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Vapor barrier in basement

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02-19-04, 11:33 AM   #1  
Vapor barrier in basement

I'm finishing a basement (in a recently purchased house) that will be unheated during the winter most of the time. I am also installing a gas or wood stove to heat it on occasion. I am in NY so the winters are cold and the basement temperature may drop to 50 degrees. In the summer, there will be a great deal of humidity. The basement is half below grade.
The question I have is this: the ceiling in the basement is currently insulated but the vapor barrier is facing down to the unheated basement. Should I leave it that way since I may occasionally heat it? Perhaps I should just slash the foil? Or should I turn it around to face the heated living area above?

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02-19-04, 12:19 PM   #2  
The paper side or the V/B side should be to the room above for sure. If it feels damp put new in for sure. Id insulate the walls and not the ceiling here ED

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