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jscholl411 09-18-2006 03:34 PM

basement floor
I have a townhouse that was built in 01/02. I am in the process of finishing the basement into two rooms, laundry and family. In the laundry I would like to put vinyl tile, and in the family room I would like to place carpet and tile around the bar. What type of vapor barrier if needed would you place down? would you raise the floor. Would you just place a carpet pad down? Just want to get ideas.. Thanks....

Big Dave 09-18-2006 05:57 PM

In my area they just lay the carpet and pad on top of the concrete. Tile is stuck directly to concrete and same with vinyl.

mdshunk 09-18-2006 06:03 PM

You may already have a vapor barrier under the concrete. If so, you don't want to add one on top. A double vapor barrier is a big no-no.

The test for a possible vapor barrier is to duct tape a 2' square (roughly) piece of poly plastic onto the concrete, completely sealing it to the concrete. Leave it for a few days. Peel it up and look for water droplets on the underside. If water droplets, you need a vapor barrier. If none, you don't.

jscholl411 09-19-2006 07:57 AM

Thank you very much. I placed down the test piece of poly last night. I will check it today or tomorrow.....If there is no condesation then dont put a vapor barrier and if there is put one down. Ok thanks for the help......

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