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  1. #1
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    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.

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    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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