Potential client wants a price on studding out his basement walls, insulating, installing greenboard, and a drop ceiling. Nice work, if you can get it. I have a problem with it though. The greenboard.
He specified greenboard because he has had moisture problems in the past. Not since he installed a dehumidifier, however. But my hesitation on doing the work is getting a call back in a year or two because the studs have begun to rot from the moisture trapped between the insulation and cement wall.
Should I not take the job and recommend curtain/french drains be installed prior to finishing the basement (no such moisture abatement systems are in place, neither is there any ‘sealer’ on the inside, not that that would do much for the long term. Neither is the HO likely to install any such systems; the house just isn’t worth it and the budget won’t allow it.) Or should I take the job with a proviso that excludes me from any future damage caused by moisture? Or just not take the job at all.
Honestly, I haven’t gotten back to them in a week because I have one of those gut feelings that the job will be far from over after the ceiling is installed and the last drop of paint applied.