Charlie: Herman in Memorial writes to us that, “We had 19 inches of flood water in the house and so they cut sheet-rock up to four feet high like you recommend, and now they’re ready to put sheet-rock up and they’re wondering, what is the best type of insulation to use, Tom?”
Tom: Formaldehyde-free fiberglass. I say it all the time. It’s the best, it’s inexpensive, it works, and it actually doesn’t grow mold and stuff because it’s a glass fiber, it’s not a cellulose-based product, so that’s always a plus too.
Charlie: And he wants to know, is there anything else to do before they put the sheet-rock up?
Tom: No. Insulate and sheet-rock, that’s what you’re gonna have to do, and if it floods again you pull it out, throw it away, and go through the whole process.
Charlie: And after they texture, Tom, will they need to put a primer on there before painting?
Tom: Depends. If you’re gonna use- and most people don’t if you’re gonna use a flat paint the answer is no. Two coats of flat paint, any color, will be fine. If you’re gonna use a eggshell or something, then you can prime it, because that way the color will be more even with the pain that has the sheen to it, because that’s not used as a primer. You could actually just use a flat paint the same color and then cover over with your eggshell if you’re gonna be doing an eggshell type finish on the sheet-rock.
Charlie: Wouldn’t that be the same thing as priming? Just sayin’.
Tom: Yeah, it’s just you don’t have to buy a primer, you can just buy a flat paint.
Charlie: All right.