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  1. Building & Construction
    I am in the middle of finishing my basement. We are trying to install a pocket door, but the beam hangs down to low . We marked what needed to be removed to clear the door, and my friend added supports on both sides and cut it before we had approval from the inspector... the beam is made up of...
  2. Windows and Doors
    Good evening all! I am in the process of finishing my basement and am a little confused on how to finish these windows. All are same as this one. I did hire out the framing and this is how it ends up. My plan was to frame inside again and then place boards of some sort into the lip right by the...
  3. Building & Construction
    Our old house has some massively long joists in the basement that I'd like to sister because of minor splits. We also have some old bridging that's since come loose. Is there such thing as "too little" of any of these or does it all help regardless of how much? For example, could I do a partial...
  4. Building & Construction
    Awhile back I saw a video of a contractor who built these 4"x8" concrete "ledges" at the base of a stone foundation (100+ year old houses) before putting in a parameter drain/french drain. These essentially served as new footings for the foundation and surrounded the parameter. Has anyone ever...
  5. Carpentry
    essentially want to replace the rotting pickets and, unfortunately, repaint. wish the previous owner just left the wood natural. as for the basement door, i was just planning to replace with a fresh 3/4 sheet of plywood. got an estimate of $800 (not incl. materials) to have a handyman do...
  6. Building & Construction
    In need of some help. I bought a house about 1 year ago and the basement was already framed up. I am looking at finishing the rest of it. But when doing some research I realized that whoever did the framing did not put a gap between the concrete and the studs. Most of the studs are right against...
  7. HVAC
    Hi all, I am currently working with an HVAC contractor to help us finish our unfinished basement. I would like to reduce noise transfer between ducts in the rooms in the basement but also between the basement and the main floor of our house. Basically I’d like the basement space to be somewhere...
  8. Insulation
    Hello In an effort to make my basement warmer, reduce condensation, stop mould from occurring , and save on costs, im planning to remove the pink batt insulation from headers and wall then spray foam headers with closed cell up to 3.7in and then just the top 2 feet of basement wall with 2in...
  9. Building & Construction
    Hi all, having lots of fun and would love experienced people's opinions on this. Any thoughts are super welcome I've posted here a handful of times about drainage problems in my basement. This part of the basement is at grade (built into a hill). House was built in the 30s in CT. A few...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    Hello, new DIY'er to this forum so thanks in advance. I'm in the process of adding a small bathroom to an unfinished basement (will be about 50 sq ft) and I've started with the wall framing and drywall. I've now begun to notice bump sounds (not creaking, more of a dull pop) when walking on the...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hi, We are updating an apartment. The bottom right window is part of the apartment (photo below). We were considering putting a door to the right of that window and creating a small patio. One contractor said it could be done and another said it may cause structural problems (it's a cement wall...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hey everyone. New to the fourm so apologies if I forget something or mess something up. Framing out my basement in Colorado and ran into a snag. My storage room door runs right under both supply and return ducts diagonally. It's roughly 74" of unsupported space. Need some ideas how to sturdy up...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    I'm looking at some options for finishing the walls of my basement. Besides cost, and potentially hazardous fumes in a fire, is there any major disadvantage of sprayfoam in a basement? I'm looking at it to solve an issue I have - moisture above grade. I've attached a few photos of condensation...
  14. General DIY Discussions
    1940s house with unfinished basement. Adjacent to the basement is a 1970s addition, on a slab. We moved into our home a year and a half ago. At the time of inspection our basement radon was higher end of EPA's "acceptable": 3.7, and the radon over this addition, on-slab was 2.6. EPA Protocol...
  15. Insulation
    I have an exterior basement wall that was "finished" with studs & drywall by a previous owner. I noticed the wall was cold, and there is a tremendous draft coming out of the electric sockets. I opened it up to peak, and it is not insulated. If I pull the old drywall off to insulate properly...
  16. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I have an older home with a soft-brick foundation. On one side of the house, with the partial basement, there is a sister wall of concrete blocks. This is where is water leaks in when we have heavy rains. I plan to build up the sidewalk and reroute the water flow. When I started to clear...
  17. Carpentry
    Hi everyone, So I’m a novice , and want to finish the basement using 2x4 lumber. I don’t have a nail gun, so I wonder what are my choices for fasteners : * fastening white-wood to white-wood * fastening pressure treated to concrete floor if I use screws instead of nails, will that cause...
  18. Insulation
    Situation: Single family home built 1995. Cold kitchen floors in the winter. Directly below the kitchen is a completely unfinished crawl space. It seems like they laid vapor barrier down, and gravel on top. There was batt insulation between the joists, but it's fallen down and needs to go...
  19. Carpentry
    per another thread, i've already investigated the Bilco/Gordon metal door route and was quoted $1600 due to the odd measurements. am i wrong to think a new piece of treated plywood would do the trick?
  20. Flooring
    Hi! my wife and I just bought the house we have rented for a while and want to resurface the basement floor. It was roughed in when the house was built, which was a long time ago, and we really want a finished floor that’s smooth. We weren’t sure if it would be better to try and fill in the...
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