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    Thinking about put insulation on one of my basement rooms with extruded polystyrene board (http://owenscorning.com/around/insul.../insulpink.asp)

    It is recommended to hold those sheets by wood furring strips with power driven nails or screws. anybody can recommend some power tools to me for that purpose? thanks,

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    Re: tools for basement insulation

    Try a ramset 22 caliber nailer. You can get different loads depending on how hard the concrete ishttp://www.nextag.com/RAMSET-22-Cali...FBBA93E670F1D6

    shup

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      Re: tools for basement insulation

      Originally posted by lmei007 View Post
      Thinking about put insulation on one of my basement rooms with extruded polystyrene board (http://owenscorning.com/around/insul.../insulpink.asp)

      It is recommended to hold those sheets by wood furring strips with power driven nails or screws. anybody can recommend some power tools to me for that purpose? thanks,
      I usually use a vapor barrier plus R-13 fiberglass insulation between 2x4 stud-framed walls in a basement. Most builders meet the building code in my area with foil-paper fiberglass insulation sheets with only a few power-nailed fasteners just above the frost-line. IMO I would avoid excessive holes in concrete walls to avoid moisture problems. I jammed 14" strips of polystyrene boards between the furring strips in an 150 year-old house remodeling job that had 1x2 furring strips on cinder blocks on the first floor. Drywall or paneling kept the boards from moving or sagging.
      Last edited by reConx; 04-29-2008, 10:32 PM.

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        Re: tools for basement insulation

        I did some online research and I think this is the best/reasonable solution I found: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings...s/db/35017.pdf and http://www.housingzone.com/topics/pr.../pr04ca007.asp

        I am planning follow their suggestion by using extruded polystyrene board from owenscorning. They suggest not using vapor barrier.

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          Re: tools for basement insulation

          Originally posted by lmei007 View Post
          I did some online research and I think this is the best/reasonable solution I found: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings...s/db/35017.pdf and http://www.housingzone.com/topics/pr.../pr04ca007.asp

          I am planning follow their suggestion by using extruded polystyrene board from owenscorning. They suggest not using vapor barrier.
          Interesting articles on moisture control and exterior versus interior insulation. The perimeter french drain I have along with the air space I have between the concrete wall, ceiling and the 2x4 framing with insulation vapor retarding facing towards drywall has allowed the 10 year old wall to remain dry. The only other issue I had with polystyrene was the lower R-value but as with the 150 year-old home space was an issue. Interestingly the articles mentioned about pre-fab walls that my other building has in addition to pre-attached 1x2 furring strips and polystyrene pre-attached (may have been glued on at the factory). With the poly already on I used unfaced insulation and drywalled directly on the strips. That was easy basement to finish. HD sells the 22 cal fastener by remington if you need ez concrete fastening. Good luck with your project.
          Last edited by reConx; 04-30-2008, 01:27 AM.

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            Re: tools for basement insulation

            Originally posted by reconx View Post
            The only other issue I had with polystyrene was the lower R-value but as with the 150 year-old home space was an issue.
            with the extruded polystyrene from owens corning, the R-value is 10 with 2" thickness. You can find it at Homedepot I think it is enough.

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