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mgoblue24 01-09-2010 08:28 AM

basement framing
I have a townhouse that I am looking to finish the basement. My home is a middle unit, my cement basement walls are not exterior walls, on the other side of my walls is another units basement. Do I need to water proof and put a vapor barrier up, or can I just frame, insulate and then drywall? I assume I need the vapor barrier but figure I would get others opinoins

Bud Cline 01-09-2010 08:53 AM

Why would you need a vapor barrier on a party-wall? Why would you need a vapor barrier on any of the walls? What do the covenants or the condo association say about it.

mgoblue24 01-23-2010 02:01 PM

Do I need to do anything to my foundation walls prior to framing? Based on the last comment a vapor barrier is not needed, so is there anything I should do to prep my walls. The association does not specify anything.

inspectorD 01-23-2010 02:31 PM

Sure, at the top of the page is a search button. This question has been covered many ,many times. Here is one link, however there are many more that will help you to get more understanding.

Wuzzat? 01-23-2010 02:47 PM

Checking for vapor; tape a clear plastic sheet to the wall and look for moisture on the sheet after a day or so.

If your neighbors' basements are significantly warmer or cooler than the temp. you desire you maybe should insulate.

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