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Hello Matthew,

Thank you for posting the link to the article on "Where to place the
vapor retarder".  It was interesting to read the cases for the two
conditions.  I helped me think about weather conditions in the east
a bit more.  Where I mostly practice, we get less than 12 inches of
rain a year and it's mostly in the winter months, when concrete work
is almost non-existent due to costs to heat the base before placement
and during the curing of the concrete.

The article did leave me wondering about the best way to determine
when a slab can be placed directly on the base or native soil with
no barrier.  The flow chart gives two conditions that help somewhat, but
I would have liked Misters Suprenant and Malisch to have covered
that a little more.

Thank you,

On 5 Dec 2013 at 17:02, Matthew Stuart wrote:

> The location of the vapor barrier (referred to as a vapor retarder in
> MasterSpec) is a function of a number of different factors.
> There is a nice flow-chart in this old article:
> <>
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