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Old 07-27-2012, 08:39 AM   #16
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What made you double plate the top during framing?
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:56 AM   #17
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Make the handrail removable to get furniture in and out later.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #18
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What made you double plate the top during framing?
Originally it was because I was going to lower the ceiling off the joists. See Pic #1 in the Framing post. But as I moved on with the build, I decided to not drop the ceiling and at that point I double top plated the majority of the walls so I continued on for the most part as I finished.

If I would of not had the double top plate, then I wouldn't of had a nailer board for the drywall hung on the walls at top.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:02 AM   #19
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Make the handrail removable to get furniture in and out later.
That is my plan for sure. Might even consider no handrail/banister on the open side of the steps going down. Just the standard hand rail on the closed in side. Trim the open side out with oak or something...
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Well...finally have all the mudding and sanding done! Yeah!















Next on my list to do...texture the ceiling. Want to match whats in the rest of the house. Here is a pic of the upstairs.



I am thinking it is Stomped Knockdown but yet in areas it almost looks like it was applied maybe with a roller and then knocked down. Never did it before so this will be interesting. Thinking I may try a roll on method and then go back over with a knock down knife. Anyone have suggestions?

After I get the ceiling textured, I can move forward with painting.

Major things left to do...

1. Ceiling Texture
2. Paint
3. Finish Step Kickboards and Trim
4. Carpet
5. Trim
6. Drop Ceiling
7. Hide the Sewer Clean Out
8. A/V Built In Shelf
9. ??????????????

Getting closer!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:23 PM   #21
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How do the electricians like the SE cable stapled to the bottom of the joists?
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How do the electricians like the SE cable stapled to the bottom of the joists?
Yep...thanks to the previous home owners. I removed them all before I framed the bulk head in. Glad I did, found two cables pierced by the staple nail. Unbelievable!

EDIT: Well, I should say it was not all previous owner...I did run a couple for temporary outlets in the basement and garage after I moved in and stapled them at the time.

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:23 AM   #23
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Looks good! I plan on the same proj but my basement is "finished", if that's what you want to call it. The prev owner studded walls and threw up tongue and groove paneling w/ no insulation whatsoever. The electric is spliced everywhere and I think there's some asbestos pipe ins. Fun times!!!! Just can't throw paint on this and call it done. Gotta redo!
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it's beautiful!

How many hours did you put in and how much have you spent ?

What will you put on the cement floor?

I noticed you put styrofoam on the walls and then more insulation between the framing. Simpylfor extra R value?

Happy Holidays!
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UPDATE: 6/19/2013

Well, it's been awhile since I last posted. Since then, I have worked off and on with the basement. To date, finished the mudding/sanding, got 2 coats on walls and ceilings, installed sconce lights and recessed light trim, painted doors, purchased and painted baseboard, installed door trim, carpet installed, and finally, started to clean up some wires and installed the surround speakers last night.

Here are some pictures...

Final Mudding/Sanding Complete







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Wall Painting







Doors and 2nd Coat on walls







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Old 06-19-2013, 08:17 AM   #27
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Carpet...

Prep...









Rolling Out and Cutting





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Glued and rolling flat...









COMPLETE





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I hooked up the surround sound last night to just listen to some music...sounds good. Ordered my 65" smart tv for the wall, will deliver Saturday, so I should be playing blu-ray by Sunday!

Left to do...
Baseboard Trim
Build A/V Equipment Shelves
Wall/Ceiling/Door Touchup
Drop Ceiling
Trim Stairs
.....I know I'm missing some stuff
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it's beautiful!

How many hours did you put in and how much have you spent ?

What will you put on the cement floor?

I noticed you put styrofoam on the walls and then more insulation between the framing. Simpylfor extra R value?

Happy Holidays!
Terry
I don't even know the hours that I have put in on the project, all I know is it has been a LOT and it has been a 3 year project.

The styrofoam and insulation was for extra R value.
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