04:17AM | 01/24/01
Member Since: 01/23/01
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I am a new home buyer in New Brunswick Canada, and I am purchasing a new bungalow with an unfinished basement. I had an inspector come in and he noticed that there is only a piece of insulation stuffed between each rim joice. The inspector wants the contractor to put vapor barrier plastic between the the rim joice and insulation in the basement, and seal it tight with a special black caulk that doesn't dry. The inspector said that if you don't do that, the heat and moisture passing through that area will rot the wood, and jack up the heating bills.
The contractor refused, and said that by sealing the rim joice with vapor barrier, the house won't be able to breathe, and the ensuing condensation buildup on the rim joice wood will make it rot.

I have a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. Who is right?

J. Allen Crowl

12:05PM | 01/24/01
Member Since: 12/30/00
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I believe the inspector is mistaken!


02:57AM | 01/25/01
Member Since: 01/23/01
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That is the general impression I've got for other people I've asked. What I don't understand is that when you finish your basement, don't you seal it tight so the moisture doesn't get in or out? Or do you just seal the "interior shell" of the basement, since most people I've talked to set their finished basement walls a couple of inches from the cement walls.
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