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Old 10-19-2011, 01:27 PM   #1
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Basement Wall Finishing Question

I just bought a house that had a finished room in the basement. The walls were wood paneling from ~50's. There was some mold growth just from normal basement dampness. Behind the paneling the wall was framed with 2x2's filled with faced fiberglass insulation and then covered with a plastic vapor barrier and then paneled. I have ripped off all of the paneling, plastic and insulation off of the walls. This setup was just trapping every bit of condensation right in the walls. I would now like to drywall the room and am wondering what is the best way to prepare the wall without re-framing it. Should I just put unfaced batt insulation between the studs and drywall?

I am in Wisconsin where the temperatures range from 105 in the summer and -20 in the winter. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Old 10-20-2011, 09:26 AM   #2
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I had the same thing going on in my basement. I decided to leave the walls bare for the time being. They sweat profusely in the spring when warmer moist air contacts the still very cold masonry. There could also be some moisture coming in from outside for all I know but the condensation is the kicker. Therefore if I ever decide to finish the walls I would do total contact foam over the cement first to exclude any air contact.


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Preparing drywall for painting can be a long, arduous process that most people might leave up to professionals. If not prepared correctly, paint on drywall can appear lumpy, uneven and grainy.
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