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milkweed
slat wall, moisture build up
milkweed

I have an interior, non-load bearing partition wall that a former owner
erected across part of the basement. I would like to install some sort
of paneling such as a perforated hardboard or slat wall system.

In the three years I have been in the house I have not discovered any
moisture problems in the basement, but there are/were partial paint
cans for some concrete water sealant that appears to have been painted
on the walls and floors in the portion of the basement that the previous
owners did finish.

It is my understanding that even in a relatively dry basement the
concrete still has moisture. Please correct me if I am wrong...
So when I looked at the installation guide for one of the slat wall
products I found this warning:

"NOTE: Before installing *** panels to basement walls, you
must waterproof the basement to avoid mildew and foundation
damage. Walls that appear dry may actually become damp when
enclosed by paneling."

This warning makes me feel negative toward installing slat wall system, even though I
like its appearance better than a perforated hardboard. The previous owners
did not get around to putting up any paneling or drywall on the partition
wall... it is just 2x4s on bare concrete. I don't see myself getting around
to taking down the partition wall to seal the concrete and then re-erecting
the wall.

Would a perforated hardboard like "pegboard" provide enough ventilation?

A. Spruce
Re: slat wall, moisture build up
A. Spruce

That warning is for masonry perimeter walls in contact with the soil. You should be just fine as long as you stick to interior, wood framed partitions.

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