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Old 12-19-2004, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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building a semi-temporary wall

i'm moving into a house 3 bedroom house this month, 4 guys will be living there, well 4 of them already live there, one is moving out, i'm moving in. the guy that is moving out shares a room with one of the other guys. i dont want to share a room, so we want to convert this useless den type area into a makeshift bedroom.
we want to try to avoid it looking like shit.
it doesnt need to be perfect cause it only needs to last 6 months.
it doesnt need to be perfect cause we are all 20 and 21.
it needs to be cheap cause of above reason.
faster is better cause winter break isnt long enoug.
it needs to be able to be taken out with minimal impact to the house (a couple easily patchable holes)
the wall will be 13'x9' and have a door in it.

we were thinking of building a frame of 2x2s, about 24" on center, then drywall it on both sides, then a simple L bracket at the top and bottom of each side to keep it from falling over. the door will either be a thick curtain, or a cheap door. as far as actualy building this, i was thinking build the frame in two (6.5'x9') sections in the room then stand them up, screw them together and sheetrock them.

any ideas, advice, free material, ect would be great.
btw, this is in San Luis Obispo, Ca
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Old 12-19-2004, 10:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i would attach it to the floor and ceiling at least. if you have carpet, the holes in the floor will be pretty much invisible. unless you really care about looks, i would only bother putting sheetrock on one side.

look through the phonebook for a place that sells used building materials. theres a place around here that sells used interior doors for $5 each.
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Old 12-20-2004, 12:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Skip the L brakets, just frame out the wall with 2x4's, screw the board on the ceiling into existing studs. Framing out the door will be the hardest part. I'm not sure if you have much experience with sheetrock, but its easy to work with and very cheep. The lumber will be the most expensive item. A door will be expensive unless you find a cheep one, which you probobly can do. (take napoleon's advice). Just plaster and paint that wall. Take some sort of the paint sample from the house and have it color matched, then paint the wall and door all in this color. Instead of removing it when you move out, just make it look decent and if the renter asks be like, "what? that wall was here budy, walls just dont build themselves!"
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Old 12-20-2004, 01:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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if you definitely don't want it to be permenant, I'd say just buy a few bookshelves or 'armoirs' and use them for the wall, leaving an opening for a door of course. Then just drape a bed sheet for a make-shift door.

Doesn't give the same privacy, but still gives the feel of a room. Plus it creates shelves for clothes and storage and what not which you'd need anyways. Finally, when you are done with it, you can turn around and sell the shelves, unlike the wall which you'd have to scrap

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Old 12-20-2004, 08:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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"what? that wall was here budy, walls just dont build themselves!"
lol, thats what i was thinking, build it nice enough so it looks like part of the house.

glad to hear drywall is easy to work with and cheap.

so being that the hard part will be framing the door, any tips.

also, the existing door in the pic is the front door to the house, so without a wall it would be way too noisy there to sleep, i did it saturday night, i hit the sac at 1:30 those fawkers came home dragging a keg and a loud fat chick at 5:00 AM
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if you definitely don't want it to be permenant, I'd say just buy a few bookshelves...
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What I would do. Drywall is going to be a pain in the arse for a 6mo wall.
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Old 12-20-2004, 08:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You already said sheet rock so thats a wash. 2x4 stamped steel studs are going to be about the same as a 2x2. Just find the studs and joists and screw it in. Dab of mud when you leave to hide the holes.
The raised panel hollow core doors with frame are like $55 at HD. Probably get the plain door for under 50.
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I would use paneling, just because finishing drywall sucks.

If noise is a big issue go ahead and insulate it and put plastic sheeting under the paneling.

as far as isolating it from the rest of the house... is there a HVAC vent in your proposed room???
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Old 12-20-2004, 09:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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ya, there is HVAC in the room.
what do you mean by panneling?
i need to go to home depot at look at some shit
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build the wall out of 2x4 studs and cover it with wood paneling (4'x8' sheets with differen't patterns) go to Home Depot and look around.
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