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Flooring Options for Basement with Uneven Concrete Slab

Working on a basement remodel and getting to the point of needing to figure out flooring. Unfortunately, the concrete slab is generally uneven. I had a company come in and grind the floors a few ...
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MWBC exists, use for bathroom?

I am finishing my basement. The previous owner had ran a MWBC to the area that will be the bathroom. In the panel it is two 1-pole 20amp breakers. My questions are: First to confirm, it seems I ...
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Old basement, insulation and existing framing advice

This post is similar to Mid project finishing basement: should I rip out new framing?, but I'm looking for alternatives. I purchased a house with a basement that was on its way to being finished, but ...
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Should you repair the entire floor before refinishing a basement or go room by room

I'm in the planning stages of a basement refinishing project. The basement has a concrete slab that is in decent shape but needs a few things: Some sizable (6"x6"x1/2") protrusions ...
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Basement partition wall sole plate - do I need sill plate gasket?

I am building a bathroom in my basement. It's not a remodel, it's a fully new room from the concrete floor up to the joists. The partition walls will not be touching the cinderblock foundation; there ...
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Steel I-beam, Steel post, framing question

My basement was a coverup job. I won't go into what all was wrong with it, Long story short, we are fixing it all little by little. I'm trying to add a entertainment room. I've had the waterproofing ...
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Finishing around surface mount panel to make flush

This is similar to another question here, but with some significant differences. I'm working on refinishing a basement that was not done up to code. Currently the electrical panel is surface mounted ...
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Temporarily remove electrical panel off wall

Good evening, I am removing the wood paneling in my basement the previous owner put in due to water damage and have an issue with the electrical panel and wood board being attached to the panel. Is it ...
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Basement Bedroom Repair to Original Configuration (Does this count as a bedroom again?)

We purchased a 1978 multi-story house that stated it was 3 bedroom (BR) and 3.5 bathrooms (BA) with a partially unfinished basement. There is a room in the basement partially finished with a closet ...
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How to cover this gas line sticking out of the wall?

I'm looking for nice a way to cover this gas line plug sticking out of my wall. It's an eyesore that is no longer needed, I believe a leftover from the oven in an extra basement kitchen area. It ...
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Removing a stud (or two) under a ceiling beam

The wall in this picture is in the middle of a large, previously framed but unfinished basement. I'm trying to figure out if there is proper support in the top beam for me to remove a stud (or two) to ...
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Is it more important for your baseboards to have a consistent reveal (height) or for them to be level?

This may seem like a no-brainer but I just wanted to confirm my thought process. I'm finishing our basement and reached the point where I need to install the baseboards. While the slab is relatively ...
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Finishing basement with unusual drainage

I live in a historic home, and the previous owners made some interesting choices, to say the least. As a result, there are lots of things here that I’ve not encountered elsewhere. I’m currently ...
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Can I install rigid foam board over vapor barrier that is attached to basement wall?

I recently had my basement waterproofed and a vapor barrier similar to the one in the picture was installed, except our has a dimpled flange at the bottom. We are also getting ready to finish our ...
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Two openings from inside basement to outside and not sure of the purpose

My basement has two vents from inside to outside. Both are set in-between the main floor joists (see pic) and opens outside, with flaps that opens outwards. The ducts are outside the furnace room. I ...
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How big a problem is wood embedded in a basement concrete floor?

We purchased a home where the previous owner did a lot of home improvement himself. The house has a finished basement and I believe the previous owner mentioned something about him digging out and ...
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Should I put a vapor barrier under metal framing in a basement?

I will be framing out my basement with steel so the bottom track will be on the concrete slab. Is it required to put some sort of vapor barrier between the slab and the track? I couldn't find anything ...
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Any issues with insulating exterior 2x4 walls with rock wool, then cover with XPS and drywall?

I am finishing the above-ground basement in my 1950's house, which has 2x4 framing, 16" o.c. I want to insulate as much as possible without breaking the bank (i.e. sprayfoam is out of the ...
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Must we install a “moisture, not vapor” barrier, room-side, on an insulated above-grade portion of an exterior basement wall [closed]

Must we install a "moisture, not vapor" barrier, room-side, on an insulated above-grade portion of an exterior basement wall Can we forgo installing any " moisture, not vapor, " ...
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Which type of material should I use to fill in gaps below the trim in unfinished stairs to basement

These are the stairs to the basement and the basement is somewhat finished with LVP. Not sure whether the previous owner considered this as finished stairs, definitely not to me. I am trying to clean ...
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Insulating and framing a basement after drain system and plastic vapor barrier installed

We had a moisture problem in our basement located in Minnesota. Recently some foundation water came up and ruined our carpet, when we tore out the drywall there was moisture build up and some mold on ...
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How-Where should I end this partial skirt-board at the stair? (I have more wood to re-cut a new piece if need be)

Stairs into basement I'm not sure how the skirt-board should mate into the base molding? (Is this correct?) And most important, where should I end the vertical cut from the stair nose (see arrow ...
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Basement (re)finishing insulation question

I started a job and my wife is looking to string me up if I don't start finishing it soon. We bought our 50 y/o rancher in PA with a "finished" basement, aka, drop ceiling, paneling on 3 walls (4th ...
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Rigid board installed after framing in Interior Basement Walls - Should I be concerned about trapped moisture?

I am helping my brother-in-law finish his basement. I noticed the framing was done first then the insulation was added after. It looks like rigid foam board was pressed up against the concrete wall ...
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How many “blocking” pieces do I need for a finished basement wall?

I'm going to start finishing my basement. For the walls that run parallel to the floor joists, I'll need to install "blocking" pieces, for the top sill to be nailed to. Is there a general rule on how ...
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How to install a door in a load bearing basement wall that is only 80 inches high

I would like to install a door in a load baring wall in my basement that is only 80 inches from the floor to the joist. It's an old 1940s home where half the house has joists running east west and ...
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Fire block help (picture included)

Basement has been framed but here is what I'm looking at. I have a 2x6 exterior wall that has a 38" cinder block half wall protruding 1 1/2" from the framed wall above it. I framed that out for a 5" ...
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What is this pipe coming out of the basement floor?

I’m finishing an old (1930) empty basement and have a random pipe coming out of the floor. ⁠I have no clue what it is or what it went to as it sits alone in the space. ⁠It is metallic (tested with a ...
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Cold finished basement

I live in house built in 1968. My basement is partially finished. There is drop in ceiling above and there is no insulation in the ceiling. The floor is covered with some old vinyl tiles which feels ...
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Short doors / method for low ceiling and ducting for finishing basement

Background We are in the process of planning to finish our basement. For most of the basement the ceiling to floor height is 83 inches making it pretty doable for most items. The problem I am coming ...
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How can I finish the concrete block wall along my basement steps with drywall?

I'm finishing my 50 year old basement and need advice on finishing the wall by the stairs. There's only 2 inches to the inside edge of the stringer so no room for 2x4s. Would strapping backed with a ...
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Basement ceiling

I'm finishing my 50 year old basement and need advice regarding the 6'x4' ceiling area (which is actually a cement slab from the front porch). It drops down 2" lower than the rest of the ceiling. The ...
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Insulating Basement

Our unfinished basement has hollow cinderblock walls and I am wanting to insulate it and drywall the basement. Our house sits on a slope so the font of the house, including the basement, is ground ...
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Vertical crack in foundation

I live in a condo and I have a vertical crack in my foundation in my basement. A company came out twice to prime flex seal the crack which lasted for a year. unfortunately with recent rain it appears ...
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Finished Basement - Framing Exterior Walls

EDIT: Adding photos, changing tags Complete newbie here, so I apologize if this question is lacking in detail. I am starting to do some research on finishing my basement - I've never framed anything ...
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Should I install a subfloor if I'm putting LVP in my basement?

I live in an area with temperatures from -7°F to 118°F. I'd like to put Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) in my concrete basement, but I've heard conflicting reports on if I need a subfloor. Some assumptions: ...
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Should I level my basement floor if installing a subfloor?

I'd like to install a subfloor in my basement including that dimple stuff to allow moisture to dissipate. Currently, it has sheetrock walls and trim with painted concrete flooring, but that's it. A ...
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Option for some light between broken fluorescent lights and new LED recessed lights

I'm working to fix our our basement - nothing top of the line / dream basement - just some nice enough upgrades relative to our 1970's wood paneled basement, to enjoy a few years before we sell the ...
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Keep and patch, or replace white rigid foam during basement remodel?

I'm removing old wood paneling and drywall which is glued to (what appears to be regular Styrofoam) foam board, which is glued to a cinder block basement wall. The goal is to add more insulation (2x4 ...
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Basement ceiling/wall construction

I'm finishing my basement and need to use 2x2 furring strips to clear some plumbing and gas line runs. Should I install the furring strips first and build the walls up to the furring strips or walls ...
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How can I widen a wall to match the width of the beam it supports?

My steel beams are 4-1/4” wide. If I run my framing under the beam with 2x4 framing, I’ll end up with a 3/4 overhang on one side of the wall. How do I make up this gap? Just use furring strips or is ...
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When finishing a basement, how do I transition from walls to doors/windows?

I am planning to finish my basement, which is currently naked poured concrete foundation throughout. I have a new door and new windows (only one shown in the Figure below because they are identical). ...
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How to insulate / finish a row house basement?

I am planning to insulate the basement of my row house. Given that I'm in Region 5, I will need proper insulation on the exterior-facing basement walls. But what about the walls facing the neighbors? ...
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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 that I don't need in a bathroom downstairs?
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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 ...