Can I install this above my high push carpet with intention of using as a home gym? I plan to be squatting/dead-lifting hundreds of pounds overhead.
Dear William: No. Dricore panels must be installed directly on top of the concrete slab. You should also install 3/4" plywood over the DriCore panels, which flex a bit due to the rubber layer on the bottom. I assume this is a basement project -- so here are some tips for Dricore installation and basement upgrades:
(1) First make sure there are no cracks and leaks in the walls. Fill and seal cracks with Sikaflex Model # 7116110, Home Depot Internet #300934565 Store SKU #652010 If moisture is coming through the wall, apply damp-proofing to the surface. Products like Drylok can provide an important layer of moisture protection. See: Drylok Model # 28615, Home Depot Internet #202610896 Store SKU #1000531519. This product will minimize diffusion from the soil through the foundation.
(2) Use 2" thick Foamular XPS foam board on the concrete walls. XPS does not absorb moisture; a 2" thick layer will provide R-10 insulation plus a strong vapor retarder.
(3) Using foam board compatible glue, fasten sheets of foam board to your concrete walls. Apply a thick bead around the perimeter of each sheet, to create an air seal when it is pressed against the concrete wall. See: Loctite PL300 Model # 1421941, Home Depot Internet #202020476 Store SKU #780400. You can lean a 2x4 against each sheet to hold it in place while the glue sets, or pin them in place with a RamSet. After all of the sheets of foam board are installed, seal all of the joints and edges to block air leaks. DAP 230 works well for joints and small gaps; the 'Window and Door' version of Great Stuff foam is good for larger gaps.
(4) Build your new 2x interior wall in front of the foam board. Use pressure treated (PT) lumber for the sole plate. If water leaks could occur and the floor may be damp, install a piece of Veranda cellular PVC trim on the floor first, to lift the sole plate off the concrete and keep if from rotting; leave small gaps every few feet for water to trickle through under the DriCore panels noted below. Use a RamSet to drive nails into the concrete, or drill holes for expansion bolts. We use bolts in areas with high stress, e.g. near doorways, stair landings and the ends of pony walls. See: RamSet Model # 00022, Home Depot Internet #100091715 Store SKU #107708. Be sure to wear ear and eye protection when you use a RamSet.
(5) Insulate and seal the rim joist pockets: Pack the end of each bay with rock wool ~6" deep.
(6) Run your electric lines to receptacles and lights. Fire block (seal) the holes in the studs with 3M Fire Block sealant. See: 3M Model # FB 136, Home Depot Internet #100390499 Store SKU #191728 DO NOT use any type of spray foam, even if it says "Fire Block" on the label, e.g. Great Stuff. These spray foam are actually very flammable. Informed building inspectors can fail an inspection if they find spray foam used for fire blocking.
(7) Fill the stud bays with rock wool - the most cost effective solution. See: Owens Corning Model # UB-40-P3D-15--47--121, Home Depot Internet #304633821 Store SKU #1003061505.
(8) If there is any possibility of a water leak into your basement, install DriCore panels on the floor first. They have a rubber surface on the bottom with channels that water can trickle through. Make sure, of course, that you have a drain with a dry well or sump pump for the water to escape to. Carefully seal all of the joints and edges of the DriCore panels to block air / moisture leaks. You can use standard poly shims - available at Home Depot - to level the Dricore panels. (Do not use wood shims.) Then install 1" of Foamular on top of the DriCore, and seal the joints and edges. Cover the Foamular with 3/4" plywood as the subfloor / nailbase for your new flooring. Run the plywood 90 degrees from the direction of the foam board, with a 1/2" gap around the edge for expansion. Again, seal all of the joints and edges. See: DriCore Model # CDGNUS750024024, Home Depot Internet #202268752 Store SKU #361018. We installed DriCore at a recent project as a fail-safe, even though the basement was dry. Water leaked in unexpectedly through a window during a downpour, and DriCore saved the new floor.
If you are certain that there is no possibility of a water leak into your basement, install 1" thick Foamular on the concrete floor -- and seal the joints and edges. Cover this with 3/4" plywood, running 90 degrees to the foam board panels. Leave a 1/2" gap around the edge to allow for expansion. Again, seal all of the joints and edges.
(9) Also read up on fire blocking, which many people overlook. This is required at the top of basement walls, along the walls, at the top of stairs, etc. Do a Google search for "Fire Blocking Basics" from JLCOnline. Roxul rock wool is a good solution. You can stuff it into the gap at the top of the wall and into the end of floor joist bays. To seal holes created for pipes and wiring, use fire resistant caulk, e.g. 3M Model # CP-25WB+, Home Depot Internet #100166701 Store SKU #163096.. DO NOT use the "Fireblock" version of Great Stuff foam; as noted above.
I hope this is helpful.
Date published: 2021-06-26