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Old 02-24-2009, 05:25 PM   #16
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Code does not prohibit the use of this, but good sense would. Pull a piece off and see how bad the mold as accumulated behind it. And materials that mold can feed on are a poor choice for a basement wall. And this wood looks to be in direct contact with the concrete floor, which is also wrong. Be sure to check the electrical boxes as mentioned. They must have 0 inch recess (flush) whereas drywall allows up to 1/4" recess.

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Code does not prohibit the use of this, but good sense would. Pull a piece off and see how bad the mold as accumulated behind it. And materials that mold can feed on are a poor choice for a basement wall. And this wood looks to be in direct contact with the concrete floor, which is also wrong. Be sure to check the electrical boxes as mentioned. They must have 0 inch recess (flush) whereas drywall allows up to 1/4" recess.
I don't have any reason to believe there is any water damage behind the wall, we couldn't see any signs of mold or any musty smell in the basement. I will be removing it at some point to add additional outlets and probably conduit for network, telephone and coax jacks to run back to a wiring closet. Working on this in the basement all depends on how much other sheetrock work I need/want to do at the same time. I have plans to remove a wall in the kitchen upstairs and part of another wall as well.
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I suspect its possible they had planned on wood paneling, but looking at the fact that there are shelves hung on the wall in this area and the drop ceiling is also installed over the OSB I suspect they fully intended to keep it like this.
Things change -- maybe they had initially planned on putting up paneling and then life got in the way. I've had all sorts of temporary measures that I've ended up living with for years.

One contractor I talked to about a kitchen addition told us that their standard procedure for kitchens is to put up OSB and then put sheetrock over it. Makes it easier to hang the cabinets. I've never met anyone else who did it that way, but maybe he's who built it .

Also, if you leave the OSB under the sheetrock it will help with noise.
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Remove the OSB....then sell it to one of the garage guys.....they love using that stuff on the walls......they have some much stuff on the walls that you can't see the uuuggllly stuff anyway....

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