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jmmattern

08:27AM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 03/18/03
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The back wall of my basement is framed on a half concrete wall with 2 X 6 's. I put some R-19 batts in there last October with no vapor barrier (big mistake) and experienced some condensation/mold. After I clean/seal/treat, I'm thinking of using R-13 Kraft faced. This will leave a small air 'pocket' against the exterior sheathing, helping to avoid getting the insullation wet in the unlikely event of any more moisture problems (at the point of condensation).

Problem is: shouldn't Kraft insullation be covered with drywall or some other wall board? Can I simply cover it with a vapor barrier and leave as is? I have another 2 X 4 wall about 3 inches out from the foundation that covers the whole structure, so technically it is NOT exposed....

Any insight is appreciated.

Piffin

05:22PM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
If properly installed, the kraft face IS a vapour bar but it doesn't hurt to add another over it, but you are far better off with R-19 than with r-13.
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