I have a walkout basement in a split level ranch. I am re-doing a bedroom that is downstairs. One of the bedroom walls is a half concrete wall as it is about 2 ft below grade ( the wall is about 40 inches or so).I want to insulate this wall using XPS and apply furring strips over that and than drywall. It was previously finished with furring strips and drywall with no insulation.
I stripped it to the bare wall and realized that the baseboard heater (hydronic) that is on this wall is mounted right to the concrete wall. They had just cut the drywall around it!
Im sorry for not posting any pics, I will try to tomorrow. There is no power at the house yet but should be on in the morning and it got to dark to take any good pics.
I would assume I should just move the heater out and attach it to the finished wall after but it looks like the plumbing for this heater comes right out of the floor!
Right at the base of the wall maybe about an inch away from the wall. It is a concrete floor.
How bad would it be to just do what they did and build around it? I would hate to do this because I couldnt get any xps behind it. I realize I am just heating the wall and the dirt behind it so this is obviously not the best way to go.
Other than building around it, the only other thing would be to have the plumbing moved, but this seems like a big expense and a big job..
Any other options??