I plan on finishing my basement and I have a specific question about framing the walls and protecting the soleplate.
I plan on framing and setting up the walls BEFORE laying the subfloor, but that means I need to protect the soleplate from moisture. I plan on sealing the entire basement (thankfully it's fairly new and there are no cracks in the floor), but when I anchor the soleplate to the floor, it will obviously break this seal and potentially allow moisture to seep up around the fastener.
Should I do any of the following?
- Put caulk/glue under the soleplate where I know I'll be anchoring it
- Use washers or some other inorganic spacer to elevate the soleplate off of the concrete
- Use a pressure treated soleplate
I would rather not lay dricore first and then frame on top of it as that makes the dricore much harder to remove if there is ever a flooding issue. I'd also prefer the walls to be more stable than if they were anchored to dricore subflooring.