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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Eastern PA

    Question Finishing basement walls

    We moved into our home last year. The former owner studded out the basement walls, including wired outlets and light switches, and left a 1 1/2 inch space between the 2 x 4's and the walls, which are poured concrete. All that's left to do is insulate and install wallboard. My question is, why the space behind the studs? I assume it's for ventilation to prevent moisture build-up from the concrete walls, but I can't find a method like this on any instructional videos. Is this an acceptable method of construction or did he not know what he was doing? Also, it takes away about 5 1/2 inches around the perimeter of the room.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Default Re: Finishing basement walls

    Howdy the space is so the wood does not come in contact with the concrete so you avoid a moisture transfer an mold issue.. If you can afford it spraying a closed cell insulation would be a great insulation.
    Any an all of my comments are just my opinion and not to be confused with facts.

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