Framing Basement Walls – When you work on expansive soil such as clay and other soil growing with moisture content, you need to take special precautions to avoid structural damage to the foundations and walls of the dungeon. One of these precautions is the buoyant wall. Floating walls do not stick at the top and bottom like most walls. Floating walls can move with the house and keep you from cracking on the floor, foundations, and walls as the moisture content in the soil changes.
Framing basement walls float are usually attached to the floor block for the first floor and then soar to the floor allowing space under the wall. This space is covered by edges and is not visible. The floating buoyant wall sticks to the floor. You place the floor in the base plate on the floor and you jump at the top so that the wall is stable but only mounted on the bottom. This is done on a wet wall to keep the pipe stable. The open space is at the top of the wall and is covered by printing.
You can cover the entire wall with sheetrock but you need to be careful to let the top open for movement. This means you cannot install the drywall to the wall up or it will crack when the wall moves with moisture changes in the ground. For an inverted floating wall, follow the basic instructions for floating the wall but instead of hanging the wall from the floor beam, you will stick the floor to the base plate and spike it onto the top plate. That’s the article about Framing Basement Walls.