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Old 04-11-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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Hello,

I've purchased a short sale house a few months ago that was neglected for a few years. Pretty much every corner of the house needs to be remodeled or fixed. I'm all set with the first floor, and my next project is the basement.
The house was built in 1908.

Here are some of the pictures of the basement, I'm not 100% sure on what to do, but I have a few questions before I start.

1) Can I destroy walls (thin wood) inside the basement? Is anything needed to support the house (other than the concrete columns @ every 6')?

2) I was planning on getting suspended ceiling for the entire place, but there are some things in the way. As you can see from the picture, the inner room has heating pipes that are lower than the joists and there's some plumbing on the other side.

3) What about flooring? Some areas have concrete, others some type of vinyl.

4) Foundation walls? What is usually done? Paint them?


Again, so many questions, this seems like a very overwhelming project, and I have no idea where to start it.
Sorry for the long post, I'll attach some pictures to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.
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Are those steel pipes for the hot water or steam heat?
That water heater really should have been sitting in a pan with a drain running to the floor drain. If that relief valve pops or the tank gets a leak it'll flood the basement.
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If you use the seach funtion and look at the thousands of post on basement insulation you can get some tips on how to build the walls and insulate the walls. In your area it's going to get mighty cold and damp down there.
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Are those steel pipes for the hot water or steam heat?
That water heater really should have been sitting in a pan with a drain running to the floor drain. If that relief valve pops or the tank gets a leak it'll flood the basement.
Those are for steam heat.
I actually don't see any floor drains in the basement... not sure what to do.

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If you use the seach funtion and look at the thousands of post on basement insulation you can get some tips on how to build the walls and insulate the walls. In your area it's going to get mighty cold and damp down there.
I will get tips on basement insulation, but what about the other questions, like:
- can I break the current walls that are dividing the rooms?
- if I want to do suspended ceiling, what do I do with the steel pipes and plumbing that is below the joists?

I will search more, I just don't know where to start? do people usually do the walls, floors, ceiling?
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- can I break the current walls that are dividing the rooms?
you have to find out what is, and what isn't, load bearing. and go from there.
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A co-worker looked at the pics and in his opinion the walls are not load bearing, just the green beams.
What would be the best way to find out?
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The best way to find out would be to hire a structural engineer to take a look.
Your coworker is probably right, but who knows if someone in the past messed with the spacing of the columns in order to install the walls.
It's pretty much impossible to say what the supports should look like without seeing the house in person.
I sympathize with this scenario because I was asking myself the same exact question about walls in my basement a year ago. I finally hired someone who could give me a definitive answer. Saving a few bucks just wasn't worth the risk of me guessing wrong.

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Thanks for the help. I had someone came by and inspect the walls, and he gave me the ok to remove the 2 walls in question...
Now I need to plan on what to do with the basement...
Probably a home theater ?

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