Basement upgrade questions


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Old 12-17-15, 09:26 AM
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Basement upgrade questions

I am refinishing my basement this winter, raised ranch. I currently have an Interior French drain being installed first week in January.

With that being said, what type of insulation should I do? Rigid foam boards adhered to the walls? normal fiberglass batts? What about vapor barrier, I've been told to use it and not to use it? I can tuck the plastic into the french drain if so.

My plans... Paint the entire ceiling black leaving it exposed, polish concrete for floors. Then frame/ insulate/ board the walls. I will eventually put a bathroom down there with an ejector pump but not this year.

I live in New England if that matters.
 
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Old 12-17-15, 09:55 AM
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The link below is a good starting point. All moisture problems need to be addressed from the outside first. An interior French Drain is a last resort and needing one is not a good indication of a basement ready to be finished. Sorry, I hate basements as they never were intended to become dry living space. How many time have you encountered ot heard someone mention "that musty smell" in reference to a basement. That musty smell is not good and extremely difficult to avoid other than right from the start of construction.
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Old 12-17-15, 10:02 AM
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My basement hasn't had a musty smell since I've lived in it and with was partially finished, I thus ripped everything down and will be starting fresh. I don't get water often, the main reason I am installing it is for the raising water table during EXTREME situations. Even with these extreme occasions, I would still only get a little puddle.

I had thought about this for a long time and am spending the money for piece of mind. I will check that article out, thank you!
 
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Old 12-17-15, 10:25 AM
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I answered my own questions, I will foam board the walls that are being drywalled and paint the walls that are bare.
 
 

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