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protect drywall from self-leveling cement pour?

I'm finishing my home basement, and I made the mistake of installing the drywall before deciding to level the concrete floor. So I'm trying to determine whether or not I really need to protect the ...
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How do I cover up basement rough in

Can I fill in or cover up the basement rough in ? There is a rough in and I don't need a bathroom down stairs.
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Poor quality suspended ceiling installation

My home has a poorly installed suspended ceiling in my basement using 2'x 4' tiles with many tiles sagging and not attractive. I am not a fan of suspended ceilings. Is there a better ceiling choice ...
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How to glue PVC wall tiles to old mastic?

There is a small section of poured concrete wall in the stairwell of our basement that had vinyl tiles glued to it with tar-like black mastic in the 1960s (already tested, neither contain asbestos). ...
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How thoroughly should I scrape paint from cement basement wall before insulating?

I'm going to finish one corner of my basement and want to insulate the two adjoining exterior walls so that the space will stay warm in the winter. The wall was painted a few years ago and the paint ...
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Should a bathtub be installed on a concrete slab or the subfloor that will be installed over the slab?

I am currently finishing my basement and looking to install a bathtub. I have already decided that I will be using a sub-floor in the basement. My question is: Should I place the bathtub directly on ...
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How can I temporarily finish a basement without actually finishing it? [closed]

I just bought a brand new townhouse and had plans to immediately finish the basement. I would like to turn it into the media and tv area, as the living room on the main floor is not big enough for the ...
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Can I run #14 armored cable behind baseboards?

Residential basement remodel problem: Replacing old, ungrounded wiring. Problem is cinder block walls. Inside, the exterior walls have rigid insulation and one layer of 1 x 3 furring strips ...
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Moved into an older home and found plastic sheeting was applied to cinder blocks in basement

How do we know if we should be redoing all the drywall (on exterior walls) in the basement or leave as-is? We just moved into an older house (1970s) that was mostly sitting empty for about 6-12 ...
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Hanging Drywall vs Bad Framing

I am in the process of hanging drywall in my basement. The builder actually framed my perimeter walls and included batt insulation. as I started looking at the framing I noticed the studs were at 24" ...
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Insulating basement - foam walls or pour floor first?

Basement is unfinished, 100 year old house. Basement floor is dirt and various crumbling sections of old concrete. Walls are rubble and cement and above grade brick. I'm planning on leveling the ...
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How should I insulate and block moisture inside rim joists where foamboard doens't fit?

My question is around the use of foamboards in finished basements to serve as a vapor retarder and to reduce condensation. I've already fastened foam boards against all the concrete walls, taping the ...
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Least invasive way to find foundation footings under basement slab?

For a 100-year-old brick house (two-flat) in Chicago, I'd like to find my foundation footings so that I can plan in-floor heating. What's the least invasive way to do so? I'm imagining drilling ...
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Ceiling sheetrock for basement apartment

My house consists of two units, the main and basement apartment to which the main is not connected indoors. I was planning to put fiberglass insulation between the joists and use ultra light 1/2" ...
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How best to remove basement particle board subflooring under framing

Recently bought an old house where the basement has been partially finished. About half of the basement is drywalled and the rest is just open framing. That said, the subfloor in the basement is made ...
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Which tape to seal seams between XPS panels?

I am planning to insulate my basement walls with XPS. I'll be gluing the panels to the wall and taping the seams. However, I'm finding conflicting information on which tape to use. The most common ...
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Should XPS insulation not touch basement floor?

When putting up XPS insulation in a basement, prior to framing, is there a reason the insulation shouldn't go all the way to the floor? In this guide, they show the XPS resting on top of 2x4s (lying ...
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Best way to move/extend wall-mounted outlets when finishing basement?

We're getting ready to finish our basement. The basement is already wired for electricity with wall-mounted metal outlet boxes. However, the existing boxes will be way too shallow once the ...
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How do I refinish around an existing basement window?

Our previously finished basement was a combination of drywall and wood paneling over concrete block with no insulation. We removed the drywall and paneling over the block and intend on adding foam ...
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Leveling out a basement floor

So I am in the process of finishing out my basement. I am going to start by first building my office, and later doing the rest of the basement. My basement is divided in half, and I have the typical ...
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What Pex system and re-design would you use for this small bungalow update - Floor Plans Attached?

There is a small Bungalow in the Midwest that I have attached two new design drawings for. Its a smaller 740sqft home with a 1st floor and current unfinished basement. I wanted to see if the group ...
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How should I finish basement walls with half-height blanket insulation in place?

I have a newly constructed home In the Northern Part of Ohio and am planning on working to finish my basement. The summers a warm and humid and the winters are quite cold and dry. I have a walkout ...
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Do I need anything more than drylok in my basement?

I'm trying to finish a room in the basement. The plan was to frame some studs, hang drywall, the usual procedure when building a room. The thing is, it might be out of budget to buy everything I need ...
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Are furring strips over insulation in concrete basement strong enough to hold some shelves and a tv?

I plan to mount a 55" TV to my basement's wall with some floating shelves on both sides. Looking at pictures from my house's construction, I can see that furring strips were nailed over the ...
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Looking for the least expensive way to level Basement floor

How can I level my basement floor, which has a 2-3inch dip in the middle?
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Basement Subfloor — EPS + Plywood

I am planning to take the 1" EPS + plywood sandwich approach to my basement subfloor (pergo on top). I've read conflicting things around the plywood -- is 1/2" ply sufficient? Do I need to do two ...
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If a basement concrete wall is 43 inches tall, is it possible to put in an egress window?

My understanding is that the opening of the window must be 44 inches from the floor or lower. Will it possible to put in a window and meet this requirement without cutting any concrete? Thanks.
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Rigid Foam and Fire Block when finishing basement?

I'm using rigid foam, specifically this to finish my basement. The foam is going directly onto the concrete, followed by standard framing and some variation of greenboard or paper-free drywall. ...
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Moisture barriers when finishing a basement?

So I know this is kind of a rabbit hole question -- mostly because I've been down that hole for the last month reading articles that disagree with each other. I'm hoping the folks here can give me a ...
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How should I handle moisture/insulation as I finish my basement?

Not sure what to do Details: We've recently moved into our first home, a split-level home in Upstate New York (Climate Zone 5 & 4 Marine). The lower level has 3 main rooms, a playroom, laundry ...
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Plywood over rigid foam over concrete: will I have moisture issues?

Short version: If I install 3" of rigid foam over a poured concrete foundation wall that has been sealed with Xypex, will I have any moisture issues if I install plywood directly over the rigid? ...
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I want to improve my concrete basement floor, but not too much

Our 100-year-old home's basement floor is very thin (1/2"?) concrete. A friend once called it a "rabbit floor", only intended to keep critters from burrowing up into the basement :) It is uneven, ...
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City Regulations

We are looking to finish out basement and one of the guys we brought in said we need to find out if we can get a permit for it, because our house was built in the 1950's the ceiling is 76" vs the ...
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Running wire to ceiling with double joist parallel to wall

I'm finishing my basement, done the framing and starting wiring for lights. One wall runs parallel to the joists, and has a double joist (two 2x8) above the top plate (the wall is right next to the ...
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Is This Basement Window Frame Structural

I'm renovating a bedroom in the basement, and I am trying to upgrade the window to meet the local egress requirements (Ontario, Canada). We have a standard bungalow with cinder block walls, built in ...
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Recommendations for search terms - insulate wall between duplex units

I have one half of a duplex, which is separated by a brick wall (looks like a triple brick?). While refinishing my basement, I'm trying to determine the insulation requirements in my local building ...
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Should one insulate rim joists prior to adding drywall if batt insulation already exists?

Unfinished basement room with 2 exterior walls. Previous owner did the framing and batt insulation. I will finish the room by adding drywall. Should I still insulate the rim joists (adding pieces ...
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What to use to encapsulate asbestos tile in basement?

we have asbestos tile (or lead?, the inspector told my girlfriend not to remove it). We want to put vinyl plank right on top of the tile. Does anyone know what we should use to try to encapsulate ...
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How to renovate a basement floor?

I'm going to remove a berber carpet glued to a concrete slab and I'm not sure how to prepare the slab for a finished floor. I'm renovating a room in a finished, walk out basement. It's adjacent to ...
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What's the proper way to leave extra length of wire going into electrical panel?

I'm remodeling my fixer house, and I plan to install an electrical panel in an unfinished basement. At some point (hopefully in the near future), I'll finish the basement space. This will add ...
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Should I use transitions with laminate flooring to control the size of plank needed at each wall?

Im aware my questions sounds silly but the real issue is the basement im installing in has two bedrooms and a long family room. My understanding is that planks should be atleast 2 inches wide at the ...
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Reducing sound transfer of finished basement drop ceiling on a budget

I have a home built circa 1960 (US). The original subfloor on the first floor is 5" tongue-and-groove planks that are at approximately a 45 degree angle to the joists (is there a name for that type ...
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Is it possible or feasible to build basement walls without anchoring?

I want to finish my basement. All of the basic protocols I have seen is install a sill plate by anchoring it into the conrete. After that, build a wall and put it on top of the sill plate. Attach to ...
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Mounting outlet on drywall furred out from cement

I am in the process of adding an outlet to a wall in a previously renovated basement. The wall is drywall, mounted to furring strips which are attached to the cement wall. My two options as I see it ...
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Re-insulating/finishing a basement? options?

I have a basement room that had some water issue due to a leaky bleeder valve. The leaky pipe did not damage the drywall ceiling, but it did get into space between drywall and concrete, as well as the ...
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What's the best way to level this basement floor?

Goal: Level basement slab in our 1905 Seattle home so I can install laminate flooring. Existing floor: 21' x 25' unreinforced rat slab thickness varies from ~2" at rim to as little as 3/4" near ...
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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 ...
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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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How to attach wall on top of french drain in basement?

I am in the process of finishing my basement and had an interior french drain system installed. I now want to start putting walls up but am unsure how to attach them on top of the french drain. I ...
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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 ...