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Old 11-03-2011, 06:23 PM   #16
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:11 AM   #17
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"The only concern about steel studs seems to be"------ I have six other concerns about basement steel studs....
1. some s.s. are punched with holes/slots in them, including the top track or plate. These would need to be filled for fire-stopping requirements of the wall/joist bay cavities above;

2. add a sill sealer poly under the bottom plate for an air/thermal break for the air-tight drywall approach and the steel acting as a "heat sink" to the cold slab/earth below;

3. keep the studs from touching the colder concrete wall sucking up your heat or cause "ghosting";

4. air seal the drywall/studs against air with caulking/rubber gasket;

5. fiberglass insulation batt will have inherent convective loops with the steel studs due to design;

6. use rigid foam board at the concrete wall or expect convective loops for certain.

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This thread is from a few years ago but I wanted to resurrect it as we have had a flow of water coming in through our windows apparently from a improperly sealed dryer vent above window. Caulking was redone, wall opened up above window...to find standing water, very corroded steel wall studs and rusty moldy pink insulation.

The leaks have now stopped but the rusted metal studs are visibly streaking the paint on the drywall near the wall with the old leaking windows and adjacent wall that didn't have leaking. Looks like a red flag to me.

What is the remedy for this? Replace studs or paint over? Is it bad to leave corroded studs?

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