Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

gibbst1

10:27AM | 01/27/06
Member Since: 01/26/06
1 lifetime posts
Every time I look up ideas or see a show, I'm seeing a different way to finish a basement. Heavy mill plastic, pink foam board, those interlocking kits, special drain systems along my perimeter. Is there a best practice here, or is it up to me to just pick one I like? What have you done, or seen, that has worked or has been a bomb?

Toby

Billhart

04:24AM | 01/28/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
There is a very large range of climates, soil and moisture conditions, foundation wall construction, foundation drainage systems, foundation damp proofinng, etc, etc

And those variable sometimes allow one system to work in areas, but fall badly in others.

From my limited experience I think that the most forgiving system is foam installed TIGHT to the walls and sealed (so that air can't circulate behind it). Then either furing strips applied over the foam (there is one foam with chanels to hold the furring strips) or a wall built infront of the foam.

Then paperless drywall.

www.buildingscience.com and then look under Resources and you will find lots of details on basements and insulation and moisture control.




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