I am new to this forum and wanted to say Hello and thank you for letimg me in.
I just started my new and first project "Basement Finish". I would like to get some expert suggestions. In brief - I had some experience in cutting wood and nailing. Can someone help me, what are the necessary tools I need to buy to do the project on my own.
Do a 'search' on the REMODELING forum for 'Basement'...
You will find ALOT of information for what you are looking for.
thank you for your response.
I am in the process getting my things put in the row. I am getting ideas from my friends that I should use metal framing instead wood. I am not 100% comfortable with metal framing. It seems like it is not going to be as strong as wood. But sounds like less work. Can anyone shed some likght on wood or metal for framing my basement walls.
You can attach all your trimwork using nails on wood, rather than trim-head screws on steel.
In the commercial field we use 5/8" Sheetrock over metal studs...this helps with ridgidity. VERY solid, not so with 1/2" sheetrock over steel.
There is more to know with steel framing....than you would need to know with wood framing.
Plan on getting some good hand cuts with sharp freshly cut steel...
Steel studs are a little harder to attach sheetrock to...in terms of screwing...
Steel studs are also 1 1/4" Wide as opposed to 1 1/2" width of wood studs...
When I do basements I always use the this combination:
Metal framing on all walls.
Wood studs around all doors and windows.
Then I fit wood into the bottom track in between the studs for purpose of nailing base trim to it. (This is where you can put your scraps to use)
1/2" Moisture resistant sheetrock (green board)
I like the combo of steel and greenboard in a basement due to the moisture/mold issues.
If you are really stuck on using wood studs, use steel tracks on the top and bottome and then just slide the wood studs in and screw in place with 1" screws. Makes the job alot easier.
Just be aware:
The following is what is now being 'recommended' for basements that have had water issues...as well as normal basements.
It is also becoming the standard requirement for insurance claim repairs for water damaged basements.
It is the standard construction process that our company now uses for all our basement 'finishing' projects:
1.) Bottom plate: Pressure treated 2x4 (CODE requirement)
2.) Insulation: Lower 12" of wall cavities: Foam board (Polyisocyanurate foam core with radiant barrier-quality aluminum foil facers on both sides, rating: R12)
3.) Lower areas of all walls: 1/2" Pressure Treated Plywood strips. 3"-4" in height. These are covered over by the wood baseboard.
(1/2" Cement board may also be used)
We also use only galvanized nails and fasteners on these lower areas.
All these materials can safely handle moisture and water and dry-out properly with 'drying assistance', in the event of water intrusion in a home's basement.
Remember that ANY basement is susceptible to water intrusion from:
Burst pipes, leaks, hot water storage tank failures, foundation issues, outside flooding, sump pump failure, etc, etc...
Unlike water on other flooring levels, it doesn't have any place to go and will fill up a basement that does not have any draingage system installed (Drainage system or not, your walls and floors will still be damaged)
This is becoming standared procedure in more and more localities in my area....and it makes sense...
So, it may be something, that others may want to consider while planning to finish off a basement.
Thank you to all..
I am starting my job this weekend. Lots of input ...thanks * 1M.
I have come to a place I have decided to go with my basement finish all by myslef. The first step I got stuck is material estimation. I kind of estimating by looking at the linear footage. But is there any easy and accurate way of estimating the material.
Please let me know
This may be late as I realize this is an old post. I found the info on this thread really helpful for a project I'm currently working on, Thanks! Just thought I'd throw in, for estimating sheetrock and insulation, I found the estimation calculators on the home depot site really helpful.
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