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Basement Walls:Steel vs. Wood Studs..How to Insulate

Posted by GeneF on May 28th, 2000 12:27 AM

I'm about to start finishing my basement walls. I've
painted them with 3 coats of waterproofer. I have a floating basement
(french drain) type of thing where the wall and floor meet.
I don't get water but some moisture in the summer. Live in NJ.

I'm deciding on whether to use steel studs or wood. Also,
I don't want to use fiberglas insulation. I'd like to use
styrofoam. I feel more comfortable if it ever gets wet.
Where do I install the styrofoam? Do I glue it to the concrete
block behind the stud wall? Do I suspend it between the studs? And how far from the
wall do I install the studs?

Everything I've read talks about putting furring strips
directly on the walls and the same with the foam. This
just feels wrong to me. I want an independent wall with
insulation. Any help?


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