We live in a 1910 victorian house. The basement has never been finished.
The walls of the basement look like they have been repaired a couple of times. The top 3rd of the basement wall is newer bricks, the 2/3rds bottom part is older (original) poured cement. The problem is that certain areas of the bottom 2/3rds of the wall crumble when you touch them. We though about trying to paint them, but they would just crumble if we touch them with a brush. Any Ideas? I was just thinking of putting a frame up in front of it, hoping that it will be fine if we just don't touch it anymore. What should I do for a vapor barrier? I really can't fasten it to a wall, but I maybe could fasten it to the back of the framing before I put it up.