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Refinishing my basement....my basement is paneled and has 1x2 behind it. It is not insulated.Do I take it all down or should I put up 2x4'sandinsulateand refinish?

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  • Richard Crate Mar 19, 2011

    Hello. Without knowing what climate you live in, I cannot say what should or should not be done. However, considering a few more details may help clarify. 1) What is your climate? Living in a warm climate may have less need for insulation compared to my winters that can get to ?30°C or colder at times. 2) The ability to properly vapour barrier your basement with a complete re-do will assist in dampness control. 3) Your walls will be sturdier/stronger and hold up over time better with 2x4?s rather then just strapping. 4) 2x4 construction will allow for electrical to be done in accordance with local building codes. And 5) proper installation of a 2x4 wall will prolong the life of the materials used, which in turn will show your basement better.

    I realize this does not provide you with a clear cut ?do or don?t? answer, but consideration of these points will greatly assist you in defining your options.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Richard

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Take the paneling down to inspect condition of wall behind it.
This will reveal termites, or wiring problems, or cracks and leaks that might need attention.

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