Originally Posted By: rpalac
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Okay Carla…were all coming over for a road trip to see this and put our two cents in …I guess it’s hard to put a finger on it with so many variables and not seeing it.
Gerry, I do need to be corrected on the vapor barrier method in one regard. Yes, That is the standard way that it normally has been done in the past. (referring to your diagram)
I believe that they are up in the air about that now.....It almost depends on the air tightness and type of ventilation going on in the house.
Basement insulating has no real proven method from what I have been reading. I spoke about it in class tonight and the engineers and architects were divided in to about forty different ways to insulate the walls.
Most guys did refer to the polly being on the crete wall and a strong craft paper vapor barrier being in place.....yet others agreed that this is no longer a good method..... who knows.
An interesting question did come up......
The Q that might be some play.
What is the water table like? Is there hydraulic pressure or improper grading? Is water possibly coming up the slab and wicking?
Geeee, I'm reaching here but there are so many possibilities.....
Here are my questions?
Is there a canoe tied to the bottom step of basement stairs? (dead give away)
Have you seen port holes in the walls and do the doors have funny looking spin type locks?
Is there a rope tied from the telephone pole to the house outside?