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
1280 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?


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