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Fasten, Faster: Baseboards and Electrical Boxes

by NUDURA Blogger | Jan 02, 2017

As a company built on high-quality service and responsiveness, we pride ourselves on answering builders’ questions before they even arise. However, we understand that each ICF construction job is unique and the design intent will vary from project to project.

How to fasten the baseboard in a NUDURA house is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive from builders. The short answer is, the best way is to rip a plywood strip 2 to 2 ½ inches wide and screw it in place to the webs along all the walls. Next, fasten these strips at every fourth web. At this point, you will be able to set drywall on top of it.

Cut the top sheets to the appropriate height and – bang! – you have full wood fastening for nails along the complete wall surface. The plywood is also guaranteed to be covered by the baseboard.

A different type of fastening question – this one concerning electrical boxes – is another that deserves a quick mention. Our 2 5/8 inch form panel thickness is deep enough to accommodate almost every standard depth electrical box, including a typical 1104 type box. During the pre-pour phase of the installation process, simply gluing a square of foam on the inside of the form to accommodate deeper boxes.

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  1. Edward A Hackett | Feb 01, 2018

    Our propane gas tech is installing a propane heater in our basement and has to cut through the wall to extend the vent pipe to the out for our direct vent heater. Any suggestions as to how and where on the wall he drills and cuts through foam and concrete?


    The NUDURA wall can be drilled at any location with the proper equipment, a core bit of the correct size is the most common tool. There are better locations than others to drill through, the ideal location is where the drill will not hit the reinforcing steel. Identify the reinforcing locations from the plans and specifications. Typically horizontal rebar is installed 1-1/2” – 3-1/2” from the top edge of the form, try not to drill in this spot. Typically vertical rebar is installed against a web/fastening strip, so if you stay between the 8” o.c. webs there is less chance of drilling into the rebar.

    - NUDURA Blogger | February 1, 2018
  2. mike | Sep 13, 2017

    I just want to know how much it would cost to build a 1200 sq/ft basement with your product ?

    basic 4 corners.

    Pricing depends on your location and the distributor in your area, as we don't sell our product direct. We have sales reps that can help answer your question, where are you located?
    - NUDURA Blogger | September 14, 2017

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