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Old 06-15-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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So my basement has that white plastic covered insulation anchored into the concrete walls. My question is, should I remove all of that and glue foam boards to the walls and then build my stud walls or just leave what I have and build my walls? I live in the Colorado Springs area. Thanks.

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You should worry about your home not burning down first.

Prayers to all those folks in C-Springs dealing with that terrible wildfire.

I went to school out there and I love that town.

After that, foam board is far, far superior to PSK insulation.

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Yeah there are so many families displaced at this time. We were fortunate that the wind blew the fire away from us. Thanks for the info on the PSK. Now I know what to call it.

Would you suggest that I remove all of the PSK and install foam board against the walls? And what might be the best/cheapest options in regards to foam board for my area?
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Glad you are okay.

Yes.

Read up on sealing up the band/ribbon board areas as well.

Look for XPS foam and shop it.
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What Zone (below the map- per State) are you in determines foam thickness. 4, 5, 6, or 7?; http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic..._11_par002.htm

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I'm going to go with 5B. I'm pretty new to Colorado Springs and Colo Springs isn't on that list. It's either a 5 or 6 and winters are pretty mild in the springs so I hear so I'm going with 5.
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Is that your final answer....lol. Use 1"XPS, unfaced (with R-13 cavity fill). Do a "search" at the top-of-page white box for "basement insulation", or just click on my name and scan my answers under "find my posts"...

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