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Insulating basement with 1 5/8" steel studs

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10-14-11, 07:08 AM   #1  
Insulating basement with 1 5/8" steel studs

I am finishing my basement. I have a bi-level and the top half of the walls are already insulated and drywalled. I'm finishing the lower half of the wall using 1 5/8" steel studs. The wall is underground and is cement. What is the best way to insulate the wall before drywalling? I'm in Michigan so it does get cold in the winter. The higher the R factor the better.

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10-14-11, 07:41 AM   #2  
Since your are going 1 5/8" steel I suggest going with rigid Extruded Polystyrene foam panels. (not the white ones) This will give you the highest R-value in the least amount of space.

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