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Old 06-02-2007, 10:52 AM   #16
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My previous career was a carpet installer. We mostly worked in million dollar homes around Chicago IL.

Out of the hundreds of basements we did, NONE of them had a sub-floor, We just nailed the tack-strip to the concrete around the rooms, laid the padding, then installed the carpet.
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but they said this traditional approah has moisture issue as concrete evapulate moisture....

I am interested in knowing how many existing basement owner with carpet on bare concrete feel the result.. absolutely no problem.. or feel uncomfortable due to damp...etc....
I am a firm believer that moisture should be addressed externally. Some type of moisture barrier between a concrete floor and a finished surface, if all moisture is already addressed, would be a waster of money. It could also be viewed as extra insurance.

Anyway, I am also not a fan of adding a subfloor to a basement concrete floor. I see no reason to do it unless you maybe plan in insulating between sleepers. Even that is dubious IMO.

To the points and comments quoted here. I did exactly what Big Mackey has done. I did use a top quality pad that was not absorbent then carpet over it. The pad actually cost more than the carpet! Installed with tack strips nailed to concrete. its actually the best feeling floor in the house! Rest of the house has cheaper pad but better carpet. A good pad can make cheaper carpet last longer (so they say) and feel nicer underfoot.

So, skip the sub floor. Fix moisture issues externally (Search for my previous posts on the subject) and if you must, just add a 6mil poly sheet under your pad to prevent wicking.

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Along the same vein, I have a home with an unfinished basement and crawl space area. The footing walls are either concrete, or in the older part, stone. What is the best way to insullate these walls?

Installing external insullation, while not out of the question, is not too practical now.

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Sorry, handle the WATER outside. Insulation inside between 2x4 studs as atlantic describes.
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I put some cardboard paper box in the cold room concrete floor, after a few months... those cardboard paper felt mositure attached, loose and soft... that is why I kind of believe concrete do evaporate moisture.... I have treated the concrete with subfloor and kind of so far so good... anyway... it is kind of $800 investment for me for a peace of mind...

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