How to Finish a Basement Wall
By: Danny Lipford
Exposed masonry walls are common in basements, but you can easily tackle any underlying moisture issues and cover them with drywall for a finished look.
• Stiff brush and mild detergent (to remove efflorescence)
• Waterproofing masonry paint
• Pressure-treated 1×4 furring strips
• Foam insulation board (1/2-inch)
• Construction adhesive
• Masonry nails
• Drywall sheets
• Sanding paper
• Patching compound
• Power drill
1. Remove Efflorescence
Before you cover the masonry walls of a basement, it’s important to deal with the possibility of moisture that may seep through them. White efflorescence is a sign that this has happened before, so remove that chalky residue with a stiff brush and mild detergent.
2. Waterproof the Walls
Coat the wall with a waterproofing masonry paint to seal out future moisture. Let dry.
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