How to Use Visqueen

Plastic vapor barrier is an invaluable material used in a variety of applications in home construction.

Behind Drywall and Other Wallboard

Visqueen is a brand of vapor barrier available in a variety of sizes, colors and thicknesses. Visqueen and similar vapor barriers are commonly used between insulation and drywall. However, Visqueen has other applications.

Step 1

Measure the wall area you want to cover with Visqueen vapor barrier.

Step 2

Roll out the Visqueen and mark out your measurements on it with a marker and a measuring tape. Leave at least 4 inches of extra vapor barrier for sheet overlap.

Step 3

Place a piece of scrap plywood or other scrap material underneath the lines along which you want to cut, to serve as a straightedge, and cut along these lines with a utility knife. Press firmly and move slowly to prevent erratic cuts.

Step 4

Staple the vapor barrier to the wall studs. Use 3/8-inch staples when installing vapor barrier on a wall or floor.

Step 5

Tape the places where sheets overlap to create a continuous sealed barrier. Use sheathing or tuck tape to ensure a strong bond.

Other Applications

Step 1

Lay out Visqueen as a drop cloth when painting or drywalling to prevent the paint and drywall compound from coming into contact with your floor.

Step 2

Use sheets of Visqueen as a vapor barrier beneath hardwood, manufactured hardwood and click flooring to prevent condensation from rising up from the basement or floor below.

Step 3

Use Visqueen to cover plants and other vegetation you want to protect from frost.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic vapor barrier roll
  • Staple gun
  • 3/8-inch staples
  • Utility knife

About the Author

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.