I started a job and my wife is looking to string me up if I don't start finishing it soon.
We bought our 50 y/o rancher in PA with a "finished" basement, aka, drop ceiling, paneling on 3 walls (4th is drywall) in the created family room and drywall ceiling and walls in 2 created bedrooms. There's also an unfinished laundry room.
Anywho, one day our tub drain leaked a bit and dripped water on the drop ceiling, and I am not a fan of drop ceiling or paneling, so I decided to rip it all out and put drywall up to match the rest. The issue is when I took the paneling down I found 1" rigid foam behind it. After peeling that away I found a stud wall BEHIND it and rolled insulation between the studs. Now, the foam was taped, but the paneling was nailed through it and it stops at the bottom of the joists, leaving the cavities uninsulated.
- Do I just drywall over the foam (drive drywall screws through the foam to get to the studs)?
- Do I toss the foam and install drywall over just the rolled?
- Do I toss the rolled and install the foam between the studs instead?
- Do I strip all of the insulation out and reinstall the foam over the studs without the rolled behind it?
- Do I remove all and try to wiggle the foam behind the studs (barely more than 1" gap bet concrete wall and stud, so not likely)?
- Do I rip it all out and start fresh (really don't want to do this).
The basement is generally dry, but I have 2 sumps that get work in heavy downpours and a dehumidifier that gets work in the summer. My mom's moving in and I have to get this done before that happens. Thanks in advance.