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kc5oh 03-31-2008 10:29 AM

Help with drywall to masonry wall
Hi. Currently I have paneling everywhere and it's gotta go. I have block walls with frring strips, no insulation, and paneling. I want to frame up walls with 2x4's and drywall. Here are my questions:

1. Should I paint the blcoks while everything is down with Dryloc. I plan on installing R-13 with the vapro barrier between the studs. Will the Dryloc trap in the moisture? I live in Eastern PA if that helps.

2. Should I attach the studs to the block walls or just to the joists?

Thanks in advance. I'm sure I'll have more questions.

Weekend Warrior DIY 03-31-2008 01:15 PM

I live in Eastern PA as well, ironically enough, my father finished our basement off a few years back with 2 x 4's and drywall. He did paint all the block with dryloc, which I would recommend as a good way to go. I'd say go with the dryloc, vapor barrier and insulation like you talked about and you should be golden. Is your basement subject to any moisture? Does it have a french drain system with a sump pump?

Our basement is dry for the most part but on two occasions we've gotten some water which took a little cleanup to get back to normal. Good luck with your project.

Weekend Warrior DIY 03-31-2008 01:16 PM

About the studs, don't attach them to the block, frame out a wall and attach it to the concrete floor with either masonry nails or carriage bolts and anchors.

kc5oh 03-31-2008 02:14 PM

Thanks for the advice. This isn't for a basement though. It's basically the entire house (first and second floors). I have a crawlspace and no basement.

Weekend Warrior DIY 03-31-2008 02:32 PM

Oh, stupid assumption on my part. I'd still frame it out spaced from the wall a bit so air can get back there and dry out any moisture that may come through. Good luck.

kc5oh 03-31-2008 09:14 PM

Thanks Weekend Warrior.

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