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Old 10-08-2007, 03:59 PM   #1
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Hi all, cool forum! First post for me.

I'm thinking about trying to DIY finish my basement, or part of it anyway. I have a fairly large basement, and want to finish it in sections, starting with the section closest to the stairs. This probably won't come out very well, but here is the rough shape of the area:

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 _______________
|               |
|               | Small 6" x 12" Window
|_____          |
  HV  |         |
  AC  |         |
      |         |
      |         |
Stairs|_________|
Don't mind the parts where they don't quite line up; it is supposed to be straight (and should be in my basement!)

So basically, here is what I'm looking at wanting to do. I'm hoping to be as disruptive to concrete as possible (I don't have a lot of building experience, which is why I'm taking this really slowly, but I don't want to mess up anything permanent).

1. Insulate and drywall. From what I've read, you can avoid framing if you use Styrofoam Wallmate It seems you have to nail a furring strip in between each panel, and into the concrete wall; is this avoidable (see above reason)? Perhaps with an adhesive on the back of the styrofoam? Would I still be able to attach drywall if that was the case? Is there a better approach I should be looking at? I have poured/molded concrete walls, with ripples as the texture, so it is not 100% flat...

2. Laminate wood flooring. From what I've read, this would work well with my scenario because you don't need to water/vapor-proof, just lay the thin protective sheet underneath, and then the laminate wood.

3. Drop-ceiling. Standard approach here, with consideration for electrical and data running overhead.

4. Electrical. I would like to have a few wall sockets (the builder never ran them over to here), as well as overhead lights of some sort (there currently are two standard lightbulb sockets overhead). I have no electrical experience, will I need to get a contractor for this, or is it easy enough to figure out? I can build computers from scratch, but I doubt much of that skill will carry over.

So, with that said, any thoughts? Is non-disruption of the concrete impossible? Any other approaches for any of the steps that I should consider? I'm pretty good with tools (I've build a free-standing frame before for a green screen for a video studio, and some other things), and I'm pretty good at learning / picking up on things, but I really don't like screwing around with my house, I'm always afraid I'm going to screw something up (which is also why I'm trying to do this, trying to break away from that and get my hands dirty).

Anyway, that's it. I appreciate all help / feedback! Thanks!

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Old 10-09-2007, 09:28 AM   #2
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diffierent people have different opinion... I do not advocate nailing or making holes to concrete walls, just worrying about cracks then lead to leak... but that may be over-worrying... so I would rather use the traditional framing method: top late and bottom plate... this also gives you room for storing electrical wires/outlets.... As a common wisdom... try to stay away from new technologies/ideas most of the time... the old ways of doing things are the best ways 90% of the time...

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Fair enough, but I thought that if you used the traditional framing method, you'd still need to put nails into the concrete floor; is that not the case?

Definitely room for running power/cable/etc is a concern, but that Wallmate stuff apparently leaves a gap in-between pieces for dropping that down as well.

I would be fine with the Wallmate or framing method...whichever leads to me not drilling / nailing through my cement (for the reasons you outlined, to name a few).

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Old 10-09-2007, 01:25 PM   #4
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You are right... it is the comfort factor... leaks normally come from crack from walls... as my builders fixed one for my newhome... it seldom comes from cracks from the floor... similar most other instances I heard of... 99% fromm walls.... I am yet heard one from floor yet... not that it is impossible... it just much less likely... I suppose the concrete at the floor is thicker and water coming from below to up is less likely....
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Construction adhesive for sole plate??? Not sure if that would be okay.
Also, make sure ALL pluming and electrical are complete before you even think about insulating. You'll save time and money.

Be careful with laminate in a basement, especially if there is any concern with moisture. Laminate will expand when wet and start to buckle. Best would be tile. You could laminate as long as you have a dry space.
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I wouldn't just use constructive adhesive without nailing/screwing.... you are talking about a wall here.... well most of the time the waill won't fall..... but just not strong enough .... you want it rock solid ... no shifting..etc....

laminate is a economial and fessible choice for basement... but correct there must not be any leak of any sort... but regular concrete mositure should be ok.... need to use those poly sheet or special type of underlayment to insulated those from moisture invasion... I done mine with laminate... I think it is a great decision.... you know... laminate underlayment gives you a bit of cousining feeling... if you have kids... this is a great protection from injury...

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