03:43PM | 01/08/04
Member Since: 01/03/04
9 lifetime posts
I live northern Minnesota I am going to be finishing the basement in my new house..

I heard from a couple craftsmen that the plastics should go between the cement and studs keeping the studs moisture free...

Other craftsmen says between the drywall and studs..

I don't plan on using treated studs on the walls..

What is correct way?


04:26AM | 01/09/04
Member Since: 12/30/02
46 lifetime posts
berich, I'll answer this question if you will answer mine!
Here's the order of installation;
foundation wall
electrical,plumbing,structured wiring
vapor barrier
I have had a questio posted for you on the electrical forum and was wondering if you could answer it.Thanks.


08:17AM | 01/10/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
He was right about the 'proper' order of things, if this is a moderate or northern climate, but that presumes that there is no water leaking into the house through the foundatiopn wall. The fact that some builders suggest otherwise suggests therre may be some signs of trouble. But there would be better ways to deal with that kind of leakage than a simple ply of plastic. That kind of water iuntrusion will only get worse and will eventually run onto the floor too.

To test, place a few squares of plastic on the conrete walls hither and yonder with duct tape sealing the edges. Leave in olace for a cpouple days and then see if you have water condesed under the plastic, between it and the crete. If so, you need to waterproof the exteriior


08:08AM | 12/14/07
Member Since: 12/13/07
1 lifetime posts
im finishing off my basement and i and im pretty much familliar with relitave humidity and how it works my however im located in upstate ny (not the driest area) i dont have a wet basement but i do get condensation on the walls despite the fact that i sealed the walls with waterproofing masonary paint its a cinderblock foundation originally i planed on putting plastic on the walls directly on the foundation then the studs then r13 and so on but my uncle who has been a fairly sucessful contractor for many years said it will trap water and to just masonary paint the walls then leave atleast a half inch between the walls and the studs for air flow then insulate then vapor barrier and so on so i studed out the walls then another repuitable contractor (that specializes in basements)told me no that the first method was right and then ventilate with dehumidifyer but on this forun i couldnt get a strait answer so im kind of confused on what particular application would be the proper method in this case?




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