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With a couple of $15 buckets of drywall mud and a few hours of elbow grease, you can apply the mud right over the paneling. To make the result look even remotely good, you'll want to hit it with a few coats, waiting for each coat to dry, and get the surface finish as smooth as possible. Assuming you don't have any experience applying drywall texture, don't ...


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I can't say much about the ceiling, but we recently "refinished" our paneled basement simply by painting the walls: a light sanding to break the glossy surface, two coats of primer and two coats of white paint did the trick. You can definitely see the old grooves in the paneling, but it looks good enough to us that we used the same technique on the paneling ...


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You'll have to contact your local building department to be sure, but it's very likely that they'll require a second means of egress. They might also have localized information, on ways others in your area have dealt with the problem. It's not likely that you're the only person in your area that's wanted to add living space to their basement. ...


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Simple test: Take some clear plastic. One layer from a large sandwich bag would be ideal. Tape it securely to the wall at a spot where you're observing the problem. Make sure you seal all the way around the edge of the piece of plastic. Do this a few different places. Wait a few days. Then check the test strips. If the moisture is on the room side of ...


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Well im assuming ur under groud and concrete holds moisture and the humidity in the room Along with the florescent lights are making walls sweat or condensate. I'd purchase some very good water sealant and apply it.


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If this is a cold climate, keep in mind you will want insulation. Also need to consider issues of condensation or wicking. You will want a moisture and vapour barrier between any wood and concrete. Also consider foam insulation between metal and wood to avoid moisture from condensation when water vapour in the air meets cold metal. Other than that there ...


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try muriatic acid but be careful


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As long as the water heater is completely full of water, indefinitely. The fact that there isn't fresh water flowing through it regularly isn't particularly important (and will likely even extend it's lifespan). If too much air enters the tank however, when the heater fires the lifespan will drop down into minutes or even seconds.


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Only if the "basement" is 12-18" deep. French drain should be below floor level of the basement. It might help, but it's very doubtful that it will be sufficient if you are only going partway down the basement walls.


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You absolutely need to water proof the surround. You can likely use any product (durock, hardie, wonder) that is rated for wet use (not "green" board). You will still need to fully apply a waterproofing to wet side of the backer. I strongly recommend using a physical membrane like kerdi, but plenty of people swear by paint-on treatments like redgard. Your ...


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Using treated lumber, you can attach the framing using a combination of suitable adhesive and concrete anchors like tapcons. Consider, though, whether you'll have moisture issues between your plywood (or finished surface) and the concrete. How do you plan to seal and insulate, or do you?


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I believe that you are correct. Here is an article that discuss notching and drilling of studs: http://www.familyhandyman.com/walls/drilling-holes-notching-and-boring-holes-in-wood-studs/view-all Load Bearing Walls: Holes may not exceed 40 percent of the stud’s width (1-3/8 in. maximum in 2x4s; 2-1/4 in. maximum in 2x6s). The exception: Holes up ...


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Updated Answer After watching your video, and looking at the photos, there seems to be quite a few assumptions being made, i.e. if the vent is actually a vent, what happens to the vent after it passes through the ceiling, how the toilet and bathtub are piped under the floor, and how they are actually vented. In addition, there is also a few issues what ...


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National Electrical Code says that for general lighting and receptacle circuits, you can use 3 volt-amperes per square foot to calculate the load. However, the square footage is calculated from the outside dimensions of the floor area. So when calculating the area, don't forget to include the wall thickness. National Electrical Code 2014 Chapter 2 ...


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You are really brave to finish a basement with a known moisture issue. I for one wouldn't spend a penny on finishing my basement until I have seen it go through a wet season without failing. Not telling you to stop but would warn to slow down. Get your framing/electric/plumbing/whatever done and let it go through at least 4-5 months before finishing ...


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Not sure if there is a code or regulation, but consider that it is required by code to use pressure treated lumber, because non-pressure treated lumber will rot and/or grow mold and eventually make you sick. I'd imagine that carpet would do the same. If not the polyester carpet fibers, then the backing. I'd cut the carpet and put the pressure-treated lumber ...


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There is no code or regulation that I know of that putting a piece of carpet between framing and the base (concrete). However this is really poor workmanship and I could see your local inspector reacting with a raised eyebrow or he could just say he doesn't want it for whatever reason - it is his call. Also doing something suspect like this would lead me ...



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