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Old 12-15-2007, 01:24 PM  
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If a concrete block wall is underground does it need insulation or is the ground sufficent? if not i understand that i shoud use to the styro foam insulation just to control moisture absorbtion can it just be glued to the block wall and then frame and drywall?



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Hello KC:
The concrete blocks need to be insulated to at least 30" underground but I would use the styrofoam on the whole wall to make it even up. Make sure you use a glue that won't disolve the foam. You can even glue the drywall or paneling to the foam if you like; not easy but it can be done. If you feel you must use framing, make sure you use treated wood rated for ground contact.
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...can it just be glued to the block wall and then frame and drywall?
You can attach 2x2 furring strips every 16" on center, then use 1-1/2" foam panels between them. I typically glue and tapcon the furring to the block, makes for a really solid wall. Doing it with furring strips is a lot easier and you don't lose nearly as much useable living space.
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You can attach 2x2 furring strips every 16" on center, then use 1-1/2" foam panels between them. I typically glue and tapcon the furring to the block, makes for a really solid wall. Doing it with furring strips is a lot easier and you don't lose nearly as much useable living space.
That is a really good point. Thanks for the tip.
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You can attach 2x2 furring strips every 16" on center, then use 1-1/2" foam panels between them. I typically glue and tapcon the furring to the block, makes for a really solid wall. Doing it with furring strips is a lot easier and you don't lose nearly as much useable living space.

ToolGuy - Is that all the insulation that is needed (foam)? What about the plastic sheeting (visqueen)? Is that needed? I've heard/read differing ways of doing it, but was just wondering what is the most widely used and perhaps longer lasting. Please dont think of this as thread jacking, I was just trying to expand upon what had already been talked about.
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Toolguy does not come around anymore, but we do have more basement threads which are just as filled with information. Check those out and start a thread with your basement project on it. Folks around here like to see folks doing it themselves and help them out with questions. And the pictures. Use the search button.



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