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Dantro 03-30-2013 07:16 AM

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whats steps are necessary before drywall. foam board? vapor barrier? insulation?

basement in south central PA, concrete floor, superior walls.

joecaption 03-30-2013 07:30 AM

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Dantro 03-30-2013 09:22 AM

i've found that i want to go styrofoam not fiberglass. my next question would be , vapor barrier, needed? where?

Windows on Wash 03-30-2013 10:04 AM

Looks like you have XPS against the walls already in this case.

Seal up the rim joist area and spray foam/seal all the gaps.

after that you can insulate with standard batting (Mineral wool is preferable) and drywall.

Be sure to drywall according to ADA.

Happy Easter!

ccarlisle 03-30-2013 10:55 AM

well, as WoW points out, a few minor things and you're good to go! But your next question is a bit more "open" for discussion - the one about vapor barriers.

IMO, and from where you are geographically, there may not be a need for a vapour retarder nor a vapor barrier unless that is if you have a serious humidity problem in that basement of yours. If not, then I'd opt for a mold and mildew-resistant insulation (it looks as though you have 3-4 inches of space between the studs) - such as 'Roxul' - then drywall with mold and mildew-resistant blueboard, then prime and paint with a latex paint.

That should be all you need...

Gary in WA 03-30-2013 06:24 PM

I'd check your paper work on the system, if available. That panel comes in R-5 or R-12.5. (From the "Homeowner guide"; For your location, you need the R-12.5. You need to know which wall you have. You can also just measure the stud depth (concrete stud depth plus the 1" SPF ans steel stud; minus the 1-3/4" concrete facing).,d.cGE&cad=rja

I agree XPS (as their B.G. says= to cover them (liability) against condensation) in the cavities because of your location AND the thermal bridging of the concrete studs (.08 per in.) with open-cell SPF used on them 1" thick (3.6 per in.) at 16"on-center. What is the measurement?


Gary in WA 03-31-2013 07:05 PM

An added thought, you may need special (steel stud) screws for the drywall because of the steel studs and the added 1/2" plywood strips (that won't hold much, because of their thickness and also depending on how securely they were fastened). Air-tight the drywall, as said already;


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