Basement Renovation

How to Properly Insulate a Basement Wall: NO MOISTURE!





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  1. hey I had a question. You said you were going to staple the typar to the studs. How exactly did you do that because I didnt find it in the video.

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  2. Why not install the barrier while the studs are still on the floor?

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  3. How would you do this if metal studs were used ?

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  4. If you fix studs to a brickwall, how is it possible to make sure you don't screw up the plasterboard on to the same spots where you put the fixings earlier? Thanks again for the reply.. I was supposing by taking measures but looks too long.

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  5. Can I use a thick plastic wrap on the backside instead?

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  6. What would you recommend for window openings since you said there needs to be a gap between the walls? I can't figure out how to "tunnel" that space from the inside wall through to the basement window, at least nothing that would look nice.

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  7. Really enjoy your videos. That being said, wouldn't the moisture you are trying to prevent from comming into contact with the concrete need positive drainage? If the concrete is the wet side (potentially) your Typar overlap is working against you. Am I wrong?

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  8. Place foam insulation board sealed by spray foam in cavity above foundation walls, not fiberglass batts.

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  9. When you put up the barrier You put it up after the fact you had your wall up Dies the barrier have to be stapled yo the wall or can you glue it on the basement wall then put up your wall then insulate it Fo you need a gap between the basement wall and the barrier

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  10. Isn't it better to put some "one by" strapping perpendicular to the studs with the vapor barrier in between and then run your wires and plumbing in it? You can add more insulation between the strapping and then you can put drywall right on the strapping. A little bit more work, but you can be confident with your vapor barrier completeness.

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  11. In my basement, I already have an R12 Rolled up insulation blanket that covers 98% of the wall, only have about 7 inches at the bottom of the wall close to the floor.
    What's the most practical/economical method to add more insulation ?

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  12. I LOVE when you "talk code" … it helps me look up codes in my area and gives me a ruff idea of where it should be. Keep it up brother!

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  13. Thank you! If I'm insulating my basement cold cellar ceiling, do I still need to use the vapour barrier? The kitchen is above the cold cellar, but it's really drafty especially on the floor. It's not an exterior wall.

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  14. I would like to know  why there is a gap between wall and frim?

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  15. Great video! Great job!

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  16. Great video😁 where did you get that blade from?

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  17. If I add the house wrap behind the studs like in this videos. Can I use 2×4 R-15 insulation with paper face? And if I can do I need to use the plastic?

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  18. Can we use duct tape?

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  19. Hi Jeff! Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge and expertise on a wide range of topics! And your humor and directness make it fun to watch these videos.

    I'm working on some diy basement finishing projects in Minnesota. I have a tiny basement bedroom with 2 exterior cement block walls, a small 3/4 bathroom with 1 exterior cement block wall, and a family room with one unfinished exterior cement block wall with the main sewer drain running floor to ceiling about 4 1/8th inches out from the wall. I thought about framing/insulating but don't think I have the space to do so the proper way you showed in this video with leaving a gap. I assume you don't like the idea of furring strips based on your comment replies. Would you recommend just leaving them unfinished/uninsulated? Im leaning toward that in the bedroom bc its already so small. The paint in the bathroom is thick/textured stuff that started cracking along the seams of the cement block soon after we moved in despite having a fan on while showering. Any tips on how to fix that/paint that'll hold up better? For the family room- would you recommend framing around the sewer drain and making an access panel at the base of the wall? And maybe a soffit to hide it at the top? It extends about 11 inches away from the concrete wall at the ceiling. Thank you!!

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  20. Is that Pink Floyd???????

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  21. Great! Concrete or cement block basement walls BUT
    WHAT ABOUT 17 OR 18 CENTURY STONE WALLS???? What do you do? Crumbling achient cement that rodents & spider's have tunneled through. What do you do then? Cause this method surely wouldn't do

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  22. Your videos have been a great help doing some reno work in my basement! I was wondering what your thoughts are on using rigid insulation right against the exterior basement walls? After some water ingress last fall we had to put in a interior drain tile to sump pump (exterior solutions were not possible) and I am now working on re-framing the basement.

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  23. I’m not following. The framed wall is built away from the exterior wall? In other words the studs aren’t touching the poured wall?

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  24. Do you have video where how far base board should goto to wall? Do you need to keep space between wall and frame?

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  25. All your videos have been so helpful. My husband got impatient and couldn’t find a neighbor or assistant so he built one for the roll to sit on with a broom and two clamps! He was able to run the roll around all three sides continuously. You have made home renovations enjoyable!

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  26. I'm confused. In a later video, you recommend using basic fiberglass insulation for sound dampening a basement ceiling. Yet, you said it is useless in this video. Which one is it?

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  27. Thank you sooo much!

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  28. The exterior vapor barrier wasn't shingled to prevent condensation from dripping to the inside of the stud wall. 😥. You have to make sure to shingle top in front of bottom from the perspective of the side where the vapor comes from.

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  29. So can we put the typar directly on the concrete or do we put wood then typar??

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  30. Doing it backwards, im out

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  31. Can you just use insulation with the paper back instead of the paper you used

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  32. What if u have the French drain at the bottom how far out would u build the wall

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  33. I have a good question. I don’t have any moisture issues in my basement. Even through the panel wood type is warped due to the fact of the foundation is leaking on the back side of the wall easy fix not that bad. So do I still need to have a gap between or should I be fine to put it against the wall?

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  34. pink fiberglas – worst thing you could ever use in a basement, absorbs moisture and will never dry, insects love it – and plastic? a sure disaster.

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  35. I followed these instructions but when undid the plastic and pulled the insulaltion back, the house wrap is condensating all around. House is 6 years old. Walls never sweated untill I did this.Only diiference is I did staple to the back of the wall first. Thoughts?

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  36. How would you insulate if you had metal studs instead of wood?

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  37. Great video! When you have an unfinished basement with that white insulated wrap on the walls, do you remove, it to do this type install of walls + insulation or do you incorporate it into your wall construction??

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  38. Is there a reason why you dont have to use the typar all the way to the bottom plate?

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  39. use steel studs in a basement and if your basement is prone to getting wet , they don't rot – do not install dry wall – use Dura Rock and keep it at least one inch off the floor

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  40. What the heck???
    First of all the electrician ran 5 feet too much wire to each box!? Then you have an airspace behind your insulation, for what reason? Use rockwool and put it up against the wall? No vapour hats on the electrical boxes? What's stopping the insulation from falling out between the frost wall and drywall?
    This is the sketchiest job I've ever seen…you have no idea what you are doing! If you worked for me you'd last five minutes then I'd hire a pro, stop and get a job at McDonald's or something else that has nothing to do with people's home's.
    I've been a contractor for over 30 years, and had to fix your nightmare slack work since day one. Mike Holmes has a tv show because of guys like You!

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  41. Not to nitpick, but you put the typar on technically inside out. Typar is made with the exterior (side with the label) designed to drain away moisture. That side should be against the concrete. The inside of typar is "fuzzy" to create breathabiliy. Putting it against the concrete creates a surface for moisture to collect.

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  42. foam the whole thing

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  43. didn't you put typar on wrong side?

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  44. Meh, you should really use closed cell spray foam, like they recommend over at the building science corporation

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