Normally I can figure out what to do when I am attempting some new DIY project around the house, but this time I stumped. If you name it I've done it and used it as an excuse to build-up my tool collection.
The boss and I just bought a new house and on the first floor there is a "room" that we aren't using. With the arrival of our second kid this christmas I need to move the man cave so he can have his own room in a month or so.
Here's the problem. I need to build a single wall to close off the front "room" and create a den/man cave. The new wall will be on the slab and cross the joists like a load bearing wall would. I am finding conflicting info about how to build the wall. Do I need a pressure treated 2x4 footer? Do I need to double up the header and footer like one normally would for a load bearing wall, even though the house is built in such a way that there is no need for the new wall to bear a load? I have tried looking up my local building codes, but so far that has not rendered anything helpful.
One last question, what is the best option for attaching the wall to the concrete slab? The house was built six years ago and besides being cool to the touch most of the year, it never feels or smells damp.