Covering basement wall insulation?


Old 10-28-08, 10:08 AM
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Question Covering basement wall insulation?

Part of our basement is unfinished but we are not ready to build it out with drywall etc. I want to cover the insulation to avoid my two small children from touching it and to hopefully, if any benefit, improve energy effeciency.
The fibergrass insulation has the paper and the black vapor layer towards the outside wall. I understand this to be correct since we are in the south and the paper should be against the outside wall.
My question is this.. Is it safe or right to cover this insulation with a think plastic using a staple gun and taping the edges? Or will the plastic be counter productive and/or actually harm the insulation with mold potential. The basement is very dry but as mentioned, just hoping to clean it up, cover the insulaton and if possible get some energy conservation.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-28-08, 10:53 AM
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You have one VB the 2nd will cause the insulation to sweat.

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