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Old 07-22-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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I'd like to hear everyone opinion on framing options for a finished basement. PT wood, bluwood or metal studs??
My application will be for a 75% below grade, concrete block wall, 1956 cape in nj. I plan to use metal studs. Currently I have a minor seepage issue I am trying to address prior to framing. Hopefully I will be succesful, however even the dryest basements will have moisture due to condensation.

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Even though steel studs are galvanized, they are not corrosion proof. Wherever there is a screw connection or a rivet, the hole exposes the ungalvanized area that never dries out, so rust is a concern. Many designers are very concerned when specifying for areas with potential moisture or with condensation on the stud surfaces.

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Got to get that moisture issue under control first.
90% of the work needs to be done outside not inside to prevent the water from coming in.
Once that fixed a pressure treated bottom plate and regular studs will be fine.
Do not install any untreated wood in direct contact with the concrete.
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In your case, 'Bluwood' hands-down...only trouble is: availability.

Even though Mike Holmes used it in New Orleans, I am still not sure you guys can buy it.
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In your case, 'Bluwood' hands-down...only trouble is: availability.

Even though Mike Holmes used it in New Orleans, I am still not sure you guys can buy it.

be careful with that stuff, I've been around people who got sick from it including myself...
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be careful with that stuff, I've been around people who got sick from it including myself...
Thanks. Ive actually never seen bluwood sold anywhere here in NJ.

Im still undecided whether to use PT studs or metal for the basement framing
Pros/Cons;

Metal will eventually corrode but will never feed mold. (even with my water issue resolved, there will always be some moisture due to condensation)

PT Suds will eventually break down and be vulnerable to mold growth

Eventually is the big unknown?????
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PT wood will twist and warp as it dries, not a good surface for drywall. Also the chemical preservative will eat up the screws or nails used to hang the drywall. Do not use it.
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SS or wood studs are fine if the foamboard on concrete walls is thick enough to prevent cavity condensation. Pt studs not required, #7 , pt plate if using Thermax foam strips under it for thermal/air/capillary break- #3; http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...9_3_sec017.htm

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PS- wouldn't hurt to seal screw fasteners of SS, as Dick said.
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On the outside walls I would use wood (not PT). Being in NJ conductive heat loss through metal studs during the cold months must be considered. everywhere else I would use metal....for all the already know reasons....weight, versatility, dimensionally correct.
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I have never seen basement studs rotted away. If you have a moisture issue, it wont matter what studs you use. Treated bottom plate, spf studs. The studs should not have contact with the block walls anyway. Water would need to rise up 1 1/2 inches to ever contact the studs.
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teh bottom plate will soak up water and then up into the studs.. end grain will soak up water quicker. no matter what though make sure your using sil gasket under the plate

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