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CooperChloe 02-03-2009 10:56 PM

Drylock on basement walls?
I'm using drylock to prevent moisture problems in my basement, which I've never had. Just trying to be extra careful. Going to put a plastic vapor over the metal furring strips as an extra barrier to the drywall. Anyway. Do I need to worry about the concrete walls that are adjacent to the other room and the garage? Both walls are only 4' tall. If you were to "see through" the walls here, you'd see the dirt under the garage and the other room in the basement. Plus, on the wall which is next to the other room, I have the furnace, water heater, etc., which makes it very hard to paint behind. I"m thinking I can save some money and just paint the walls that don't have another part of the house on top of them. Any thoughts?

yesitsconcrete 02-04-2009 06:33 AM

1st do a moisture test to determine if you have a problem,,, ' drylock ' type mtls rarely work to prevent moisture problems in basements however they'll mask trouble,,, even in mine which the p/o drylok'd - he was ignorant while i'm informed & capable - the problem doesn't bother me !

we do not live in the bsmt, tho - just the office, exercise room, & furnaces.

Scuba_Dave 02-06-2009 09:03 AM

You don't want the plastic if you already have a vapor barrier on the outside of the cement - IE the black tar
You also need a breathing space between the wall & the insulation/studs - about 2" I have been told

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