I am (slowly) starting to put together a basement shop. The basement
is completely unfinished and the shop is going to be a long project.
I am curious as to what others with basement shops do with their
walls. I could leave the walls as unfinished concrete (possibly
painted), which is certainly the least expensive solution. I could
put up drywall, unfinished pine, some combination, etc.
Any comments would be appreciated.
On Mon, 31 May 2004 20:36:16 -0700, fixhouse wrote:
Be extremely careful with drywall and insulation on outside walls if you
have any potential whatsoever for moisture (i.e. if you live in any
climate wetter than Death Valley). My old house had a finished room in the
basement where the insulation and drywall were completely suffused with
mold. We called it the "mold room" and never went in there except at dire
-Chip Olson. | ceo2 at thsi dot org | remove the 2 to reply
Paint the walls with Drylok or something similar
(unless you truly have a water problem and more stringent measures are
needed). Cuts the dampness.
On 31 May 2004 20:36:16 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (fixhouse) wrote:
Yep, concur with that recommendation, and add some advice about using Drylok:
a) If using the oil-based variety, make sure to ventilate _thoroughly_. The
fumes are potent. This is IMO best done on a Saturday morning; paint the
walls, then go out of town for the weekend.
b) Whether using the oil-based or water-based variety, don't buy it until the
day you're going to use it, and make sure to have the paint store put it on
the shaker for a long time. The stuff is a cast-iron bitch to stir.
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