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Should I Do A Multi-Level Bulk Head For Basement Finishing?

The AC vents run right along side my structural LVL beam down the middle. I know you typically box the studs and make the bottom equal to the bottom of the structural beam (as seen in picture). If I ...
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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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how to frame basement wall parallel to joists where insulation prevents adding blocking?

I am framing a room in my basement, and one of the walls runs parallel to the ceiling joists. Normally, that's no problem - just add blocking between the joists and attach the top plate of the wall ...
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Why is a portion of my basement wall smooth?

Why is only one area of the cement wall in my basement smooth and finished? What material can we use to finish the rest of the walls like this corner portion showed?
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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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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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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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