Old 01-24-01, 05:27 PM
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My son is finishing off the basement of his 70 year old home. He just bought it. the foundation is made of red clay blocks. He plans on putting a waterproof paint on the walls over these red clay blocks. do the studding, then put in insulation, he doesn't know weather to use wood studs, or steel, then sheet rock. Is this the correct order, does he need any type of plastic vapor barrier.? . Some say use steel studs, in case of water damage and termites. This will be his first project ever, so any help you can give him would be greatly appreciated. that's
Old 01-24-01, 06:52 PM
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I love steel studs for a basement

I've done two basements with them and will use them again.
Others prefer wood studs because they are comfortable with them.

My thoughts on a sealer like dry-lock is that you don't need it. They are temporary at best. The only long term moisture solution is done on the outside.
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You used the term, "waterproof paint." There is no such thing. If you have water penetration problems (walls or floor), you must solve those before you do anything. This will probably involve a contractor who specializes in this kind of work.

Both wood and steel studs will work fine. Use whichever you're most comfortable with. If you're willing to take the time to learn how to use the steel studs, you'll probably like it. But if you're comfortable with wood, it'll be fine. Install pressure-treated wood for the sole plate.

You left out a bunch of steps. Here's my suggested order:

Make a plan
Solve moisture problems if any.
Test for radon and solve if present.
Apply for building permit.
Reroute utilities in your way (ducts, pipe).
Do any plumbing changes that require tearing up the slab.
Install egress window(s), if required.
Build stud walls around perimeter and interior.
Add heating ducts as required.
Rough-in drain/waste/vent plumbing.
Rough-in supply plumbing.
Frame soffits around remaining pipes, ducts and beams.
Do the electrical rough-in (boxes and cables).
Inspections (framing and all rough-ins).
Insulate exterior walls.
Install vapor barrier over insulation.
Do any soundproofing you might want.
Hang and finish drywall.
Electrical trim-out.
Install suspended ceiling (if you didn't drywall it).
Paint and hang doors.
Paint and install door and baseboard trim.
Finish bathroom.
Install carpet.
Final inspection.

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