03:20PM | 02/20/06
Member Since: 06/11/05
3 lifetime posts
I am remodeling the basement of our 1 1/2 year old home located in Central PA. The walls are poured and there has been no signs of moisture or water. The outside of the foundation was coated with black tar. I have been told to paint the interior walls with Dryloc before framing the walls. Is this necessary? I realize it will not actually stop leaks,but does it help with condensation? What about the bottom plate of the walls? Are regular 2x4s ok or would an aluminum bottom plate be better? (In case there ever is water). Any vapor barrier info would be appreciated too. Thanks in advance.


11:21PM | 02/20/06
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts


poured walls....

they coated outside with black tar,ok, but this does NOT mean the walls were 'Waterproofed'...they may have 'damproofed'....there is a difference!

....Read first couple paragraphs ok? And then the 5th para "To permanently stop water & water vapor from entering your foundation walls, you need to Waterproof them. Damprrofing is an inexpensive way to meet the lowest minimum standard of the building code"....."Don`t CONFUSE waterproofing with damproofing, not for a moment"

Also, the Backfilling process is Very important, see 6th,7th para`s

Winston, look REAL close at your poured walls, if there are 'rod holes' they will usually be about knee high AND shoulder high from the bsmt floor. You `n others want to make certain EACH rod hole is totally packed/sealed 'Before' doing remodeling!

IMO, no way any paint will help with excessive humidity/condensation or water entering etc. One will need to either correctly stop any water intrusion or deal directly with excessive humidity, Paint doesn`t do either. yeah, some claim this `n that...if it makes you/others feel better then paint away.

Also imo, do Not put plastic up against basement walls. This can cause condensation `n mold....check those rod holes!

Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon