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rockom

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03-18-2013 at 05:25 PM

When Hanging cabinets in the basement directly to the concrete walls/foundation, do I need a barrier in between? The cabinet will be painted ply. I wanted to use a french cleat so I can easily move them around.

I had some unfinished MDF up against the wall at one time and it got moldy. I don’t expect to have the same issue with painted ply, however, any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,
-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<


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#1 posted 03-18-2013 at 08:09 PM

Two ideas for you.
1. Use Kilz, oil based, on the back of the cabinet and follow the directions on the can for how many coats.
2. Let the Kilz dry at least 3 days then use spray adhesive and glue a cheap shower curtain to the back.

Moisture will come out of the concrete walls so unless you build a real wall to mount them too you have to work with it. The Kilz will deal with any mold that might get past your inexpensive but effective moisture barrier. Best of all it is all hidden away behind the cabinet, out of sight, out of mind but doing it’s job. If you are careful and take your time you can make this get into the cleats. The cleats attached to the wall can be wrapped if you feel the need but this is probably overkill, it should be enough that they have the plastic on the back and the Kilz. I rec oil base because it has been my experience that it works better with the spray adhesive. I know it stinks. (laughing) Hope this is helpful.

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 at 07:38 AM

My foundation definitely weeps. No way around that unfortunately.

I like the idea of using treated lumber for the cleats. Paintable too if dry. I have some treated deck planking from a couple years ago that should work fine.

-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 at 08:50 AM

Dehumidifier. If it’s cold down there get one that works in cooler temps – some don’t.

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