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Old 01-20-2018, 04:43 PM   #1
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Ideas for a temp basement solution


I have this basement and want to put something over the insulation / studs in the walls and ceiling, cheap and fast. Don't care about it being "finished" more just don't want to look at the insulation. Also don't need to cover the cement bottom of the wall. Room will be an art studio.

Was thinking about putting Tyvek (white side to room) over it all. The home inspector said NO, as it would trap moisture. He recommended drywall. I mentioned that Tyvek has the ability to breath, but he said not enough and that drywall can breath. (It's hard for me to believe that drywall would breath much at all after it's taped and painted..but what do I know?)

Another thought is to build out on the studs with a 2 x 2 or 2 x 4 and then put up some sheet metal panels. That would also leave a gap behind for the air to flow. As I'm typing this it occurs to me that I could build out the studs and put tyvek on that, again leaving some room for air to breath.

I want it cheap and also something that doesn't degass, formaldehyde, glues, etc are not my friend.

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Old 01-20-2018, 08:15 PM   #2
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Drywall.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:45 PM   #3
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Better yet, paneling.
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Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is another option.

Where are you located? In a cold climate, you would also need a vapour barrier underneath the wall material.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:18 AM   #5
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Drywall, you do not have to tape, mud, and or finish paint it.

Just hang it and leave it.


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Agree on the drywall. I understand the desire to sometimes do something quick and dirty, but you will find temporary turns into years, and you realize that for 20% more work you could have done something much nicer that you will take pride in.

Drywall, don't do the joints. Use screws; space the screws in the same place on each sheet so it looks nice. See about that vapor barrier question.
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Drywall.
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I agree with drywall, actually look in to the future as how this space could be used, looks like a horse barn now but could be an entertainment area. Look at how much the area could be used for resale value if it is a usable space.
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