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Should I use a subfloor for a finished basement's floor?

We are refinishing our basement and have not yet decided what to do for the floors. Part of the basement will be tile, and we are all set. However, the rec room side is going to be carpet. The ...
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What is the best way to incrementally finish an unfinished basement?

my wife and I are in the process of buying our first house. The house has a 750 square foot unfinished basement (cinderblock walls and concrete floor), and is brand new (rather, it will be brand new ...
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How do you secure wood framing to a concrete basement floor?

I'm using Pressure treated lumber for the bottom plate in a basement finishing project. What should I use to seperate the wood from the concrete? What are ways to secure the bottom plate to the ...
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How can I level my basement floor, which has a 4-inch dip?

I googled today on how to level a basement floor. Most people recommend using SLC (self leveling concrete)... I don't think I can just use that because of the pitch of my floor (and from what I hear, ...
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What are these metal tags attached to my poured concrete basement wall?

What are these metal pieces attached to my basement poured concrete walls? They are about 2x2 with holes and were pressed into some kind of goop. These walls were poured in 1979. Can I remove them?
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What does “new construction only” mean for Recessed Light Housing?

My basement ceiling is not yet covered with drywall. Does this mean I can use recessed light housing for new construction or does that require access from the top as well?
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Should I insulate a finished basement if there is only 3 degrees difference?

We are finishing our basement and I'm wondering if it is worth putting in insulation if there is only a 3 degrees temperature difference from my upper floors to my basement. This is during the winter ...
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How many Tapcons should be used to anchor a baseplate to a concrete floor?

I'm building a non-structural wall in my basement. I'm using Pressure-treated lumber on top of a foam sill gasket to protect from any moisture. How many tapcons should be used per 8-foot length to ...
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How wide should I make my game-room if I want to fit a “full-size” pool table in it?

I'm starting to look at finishing my basement, and am playing with a couple different layouts. I definitely want to put a pool table down there - and later sell the house with this being one of the ...
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What to do first in a basement? Dricore then frame on top? Or frame and then lay dricore?

My thinking is to use blue wood with a plastic barrier underneath, and then lay dricore up to the finished walls. However, the dricore instructions say that framing should be on top of the sub-floor. ...
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Is there a more attractive alternative to a drop ceiling that allows easy access to the space above it?

Are there any ways of installing a basement ceiling that is seamless and does not look like a drop ceiling, but which can still be somehow disassembled? Alternatively, are there more subtle forms of ...
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How do I install carpet tiles in a below grade room?

A few years ago, I saw an advertisement for carpet tiles that had a jagged edge so there would be less movement in the interlock between tiles, and prevented the need for glue. (would like to find ...
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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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What are the options for moisture-proofing foundation from the interior

I'm trying to prevent moisture from turning into mold and growing on concrete exterior walls and getting into the fiberglass insulation. I see polystyrene, foil, chemical-based concrete sealing, and ...
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Howto convert old basement slab into finished concrete floor?

Doing a complete remodel, after Boulder flooding, of my basement. After demoing and floodcutting, all that's left is framing and concrete slab. I'd like to turn this into a nice concrete finished ...
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Re-framing basement walls after flooding. Drain tile with no concrete?

Im getting ready to re-frame basement walls after basement flood (shocking images attached). I'll be doing this for every wall portion that can possibly flood: 1) ridgid XPS foam insulation ...
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How can I find out if a vapor barrier is requried for finishing a basement to code?

I'm planning out a basement finishing project, and I'd like to do it correctly. I've done a lot of research but what I can't tell is if I do, or do not, require a vapor barrier. I was hoping from a ...
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How should I encapsulate a basement wall with chipping paint on a porous surface?

I have a basement wall with several layers of chipping paint. I can't say officially, but I'm pretty certain the bottom layer (dark green in the photos) is lead-based, while the upper layers are not. ...
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Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions

Last year I decided to let my brother-in-law finish my basement. After he finished the framing he moved away. Now I have wood framing complete and nothing else. He claimed he knew what he was ...
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Noisy floating wall anchors

In Colorado basement walls have to be floating. Basically they are suspended from the floor joists, with a vertically movable anchor into the base plate, in case the slab moves due to expansive soil. ...
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IKEA recessed lights: extreme clearance requirements?

I'm finishing the ceiling on my basement. I'm planning to insulate the ceiling with the Roxul Safe'n'Sound Fire & Soundproofing Insulation. It is 3 inches thick so it only occupies the upper 3 ...
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Basement insulation w/ existing tar paper and studs

I recently pulled off old wood paneling in my basement, and would like to insulate it using rigid foam (silverboard or durofoam). Behind the panelling, there is tar paper, and 1x2" studs approximately ...
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Can the blanket Insulation in my basement be left in place when refinishing?

I'm thinking about finishing my basement. It currently has the blanket insulation that the builder installed when we built the house last year. I'm unfamiliar with this product. Is it meant to be used ...
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Can I get bathroom permit in old house (1950s) which doesn't quite meet modern codes?

I want to add bathroom in my basement. The house was build in 1950s so its old. The basement ceiling hight is not great, max 7 ft (unfinished area). I have had couple of contractors and plumbers come ...
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Non wood basement panels

What are options for non wood basement panels. I would prefer ones that could be taken down to get behind the panels if needed. I'm looking to the install myself.
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How should I finish around this hole in my slab?

This hole in my basement has a roughed-in drain pipe for a bathtub (can't really see it, but I've verified it's there): As you can see, it's about 12"x16". As I prepare to finish the basement, I'm ...
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How should I remove tiles and backer board from my bathroom?

I have a pink tiled bathroom and want to remove them. The tiles come up fairly easy but some do not and the backer board is intact mostly. What is the best way to remove the tiles and backer board if ...
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Vapor and moisture barrier for “above ground” basement

I'm finishing the basement of my home in New Jersey, and I'm a bit confused about the general guidance for basement moisture and vapor barriers. My "basement" is built from concrete block. However, ...
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Should I add a return air vent in a refinished basement?

We are refinishing our basement, and are nearing competition. The walls are drywalled, and the ceiling is dropped. There will be about 500 sq ft of finished space, including a full bathroom, and ...
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How do I build a firewall around my furnace/water heater?

I'm in the planning stage of finishing my basement. I'd like to section off the furnace and water heater, and am assuming that I should fireproof that section of the build. What's the best way to go ...
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Is installing an egress window in a basement a do it yourself job?

For starters, we found wet carpet in a finished basement room. It's not a full bedroom because there is no egress window, but does have a small window approx 2' x 1' about 3 feet away from where the ...
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Can I have two storeys in a 16 foot space?

I'm in the process of closing on a house that has an unusually large crawlspace underneath the structure. The house is built on a relatively steep hillside and the frame of the house extends to the ...
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Can I have an office in my basement without egress?

I'm looking to create an office space in my basement. I live in a townhouse attached to 2 other units. In the basement we currently have smalls windows near the ceiling. From what I've read, it ...
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How to insulate already-existing stud walls along block foundation

My new (to me) house has a 60-year-old block foundation. The previous owners did little to no insulating in the basement. However, they started to finish a bedroom down there, and got as far as ...
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On wall near floor or ceiling for supply ducts in basement

I'm starting to finish my basement and I'm curious if I should put my supply ducts in the ceiling or the exterior wall near the floor. I have the configuration to easily do either. Any thoughts on ...
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Installing permanent support column in the basement

I'm redoing a basement after flooding and just found this little hack. Apparently previous owner removed permanent support post for some reason and then at some point installed this temporary jack ...
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Installing door in 2x6 wall (drywall only on 1 side)

Renovating my basement and I have 3 doors to install. Planning to install 2 prehung doors in the first 2 locations (2x4 walls with drywall on both sides). Not sure what to do about the 3rd. It will ...
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Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?

Question: Do non-load bearing basement walls with metals framing and foam insulation (such as extruded polystyrene) in a single-family home require fireblocking and draftstopping? If so, what is the ...
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How do I interpret my furnace clearance diagram?

My brother-in-law and I are going to be finishing my basement. We just got the permit from the building inspector. When they returned my plans there was a note that told me to make sure furnace and ...
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Waterproofing a basement before finishing it

So I currently own a home to which I would like to finish off the basement in the near future. Currently the basement is just concrete with cinder block walls on the outside. I have a normal sump ...
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Blocking above wall in the way of new ceiling

I have a finished basement wall that has an exposed header since removing a drop ceiling. My goal is to replace the ceiling with a flush ceiling, perhaps drywall or a joist-mount grid system. The way ...
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How can I make a new basement window fit the opening?

I bought a basement window similar to this one. The plastic face of the window is the exact size of my opening, which is not perfectly square. How can I shave off some of the plastic to make this ...
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How can I refinish a basement concrete floor?

The basement concrete floor pictured has traces of red paint, a beige mesh, the concrete itself, and a top blue-gray layer of paint. Does refinishing the floor require reapplying the red and the ...
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How should I finish a basement with a pitched floor?

I am building a room in the basement where the slab has a pitch. I have already installed had a foam and magnesium board subfloor and my intention is to have a carpet installed on top of that. The ...
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Adding a connection to a sewage ejector tank

In my basement I have a sewage ejector tank that looks like this: One connection is the vent and the other is the discharge (mine does not have the third hole you see in the foreground). What I ...
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Old basement crumbling basement walls and asbestos

I want to refinish my basement walls, as they look really bad. I tore down some wood paneling that was starting to warp, and behind that was some styrofoam insulation. Behind styrofoam is 3 mil ...
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What is the best and least expensive way to update my walkout basement? [closed]

I have a walkout basement that is paneled and has a dropped ceiling with out a ceiling grid. In need of serious updating, but I have already put so much money into this house, I am looking for the ...
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What kind of subfloor do most people use these days?

I've been reading tons on how to do a subfloor for my basement and I don't seem to be getting any closer to an answer. So far it looks like there are 4 ways to do this: (I'm stealing a good part of ...
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Will new bottom plates in basement allow radon penetration?

I am getting ready to finish my basement. I can use Tapcons or a Ramset to attach the bottom plates of the walls to the concrete slab with drain tile underneath. Will these holes from the screws or ...
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How to level out or grind down concrete basement floor?

I had a french drain installed in my basement and the top of its cement sits around 1/8" to 1/4" of an inch higher then the rest of my basement floor. I need to somehow level this out so I can put ...