Cinderblock / Discussions

Should I vent the space between a block wall and vapor barrier?

...cinderblock wall won’t help the way you think it will, since there is no where to for the moisture to go . The reason being - if your walls are so wet / humid t...

Posted by Nick Santore Oct. 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should you put insulation on the outside of a cinder block wall in a desert?

...cinderblock home with a 2 foot over hang. I studed my inner wall, I put R13 fiberglass and sheet rock, then on the outside I tared the out side and filled most ...

Posted by Michael Apodaca March 9, 2020, 3:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...cinderblock foundation in my house built in central east Ontario in 1983. In 1999 I finished the basement, with tar paper against the cement wall, then studs an...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...cinderblock foundation walls in the basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fill the block with concrete for strength, in additio...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...cinderblock wall that they have either applied white paint or drylok to, can't tell though. The basement is also a walkout so three sides are exposed to air whi...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...cinderblock foundation, they are not as strong as a poured concrete foundation and they rely only on the mortar between blocks and stones to hold them together,...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

We are looking to finish our basement next spring and one builder suggested using spray foam insulation as he says it's a good choice for insulating and sealin...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

This house is located in SC and is built with 8" block walls. What is the best way to insulate and apply vapor barrier. I have to install studs to the interior...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Can you insulate a concrete block basement walls with only rockwool?

...cinderblock foundation wall for the first time when it has never been insulated can cause cracking as it suddenly experiences freezing. Butr if your basement wa...

Posted by Aarne Valikangas Jan. 1, 2021, 9:22 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...cinderblock foundation and insulate it from the exterior (and the floor) or you could even drop it down on a radiant heated slab on grade and ditch the existing...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...cinderblock foundation that is only held together by the mortar between joints it becomes a bit more risky.

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?

...cinderblock walls, and the poly prevents the wall from drying. As for puddling, that sounds like an awful lot of moisture so my first thought is that it is no...

Posted by Wilhelmina Lange March 11, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses