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Old 11-22-2006, 10:01 PM   #16
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I know what you mean about having someone else tell you what to do.
(Whenever my father comes over, he looks at me and shakes his head)
(He is from the old school of thought and thinks that this is no job for women).
I have to put him in his place sometimes.

My husband let's me do it the way I want. He admits that he does not know anything about renovations.

I am the expert .

(He is very proud of me, and supports anything that I want to do.)

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Old 11-22-2006, 10:20 PM   #17
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You gotta sister????
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:40 AM   #18
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Unfortunately not, (did always want one though).
I have 2 brothers, and you know what, they know nothing about diy.
(I get this from my dad, or I am the postman's daughter.
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:46 PM   #19
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Well it has been 2 weeks today that I started my basement finishing project. I have all framing done, the shower is in and the electric will be finished tomorrow. Wow I love the library, what a great resource. Thank you all for your help and now I am off to try and gather information on home theater design.
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Old 12-14-2006, 10:04 PM   #20
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How have you been able to finish so fast?

It has been 2 months for me since I started and all I have done is framed 2 walls.

Mind you, this is not my only focus.

Are you doing it all yourself, 24/7?

I would love to see some pictures.
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:02 PM   #21
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Does anyone have any suggestions on what is the best paint on moisture barrier for basement walls? I have a dry basement except for one corner, the lowest point of ground on my property....it stays dry now after adjusting the drainage system, but I am concerned that the moisture buildup is still there. I am planning on starting to stud out my basement in 2 weeks. Any suggestions????

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Old 12-28-2006, 09:16 PM   #22
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have you tried hydraulic cement?
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:27 PM   #23
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Hydraulic cement is not a waterproofing paint ot coating. It is a cement based waterproofing material used for plugging cracks, holes and joints that are leaking. It has been used on commercial, residential, industrial and civil(dams) construction for the past 50 years or so.

A good waterproofing coating is Thoroseal (messy) that is not a paint-type coating like DryLok. Also been around for a long time.
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Great information here... it validated everything I've planned and researched so far.

I'm going to launch into the framing of my basement on Jan 15th MLK day...I have 4 guys taking the entire week off to help so with some luck I may actually be running electric sooner than I thought.

My township goes by the "Wife Rule" which is you have 3 months to start a job and 6 months to finish or you're pulling permits again...
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Seems like this is the thread where people are jumping in who are finishing their basement. I found this forum today (I visit woodnet a lot, good home improvement section there). Anyway, I am of the opinion if you do not know where to start then you are likely in over your head. Get a couple of good books and read up. Make sure you know what you can and cant do. Sometimes it makes more sense to hire out parts of the job. For me, that's the drywall. I have done it. I have even taught a class on how to do it. My basement is 60 4x8 sheets. They will be hung tomorrow. 'Rockers' should be done before lunch. Tapers will be done by the next day. total job done in a week (dry time slowing things down). Cost is $40 per sheet (that price includes all materials) and I'm ready for paint. For me to do it myself it would take a month of eves and Saturdays, at least. So, my advice, know your limits.
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You have a very good point, except that mean you never learn the skill which is go with you for your life.
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You have a very good point, except that mean you never learn the skill which is go with you for your life.
I think you are referring to my post. Sure - Learning is key. I didn't mean to imply that one should not tackle something they haven't done before. But - They should be prepared to educate themselves and not dive in with no prep. A statement like the OPs

"I am starting to finish my basement and need to know how to frame it and what tools I need. I don't even know how or where to start." Is certainly not the question they should be asking. I'm not certain what the reight questions would be. Problem is, I read that question as coming from somone who may be in way over their head. Hence my response.
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You are definitely right on this.... Reading/Studing/..etc. is a key for DIY... I also amazed you can get such price $40 per sheet for your renovation... I think the material itself cost about half the price, plus equipment...etc... this is a good price.... I wonder this is a industry standard price though, because I thought it would be much higher than this...
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I agree with you when you say you have to research what you plan on doing.
I myself have researched and know what my limits are.
But, after doing extensive research on adding extra outlets, I was able to do it this weekend.
So, if you really are determined and are will TO INVEST A LOT OF TIME, then you can really master pretty much anything.

Kui****g:

I heard that the drywall industry standard is $2.00 per square foot to install only. (not materials).
In Toronto, anyway.
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You are definitely right on this.... Reading/Studing/..etc. is a key for DIY... I also amazed you can get such price $40 per sheet for your renovation... I think the material itself cost about half the price, plus equipment...etc... this is a good price.... I wonder this is a industry standard price though, because I thought it would be much higher than this...
Total cost $2450 for 60 sheets, ready for primer. Next closest price $5800. Rockers are here now. Should be done by 4 or 4:30. The suplyer delivered the sheets yesterday. I asked him his retail price per sheet and he said about $13 (4x8 sheets). Add to that the 5 buckets of mud ($15??) they delivered and the case of glue ($40??) plus screws and nails ($20??), tape and corner bead. I figure they are at about $1000 for materials more or less. Today, 2 men for 6 hours. Guessing 2 men for three more 6 hour days is 4 days times 6 hour, equals 24 hours. ($2450 - 1000)/24 = ~$60/hour. If the company is paying the crew $20/hour/man then thats $40*24hours to go towad overhead and profit. I figure that this company is certainly not lossing money on my job. They are not making a killing either. Sounds to me like a fair price.

Key for me is that the job is DONE! I can then focus on priming, painting, finish carpentry, finish electrical, etc. For me, by myself, I figure it would take me 6 to 8 weeks to do the job. For them it will be one week, counting for dry time between coats of mud. Drywall is about the middle of the entire start to finish of a basement project. There are lots of things that take time after the drywall. Yes, it appears mostly complete but lots still to do.

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