of 2 x 4 lumber on the floor directly under the board on the ceiling. This board does not need to be nailed to the floor.

  6. 6

    Secure another piece of 2 x 4 lumber under the piece attached to the ceiling, with a hammer and nails, to act as a second top plate.

  7. 7

    Secure studs every 2 feet to the top plate and floor piece with a hammer and nails. Hammer the nail at an angle into the stud. This process is called toenailing.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a stud finder to find the location of the floor joists on the ceiling.
  • Place drywall on the temporary wall to give it a finished look.
  • Do not install electrical wiring in a temporary wall because it can be a safety hazard.

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