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Old 01-09-2014, 03:25 AM   #1
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How do i finish this?


The previous owners to my house had started finishing a closet to a room in the basement. How would I finish the back wall that is concrete? I don't want to leave it like that nor do I want to lose inches by putting up a stud wall.
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Where are you located. Might make a difference in vapor barrier requirements. Also, is that wall under, or above, ground level.

How deep it the closet? If you can't live with a stud wall and proper insulation, it's probably too shallow to begin with. I don't know what the "standard" is; the finished depth of mine is 24 inches.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:06 AM   #3
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If a vapor barrier and a wall built like it's suppose to be you can plan on anything stored in there to mold up.
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Where are you located. Might make a difference in vapor barrier requirements. Also, is that wall under, or above, ground level. How deep it the closet? If you can't live with a stud wall and proper insulation, it's probably too shallow to begin with. I don't know what the "standard" is; the finished depth of mine is 24 inches.
Southern Maine. Below grade. I just purchased the house and would like to finish what wasn't completed.
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If a vapor barrier and a wall built like it's suppose to be you can plan on anything stored in there to mold up.
To get this right, if I don't put a wall up I'll have mold in the closet?
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Southern Maine. Below grade. I just purchased the house and would like to finish what wasn't completed.
Gotcha. Used to live in Wiscassett years ago. Definitely quite a moisture problem in that area.
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Warmer moist air hits colder moist wall, poor air circulation, condensates the moisture out of the air, mold forms.
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Not the cheapest fix, but you could have that section of the wall spray-foamed.
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Install furring strips, vapor barrier over them and then add in cedar planking. Makes a nice look, and keeps,out the moths

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Nothing Unpressure treated should be in direct contact with concrete.
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