Basement Reno & Codes

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Posted by: from Florenceville-Bristol
12/30/2011 at 8:26:53 AM

I have been getting mixed messages from folks as to what type of wood I can use to frame my basement so I can insulate it. I want to use plain 2x6 spruce but some have told me I can not and must use PT (pressure treated) wood.

Can you tell me if I would be in violation of the building code in New Brunswick?

Thanks very much,


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Date/Time1/3/2012 at 2:01:43 PM

Not sure what the building code will say, but the best practice is to use either PT wood or "Blue wood" on the bottom sill. An alternative to that is to ensure that you have a sill gasket under the regular wood.

What you are trying to achieve is to stop moisture from the concrete being absorbed by the wood. This will lead to mould. Most (an assumption) basements in Ontario are framed in "blue wood" now or at least have the PT sill installed.



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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