Framing cold cellar in Ontario

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Posted by: from Milton
2/27/2018 at 1:17:45 PM


I'm intending to insulate my cold cellar. Do I need to use pressure treated wood for my base plate? Also can I use "all purpose" and/or "construction" screws for framing? They are "Home Builder" and "Paulin" brands respectively.


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Date/Time2/27/2018 at 1:34:59 PM

Hi Frank,

In our business we run into mold contaminated floor plates all the time in cold cellars and in basements. This, in turn, leads to mold growth on drywall and other organic material in basements.

In order to reduce the likelihood of this happening we strongly recommend adding a neoprene gasket between the floor plate and the concrete slab. We then would recommend using pressure treated studs, (or a Bluewood product if you can still find it). Make sure the cold cellar has adequate insulation / vapour barrier and that ventilation is supplied to the room.



Maple Leaf Mold Inc

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Date/Time2/27/2018 at 7:38:19 PM


Be sure to use blue board wood plates against the floor. On top of a foam or plastic wrap,pulled up and stapled to the top of the wood if go go with the plastic. Use the blue board sealer on all cut ends of the lumber.

And be sure to fill the existing vent opening to the outside with maximum expansion foam. You can cut of both sides with excacto blades when it dries. Hope that helps.


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