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I am a new home owner (3 year old home, was new construction) and I would like to turn my mechanical room into a small home gym. I have the concrete basement slab that I am planning to paint over, but I am not sure what is the best and safest way to handle the exposed insulation?

I was planning on covering the insulation with plastic from what I read and then as a next step was going to put up drywall. Is this a recommended approach?

Hope you can help!

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The installation is interior, part of the mechanical room. We have a partly finished basement, so I assume the insulation is for the other side of the wall that is finished. Let me know if you need another picture.
 

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The installation is interior, part of the mechanical room. We have a partly finished basement, so I assume the insulation is for the other side of the wall that is finished. Let me know if you need another picture.
There is always a discussion about vapour barrier for exterior walls but for interior wall it is never needed, it is for sound suppression.

So yes you can drywall over that, but you could do a little work on the insulation. Fit is everything if you want full benefit out of money spent.

It should fit everywhere no gaps. The electrical shouldrun thru the insulation, the usual method it to split the insulation and slip it down so half is behind the cable and half is in front of it. You don't want the cable against the back of the drywall.



Will you be looking to hide the beam too?

Measure from the edge of the beam back to the wood above and below the beam.
 

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Thanks for the advice Neal, it is definitely helpful. I too was a bit concerned about the wire when I saw it. I'm not yet what I am planning to do with the beam.

My first step this week will be to paint the concrete slab in the same area (not shown in the pic) and will probably expoxy the floor to help reduce the amount of dust in that area.

Will send pics of the progress and please do keep the suggestions coming.
 
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