Finishing interior walls / Discussions

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

...interior walls had been insulated but not on a portion of the basement walls that were not finished on the interior. I have dug down about a foot on the exterio...

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

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...interior walls instead of drywall (new build with plywood exterior sheathing and Tyvek - which will eventually have cedar shingles). What's the best thing to us...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

Where can I get wood planks for a ceiling?

...finishing wood online , or use barn boards, the options are pretty endless. You can even cover ceilings with finishing grade plywood.

Posted by zulie alnahas Aug. 23, 2020, 6:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

What is safer than OSB for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities?

...interior finishing (walls and trim) were done with a formaldehyde-free UV treated non-toxic plywood , so if you are considering it for indoor finishing then tha...

Posted by Ian Smith April 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...finishing my basement and my basement exterior walls are fully framed about 2” away from the concrete. They have mineral wool in between the stud bays but not a...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you re-do the insulation on a old cabin from the outside?

...walls that work properly Since you are going about this backwards, meaning building from the outside, I assume you have finished interior walls you don’t want...

Posted by Raphael Couture Sept. 14, 2020, 8 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...finishing the wall? I don't want water getting behind the wall and I don't want mice or bugs coming in through the gap. There has been flooding here, but if it ...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

The thickness of vapor retarding latex paint - Is measurement wet or dry?

...walls due to it’s construction, you can see more about the wall we build with vapor barrier paint here – Building science of walls in cold climates– video S...

Posted by Kim Boas July 24, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...walls and the floor. It’s hard to give you accurate advice for interior repairs without more details about what insulation and finishing you have, but proper ex...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...walls are already dry and mold free? the exterior of the basement walls has 2” of foam on them so any warmer air from finished basement would permiate through m...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...interior and the fact that it is still wet 15 years later, I would be surprised if they included proper moisture and water management on the outside (a drainage...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...interior. On that point – if drying to the interior is something you read here on our site let me clarify – yes you should let walls dry to the interior, by t...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

What is the best exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...interior temperatures . You will have a choice between foam panels, we would recommend EPS rigid foam instead of XPS as it is cheaper and less environmentally...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...interiors of basement walls, it is the worst thing you can do down there since the main source of moisture is not interior humidity in the air, it's the wet gro...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 30 Responses

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

...walls. What is the best way to insulate and apply vapor barrier. I have to install studs to the interior of the block for seismic resistance and attach the stud...

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

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...interior vapour barrier is always a bad idea in basements. What condition was it in? That will give you an indication of what state the rest of your walls are i...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...walls through the floor to the drain tiles. He claims this prevents mold from forming behind finished walls. Does this work or is it only a path for Radon and g...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...interior basement walls, using eps or Rockwool comfort board then 2 x 4 studs with rockwool bats. I've also seen the part about possible breaking floor for a co...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses