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HABSFAN2006 06-29-2009 12:48 PM

My basement project - a 2 year project.
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Just wanted to post some pictures so I can share with everyone, and forward people to this site to get some updates on where I am currently with this project. This site is a great site for sharing, and learning... Has helpmed me numerous times already.

This is a three year project not because of the difficulty, because I am doing it myself, available hours come into effect, and available monthly budget comes into effect, but we'll get there one day! :thumbsup:

The basement is roughly 1300sq ft, and the mecanical room takes about 300sq ft, and is already finished in 5/8 plywood on all walls.
The three piece bathroom(shower, toilet, sink) is approx. 90sq ft, with some space lost to stairs/closets.

So, I am looking at roughly 850sq ft basement with one bedrom, one freezer/storage room, the rest being a family room/game room, which includes a small bar area.

Start date: January 2008

presently june 2009: drywall 2nd coat

anticipated finish date, january 2010 :thumbup:

Thanks for stoping by...

HABSFAN2006 06-29-2009 12:49 PM

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RyanD 06-29-2009 01:29 PM

Looks good. Did you make your own drywall lift?

HABSFAN2006 06-29-2009 01:58 PM


Originally Posted by RyanD (Post 294688)
Looks good. Did you make your own drywall lift?

Thanks Ryan, Yes, I made it myself... :laughing: let me explain...
After searching, and discusion on this forum about drywall lifts, i decided to make my own. Dangermouse put a lot of effort into a great lift, but..... I believe in KISS principle... I googled home made drywall lifts, and invented this hybride of both ideas, i guess you could say....

note that the lower cross bracing are installed at weird angles here for comical reasons, which made the whole thing lean, but still very sturday..
When properly screwed, this frame had a lean-to off one side, and allowed me to lift up a 4x8sheet, by myself, slide up the lean to, onto the flat portion... and then shim both sides up progressivly, and screw the sheet in all in 20 minutes,.... alone :eek:! ( my wife doesn't like doing anything that would get her nails dirty, omg.... )

this worked great for 10 sheets... made up from 2x4 and 2x3's, and 3" construction screws. The screwes were recycled, and the wood was cut up for various parts firestops/bracing/headers, to bring it's final cost at $ nothing :thumbup:

to me, that is the ultimate DIY... plan.. engineer... build... recycle/re-use... then again, if we had tons of money, we'd just pay for everything and there' wouldn't be DIY!

Scuba_Dave 06-29-2009 08:54 PM

So......any Coors left ? :laughing:

HABSFAN2006 06-29-2009 09:02 PM


Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 294906)
So......any Coors left ? :laughing:

for you my friend, the mountain is always blue! :laughing:
(you know what that means, right? )

was great on my "beer wall", but the wife made me cash it in...
a lot easier moving around, and getting stuff done when the space is empty though :laughing:

HABSFAN2006 07-10-2009 06:37 AM

Why do I keep on gettin notifications that someone has replied, but when I click the link I can't see any replies?? :huh:

Scuba_Dave 07-10-2009 07:18 AM


Originally Posted by HABSFAN2006 (Post 299873)
Why do I keep on gettin notifications that someone has replied, but when I click the link I can't see any replies?? :huh:

Probably spammers posting on your thread
The spam post are then removed by an Admin

HABSFAN2006 07-10-2009 07:22 AM


Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 299882)
Probably spammers posting on your thread
The spam post are then removed by an Admin

makes sense.. cause the usernames are ususally numbers like 54949495
Thanks Dave,

diy mike 07-10-2009 10:26 PM

The beer stockpile cracks me up. :laughing:

LeviDIY 07-11-2009 08:35 AM

Great job... question: as a DIYer... for the drywalling stage it appears you are (probably thankfully) towards the end, I'm curious how many sheets you "wasted" with bad cuts (trying to make myself feel better)? It looks like you had a lot of smaller pieces in there to cut and butt up perfectly... well done!

Scuba_Dave 07-11-2009 10:10 AM

I tend to put the larger pieces in 1st
Then I go back with leftover pieces & do smaller areas
Depending upon the room/layout you can have quite a bit of waste
My main objective (everyone's?) is to keep the seems/joints to a min

Yeah - that number was one of the spammers

HABSFAN2006 07-12-2009 09:30 PM

Levi, actualy, I always install as scubadave described, full sheets first everywhere, the come back and maximize leftovers.. amazingly, i didn't scrap anything, didn't even drop a sheet :D :thumbsup:
everywhere other than around the "beer" fridge in the wall you see full sheets, 4" sections of sheets on all bulkheads, or odd holes being filled up
around the fridge areal, i put in those partial sheets on purpose for a few months, since i had to come back, do some plumbing, electricity behind that specific area, and that complete 4' sheet around the fridge will pop outsoon, to be replaced with a 1/2 ply, and will receive some sort of tile, this will be the bar area.

the stockpile is a guy thing aparently... lol:laughing:

presetnly working on 2nds coat, looking good! :thumbup:

thanks for the comments,

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