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Old 08-08-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Mold remediation = replacing a few studs

I just bought my first house. In an effort to rid the bottom floor of my newly purchased bi-level home of mold, I tore out the sheet rock of a few spots where mold was noticibly growing. This led to tearing out alot more drywall than I had planned and the replacing of a few moldy and/or rotted studs as well. The mold is a result of sweaty pipes and a possible leak near the cold water tank. All leaks have been repaired and the moldy and rotted studs are comming out today after work. My question is this how should this be rebuilt? A friend of mine sugested using metal studs instead of wood, I dont have any experience using metal studs so that why I have come here for advice. I was thinking about just using pressure treated wood to rebuild what is being taken down or at least a pressure treated bottom plate and possibly spacing the studs 1/4'' off the cinder block as the old wall was right up against it. This small wall is not load bearing and it actualy forms a small ledge What are your opinions and sugestions. Thanks.under the windows. I was also thinking about sealing the block before I begin any construction of a new wall.

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Old 08-08-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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Mold remediation = replacing a few studs

Getting rid of anything affected is good policy. It looks like some of the studs going up through the wall by the stairway are going to be difficult though. I am surprised that a water issue that started with a sweaty pipe/ leaking tank would extend the length of the wall and around a corner and then climb to a point above the chair rail. Are you certain that the wall itself isn't allowing some water infiltration as the block almost appear to have had some water on them? You definitely need a vapor barrier between any wood and concrete surfaces. Since this area has a high potential for moisture issue, I would go back with mold/moisture restistant drywall. Any wood that can't be feasibly replaced needs to be thoroughly dried, treated with a fungicide and then sealed. Is there a reason why there is insulation in what appears to be an inside partition wall? If the carpet or pad shows any sign of having been wet, you should get rid of it.

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Old 08-08-2011, 08:21 PM   #3
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Mold remediation = replacing a few studs

Above the chair rail was taken down simply to see what was on the other side. I plan to expand the doorway between the two rooms. The insulation between the rooms is there because that second room was an addition. Forgive me for being a newbie but what exactly should I use as a VB betweenthe new studs and the wall, also should something go between the floor and the bottom plate? I do plan to use basement sealer and pressure treated bottom plate.
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