Author's Note: What's the best way to add an interior wall to an existing structure?

I've done a fair bit of building to fix up my own home, including putting up interior walls. Working with an older house always presents challenges. Nothing is exactly square and you don't know what kind of surprises lurk behind the walls.

One method that has often saved my bacon is to use a cordless drill driver and screws for framing instead of a hammer and nails. Self-starting screws are easy to put in place and hold tightly. Best of all, you can easily remove them if you make a mistake. And guess what -- all do-it-yourselfers make mistakes. An added bonus: The method doesn't put the same stress on your elbow as swinging a hammer.

Related ArticlesSources
  • Gibson, Scott. "How to Frame a Partition Wall," This Old House Magazine. (May 4, 2012),,217320,00.html
  • Holmes, Donald. Personal interview, May 2, 2012.
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  • "How to Soundproof a Wall." (May 4, 2012)