Plate question for closet built on concrete slabs

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by noname87@hotmail.com, May 12, 2006.

  1. Guest

    I am building a closet in my family room which has a concrete slab
    floor (on ground level) covered with linoleum tiles (think 1960). Do I
    need to use pressure treated 2x4 for the bottom plates? Thanks for any
    ideas.
     
    , May 12, 2006
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  2. Guest

    no
     
    , May 12, 2006
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  3. RicodJour Guest

    wrote:
    > I am building a closet in my family room which has a concrete slab
    > floor (on ground level) covered with linoleum tiles (think 1960). Do I
    > need to use pressure treated 2x4 for the bottom plates? Thanks for any
    > ideas.


    On top of the linoleum tile PT plates are really not necessary. As
    long as there's no history of moisture seeping up through the floor or
    frequent mini-floods from inattention to laundry sink blockage or some
    such. Having said that, would I use PT plates? Probably.

    The major disdvantage nowadays is the ACQ chemicals used in PT lumber.
    It's much more corrosive to standard fasteners and you should use
    either stainless steel, epoxy-coated or galvanized fasteners that
    specifically list their suitability for ACQ contact.

    R
     
    RicodJour, May 12, 2006
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  4. John McGaw Guest

    wrote:
    > I am building a closet in my family room which has a concrete slab
    > floor (on ground level) covered with linoleum tiles (think 1960). Do I
    > need to use pressure treated 2x4 for the bottom plates? Thanks for any
    > ideas.
    >



    Need? No. At least assuming that the slab is dry under all conditions.

    But for the difference in price between untreated and treated it
    certainly shouldn't break the budget if it makes you feel better to use
    treated and down the line somebody may well thank you for your foresight.

    --
    John McGaw
    [Knoxville, TN, USA]
    http://johnmcgaw.com
     
    John McGaw, May 12, 2006
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  5. Guest

    Thanks for the replies.
     
    , May 13, 2006
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  6. Guest

    If it was built in 1960, none of the other bottom plates are PT. I'd
    use regular 2x4's
     
    , May 13, 2006
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