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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I use a subfloor for a finished basement's floor?

We are refinishing our basement and have not yet decided what to do for the floors. Part of the basement will be tile, and we are all set. However, the rec room side is going to be carpet. The ...
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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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Should I add a return air vent in a refinished basement?

We are refinishing our basement, and are nearing competition. The walls are drywalled, and the ceiling is dropped. There will be about 500 sq ft of finished space, including a full bathroom, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Basement Bathroom Plumbing - Rough in Backwater Valve

I am trying to figure out how in the world to frame this basement bathroom. As you can see from the image, there is a backwater valve that would end up right in the middle of the room. I know that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What kind of subfloor do most people use these days?

I've been reading tons on how to do a subfloor for my basement and I don't seem to be getting any closer to an answer. So far it looks like there are 4 ways to do this: (I'm stealing a good part of ...