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Old 07-12-2007, 09:35 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, but my basement was redone a few years ago and they used this thin board(dont know what its called) instead of sheetrock in places, gives it a cool look(as the board is simulated wood color) however the thin "sheet-board" is bowing from the mosture(got a dehumidfier already, the damage was done before I arrived) not only that but i can see the old same type of board under it, like they were too lazy to take it out first...Anyway, this is what I want to know: Why would someone use this stuff instead of sheetrock, other than its easier to install? Could i be in for a rude awaking if i tear it out and find that there are not enough nailers to do sheetrock or somthing? I'll post a pic when i get a chance of the stuff if it helps...

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if you have moisture problems, no matter what type of material you use, you will have problems....

you need to fix the moisture problems rather than thinking about the walls...

do you have vapour barrier under the wall? do you have a leak... etc...etc.... a normal functioning basement should felt as dry as it is not a basement, humdifier only used to get the water content out on new basement but not to be used as a permanent solution for wet basement....

I hope people redone your basement properly rather than try to make quick bucks by increase the property values... do they have a permit?

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I just bought the house, no idea...
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Normal people will not put new walls on top of old moisture damaged walls , instead, they will open up the old moisture damaged walls to take a look and see if there is a leak ...etc... if this is not the case in your situation... it is very likely a cover up quick fix for sell you are getting into...
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Sounds like they put up wood paneling. Probably paneling not rated for basements. I would take everything down to the studs. Leave it open for a while so you can evaluate it. Does water seep in when it rains? Does moisture condense on the walls? Is the electric adequate?Etc. Address whatever issues you find, then you can redo the walls. Insulate them. Install a vapor barrier and decorate.
They put up wood paneling because they couldn't tape and compound and they didn't want to pay to have it done. That's also why they sell staple up and drop ceilings.
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