Q: Hi,

In my basement I have studs nailed directly to the cylinder block walls that the wood paneling/sheetrock was attached to. Can I re-use these existing studs and just put the rigid insulation in between them and attach the moisture barrier to the face of the studs? -thank!

Somerville, NJ

A: Thank you for your submission. When framing your exterior basement walls, any wood that is in contact with concrete should be pressure treated. For requirements regarding installing insulation and insulating material requirements, as well as installing a moisture barrier, it is best to check with your township’s building department as building codes vary and you will want to ensure compliance with code during your planning phase.