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
- 2 x 4 pieces of lumber
- Circular saw
- Stud finder
Measure the width and height of the room with a tape measure to determine the dimensions of the temporary wall.
Transfer the measurements to the 2 x 4 pieces of lumber and make a mark with a pencil where they need to be cut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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