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How can I finish a joint between drywall and tile near a corner when the drywall is 1/2" proud of the tile?

I am renovating a portion of a basement bathroom to undo some shoddy work by a previous owner. The bathroom has an existing glass enclosed tiled shower in the rear corner of the room. I had to ...
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Is I Beam span of 18.6' sufficient in older home when code was different [closed]

We are not having any issues with our structure and the 18.6' span was in code when the house was built. No supports have been removed or damaged. Now, we are finishing our basement and just wondering ...
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Gap between Rigid Foam Boards and Wall Framing (About 2 inches)

I am currently finishing my basement. I will be putting 1" rigid foam on the concrete wall of my basement and will have wall framing about 2 inches away from it. Is there a code or best practice ...
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How to refinish this so mold doesnt reappear

Looking for some advice on how to refinish this half wall, mid way down my basement stairs so mold doesn't come back. This was strapped with a couple of horizontal 2x2's with insulation in between and ...
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Rigid foam on basement walls

I am planning on installing 2" rigid foam on my basement walls to act as a vapour barrier, before framing in the 2x4 walls (AB, Canada). The rigid foam comes in 8x4 foot lengths, but my ceiling ...
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Basement Finishing Heat/AC

So I have a 28ftx25ft basement wide open basement that i'm looking to frame and finish and need to make some choices on heat and cooling. For heat I have the extra BTUs on my furnace to run a second ...
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Egress window, drop it or change design [closed]

Purchased a house with unfinshed basement. The layout is dodgy so I am trying to keep the bedroom in the left corner to have a larger living space. I know I need an egress window and there is a small ...
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Seal a Concrete Basement with Seepage Flooding for Finishing

I have a basement that floods from water seepage whenever the soil outside is saturated. This can be from heavy rain, or as in this warm winter it can go all winter long from the wet soil even without ...
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Should I change ground level slope to resolve water draining to finished portion of basement?

TL;DR: my sump pump area under the Bilco door sometimes drains water into finished portion of basement. Should I change the slope so that the water cannot run from the Bilco door sump area? The ...
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Can I stain interior concrete block foundation walls?

I was planning on painting our basement block walls until I just recently learned of the problems painting concrete invites (mainly mold) from basement waterproofing professionals (Crawl Space Ninja, ...
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Are these block foundation cracks problematic? [closed]

What steps should I take to address these cracks and how problematic are they? I am hoping to insulate and finish this exterior wall.
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Is it okay to notch 1.5" on the bottom of beams in basement ceiling [duplicate]

I have a 100 year old city rowhouse and thinking to finish the basement. I have cleared all the dangling electric cables and rerouted the water lines the attached to the ceiling beams. All I have ...
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How can I drywall basement ceiling with gas and water pipelines below the joists?

I need to drywall my basement ceiling. There are gas and water pipelines below the joists as shown in the picture. How to install drywall just below the pipes? Please help with a solution for drywall. ...
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PVC Sleepers - Finished Basement Subfloor

I came over here from reddit because I really want some feedback on this idea I stole from another redditor (they haven't responded to my inquiries, but I really like the idea). I'm currently planning ...
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Finishing basement wall over old exisiting window

I'm planning to finish walling in a room in my existing basement, (It will not be a bedroom or livable area so no need for windows etc...) The original basement was built in 1940's. There is one ...
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Can I scrape away bubbled concrete waterproofer and reapply?

Recently bought a house with painted basement walls, painted with Drylok. They look good except this one corner that has some small peeling, bubbles, and efflorescence coming through in form of small ...
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Help Identifying Rough in plumbing basement

Hello, Can someone please help me identify the rough in pipes in my basement? Is 1 the vent that I can tap into for a sink, 2 is the toilet and 3 a shower? Or is 1 strictly a vent, 2 a toilet and 3 a ...
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How can I figure out how to remove this pipe?

I'm beginning work on finishing my basement and am removing things from the walls before insulating and framing. In one corner, about a foot and a half off the ground, there's a copper(?) pipe that ...
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How do I properly finish basement without framing?

Here is the issue: we have an unfinished laundry room and an unfinished closet. I would like to finish both of them. We are in a wet/moisture climate (Wisconsin). I am trying to do this without ...
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Can I frame basement walls over slab cracks?

I recently bought a home with an unfinished basement and would like to start finishing it to add onto the livable space our of house. Do I need to repair cracks in my slab before I start framing walls?...
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What are my options to reframe the bottom of this basement wall?

I just had interior draintile installed. The bottom of this ledge-wall (not sure what it's called) was framed with a floor plate and intermittent studs. They got removed during the concrete work. I ...
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Insulating basement foundation walls with dryer vent?

I have a basement wall that was framed but never finished by the previous owner. I would like to complete it but want to be sure I’m doing things correctly. From what I can piece together I should be ...
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How should I finish this basement wall?

House built in 1970 in climate zone 3. These basement walls were apparently finished twice, the second time with drywall and originally with just wood against the concrete blocks with plaster as ...
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Insulating basement foundation walls with partial interior walls

A previous owner seemed to have fun with the basement (although I'm guessing at the order): the basement had previously been finished by building framing just inside the foundation walls and then ...
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Thickness of concrete base layer for leveling basement floor

TLDR question: How thinly can I feather regular concrete to roughly level my basement floor as a base for self-leveling compound? Background: I am in the process of re-finishing my basement after ...
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Can I un-insulate my basement quickly, and refinish it slowly over time?

I live in MN, so, a very northern climate. The previous owners of my home insulated the belowground basement poorly. It is air conditioned and heated, but insulated with 2in fiberglass bats and wood ...
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Should I treat my sill plate and rim joist before insulating?

Original 1943 construction with an unfinished full-height basement that I'm beginning the process of converting to habitable space. There are various signs of historical water damage on some of the ...
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Framing basement and the ceiling

Our basement walls were poured to allow a ceiling height of roughly 9 feet. We have 3 structural wood beams that are made up of 2 2x10s. The bottom of those beams are 8ft from the ground. Initially ...
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Rockwool vs Fiberglass insulation

I'm currently finishing my basement and I'm stock between what to use on rockwool or fiberglass. Based on my research rockwool is better than fiberglass but it is hard to install so its more ...
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Best Practice to fix Stud Wall Distance Between 2 Walls?

I'm needing some assistance as im doing the stud walls myself on what the best way to fix this issue in the diagram is? Basically i did the stud walls for the pink line, and i have a laser line that ...
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How do I waterproof this gap between concrete and wood framing in interior basement wall?

I'm currently in the process of remodelling my basement. When I took all the drywall down, I found that water was coming in through this gap between the top of the concrete wall and the wood framing. ...
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Where to start first in finishing my basement

First, I have to mention that I have never done any house improvement and I am close to the 50s of my age I bought a house (my first ever) and it has an unfinished basement. I want to finish it by ...
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Why are my basement walls half finished?

Our below grade basement has cement walls that look like they are half completed? How would we finish the walls so it’s fully smooth.. what is the purpose why it was built like this?
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When framing stud walls against concrete basement foundation walls, can the frame make direct contact with the moisture barrier?

I am planning to frame a habitable space in my basement. The basement is poured concrete walls with an exterior DMX foundation wrap. There is also a vapor barrier installed under the slab. For the ...
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What is the best way to insulate already existing stud wall against block foundation?

I am doing some remodeling in the bathroom of a bi-level. I removed the wood paneling and found the stud wall directly against the concrete block foundation with batt insulation only in the cavities. ...
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Do walls and ceiling need to have drywall installed for electrical? Partially finished basement

Background I recently finished most of the basement, making a bedroom and bathroom in the process. This leaves a section of the basement unfinished which consists of a laundry room and storage area. ...
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Basement wall design

I'm working on finishing my basement with 6 corners. The back wall is solid concrete with 4 corners (the garage is above one section). There is no moisture, and I plan on keeping it fresh with the two ...
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Insulating solid walls, permeable membrane vs solid insulation

I've got an integral garage being converted to living space (bedroom). Around half the longest wall and rear wall is below ground which is insulated and well drained from the outside. Front wall ...
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Must a window in a proposed basement habitable space conform to code even if it is not required to be in the space?

I am looking to create a finished space in my basement. The plans are for a habitable room within my basement (non-sleeping) to be used as an office. The plans exceed horizontal width requirements, ...
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Where to add door for basement office at bottom of stairs with space constraints?

I'm working on refinishing my basement and I want to turn one of the downstairs rooms into an office. I need to add a door to close off the room which happens to be entered from the bottom of the ...
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Did I Make a Major Framing Mistake?

I am an absolute ameteur trying to frame my basement remodeling project by myself and I've learned a lot since the start of this project, but I am worried the parts I didn't know are going to come ...
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Finished basement question

Some background. I have french drains in half my basement, in the area where my water pump is. I just installed a laminate floor, and put up walls. My question: I recently had some water get in my ...
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How do I seal an old woodstove pipe in the basement?

We are in the process of renovating our basement and there is an old wood stove pipe left over from a wood stove we removed. Not looking to remove the entire pipe, as it goes through the roof in two ...
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Floating Basement Walls: Dealing with Doorways and Floor Cabinets

There is quite a bit of information available on floating basement frames in areas with expansive soil, but there aren't many resources available to provide suggestions on how to handle doorways. The ...
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Maximum slope for Vinyl flooring installation

Dear Home Imporvement Experts, I'm looking to install Vyinl flooring in my basement ( with subfloor like Dricore ) but the floor in basement has a slope of ~3.7-4 inches for 24 ft. Will it be ...
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Replacing Block Windows Mortared In Brick Veneer

I've got 3 basement block windows to replace with vented block windows and need some help on a way to handle this that will leave me with a decent end result. The block windows were installed in the ...
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Can a single finished room be created in an unfinished basement?

I have an unfinished basement and am looking into creating an office down there as my current office space in the loft is looking to be turned into a fourth bedroom. Can I wall off and create an ...
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How to replace basement floor that has begun to rot? [closed]

The home I am moving into has a basement that seems to have a rotting wood subfloor. (Not sure if this is the correct term). There is a concrete base, and some inches above, what I suspect to be wood. ...
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Basement Subfloor at Bottom Stair Landing

I am in the process of finishing my basement, but I ran into an issue with the new height of the floor and the bottom of the stairs. My new basement flooring is raised ~2" (OSB nailed on top 2x2s ...
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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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