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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

finishing off my basement and need to use 2x2 furring strips to clear some plumbing and gas line runs. Do you 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 ? 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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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 ...