How to Glue Furring Strips to Basement Walls

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When you're finishing a basement, it's common to attach drywall to the bare basement wall structure using wood called furring strips. Applying these strips to the masonry or poured concrete rough wall allows you to secure the drywall in place. The process for attaching furring strips to concrete is rather simple, so long as you are using the proper kind of glue. However, it is important to resolve any moisture issues you may have with your basement walls before attempting to glue furring strips to them. Neglecting to do so can result in problems with the glue adhering to the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood furring strips
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Adhesive glue
  • Furring strips

Measure the length of the basement wall you want to glue furring strips to with a tape measure.

Select wooden furring strips to use on your basement wall. A popular furring strip size is 2 inches wide by 2 inches deep. If possible, choose a furring strip length that is long enough to stretch the height of your wall.

Cut the furring strips to the length of your basement wall using a saw. If the wall is longer than the length of your furring strip, combine multiple furring strips to stretch across the length of the wall.

Choose an adhesive glue that is capable of binding wood to concrete. This will make sure the glue adheres properly to the concrete basement walls and wooden furring strips.

Wipe the wall where you'll place the strips horizontally. Any dust on the wall will reduce the glue's hold.

Apply a steady bead of adhesive along the length of the back side of the wooden furring strip or strips.

Attach the first furring strip or strips to the concrete by pressing them firmly against the wall and allowing the glue to dry for a minute before letting go. Start placing the first furring strip where the basement wall meets the ceiling. When placing the furring strip, align it horizontally so that it stretches across the wall.

Continue to work you way down the wall, attaching furring strips every 2 feet until you reach the bottom of the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow time for the glue on the furring strips to completely dry before attaching anything to them.

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