Framing basement walls
Framing basement walls seems pretty straightforward, slap up some studs and caller ‘er a day. But a poor framing job is a real headache for the drywall guys, trim carpenters and every other sub who works on the project. And inadequately prepped basement walls could ultimately lead to moisture and mold problems. We asked a professional framing carpenter how to build basement walls that are dry, straight, plumb, and strong. (Note: We only address building perimeter walls in this story)
Seal the wall
Start by rolling on a masonry waterproofing product. This step is only to help prevent water that naturally migrates through concrete through a capillary effect. Roll-on waterproofing is in no way a permanent solution to a bulk water infiltration problem. If the walls are damp from condensation, dry them out with a humidifier before using the product. One choice is DRYLOK, which is available for $25 a gallon at home centers and hardware stores.