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Old 01-12-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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I've opened up some of my exterior basement walls downstairs in my house as I want to add more insulation and replace wall paneling with drywall. Everything is in good shape, tar paper on the block, 2x2 wall, insulation, vapor barrier, wall panel.

I was told if I want to add R12 or R24 (2x4 or 2x6 batt insulation) to remove the paneling and frame right in front of the existing 2x2, starting with fastening a bottom plate. Any tips? Anyone suggest to rip it all out and start over? It would be a shame to waste all that good 2x2 and tar paper.

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I've opened up some of my exterior basement walls Everything is in good shape, tar paper on the block, 2x2 wall, insulation, vapor barrier, wall panel.
how well are those walls built?
will they take being broken loose from whatever has them pinned to the floor and joists?

If not, then the answer may be to just pull them out rough and hope you can reuse some after you tear out the tar paper, set the rigid insulation and then reframe the walls.

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Any tips? Anyone suggest to rip it all out and start over?
It would be a shame to waste all that good 2x2 and tar paper.
c'est la vie.

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Only reason I can think of to NOT just add 2x4s in front of the 2x2s is that if things don't line up right the insulation won't fit. But it IS insulation...not concrete .....so it'll be ok.

I would tapcon into the concrete and nail up into the joists. No real reason to attach the 2x4s to the 2x2s.
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Do a search on this forum for basement insulation, been discussed a lot.
Usually you want styrofaom against the wall then fiberglass if you want. No vapor barrier.
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