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Install a Dumbwaiter: Frame the Shaft

Using 2x4s, host Paul Ryan demonstrates how to frame in the dumbwaiter shaft on the upper and lower floors.

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frame dumbwaiter shaft on upper and lower floors
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    $250 - $500

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Step 1: Build Stud Walls

The shaft for the dumbwaiter consists of stud walls. Build two stud walls for the main floor and use the corner of the closet for the other two (Image 1).

Build the walls according to the specs that came with the dumbwaiter. Build the wall with 2x4s and secure it with nails.

The second wall will be framed out with the space for the dumbwaiter door (Image 2).

Step 2: Add Braces

Use a masonry bit to drill pilot holes for the bottom plate since there is ceramic tile on the floor (Image 1).

Add braces between the studs every 36" for additional support on the sidewalls for the guide rails (Image 2).

Step 3: Build a Shaft in the Basement and Finish

After building the shaft on the main floor, build one in the basement.

Add drywall to the interior walls for a nice finished look.

build a shaft in basement and finish