How Do I Heat My Basement?
How do I heat my Basement? This is a popular question…one I get a lot. There are several different types of basement heating sources you can choice from. One of these sources would be considered a “primary” heating system and the others” both secondary” heating systems. We all know it’s naturally cooler in our basement. The ...Read More
How Do You Frame a Basement Wall?
Framing all of your 2″ x 4″ basement walls is really the first big “hands-on” stage of the basement finishing project. I love to frame! At the end of the day it really looks like ya did something amazing! So how do we go about this in the most logical, simplest way? Which is the right ...Read More
How To Frame For Basement Doors (and other basement door ideas)
Here’s the question I get most about basement framing basement doors…How wide do I frame the opening in the wall for my doors? This is a very good question! And…I have a very simple answer! What size “rough opening” width do I frame my basement door? So here’s what you do… You frame your door opening ...Read More
Electric wire to purchase for basement projects
Electric Wire You Will Need to Finish your basement electric project: There are really only three types of wire that you will need purchase to finish your entire basement wiring project. These are in no particular order and they are: 12/2, 14/2 and 14/3 wire. I have wired 95% of all of my basements since 1992 using just ...Read More
How to Wire Your Basement
It’s time to wire your basement! Yippy! OK…this is one of my favorite phases of the basement project! The electric stage of the basement used to be a BIG mystery to me, until a friend of mine showed me how SIMPLE it really is to wire a basement. Yep…I said simple. It’s cake man. it’s as ...Read More
Should you install a sub-panel in your basement? How do you install one? What will it cost?
Do you need to install a sub panel in your basement to handle the new circuits you will be adding to the house? Well that’s a loaded question…and it all depends! Depends on what Mr. Ed you ask? Well…whether or not your existing panel box (load center) has the capacity to handle the additional electric the ...Read More
Basement Bathroom Projects
If more folks knew just how easy it really is to add a bathroom to their basement project I think everyone would have a bathroom wor ked into their basement design! Sure there’s some technical stuff…but it’s easy stuff to learn how to do. I’ve taught a few thousand diy’ers this stuff since 2008 and most ...Read More
Existing Basement Wall Blanket Insulation- (keep it or remove it?)
Here’s a question that I’ve been getting more and more lately and it has to do with the “wall wrap” insulation blanket that is being installed in so many newer homes. The question is: Do I remove this insulation before I build my new framed walls or do I just build in front of it? This ...Read More
Basement Windows and Doors (Egress code safety)
Egress Windows…They’re Safe…They’er Code! “Basements by nature are usually dark spaces with small windows. It’s always been one of my goals to brighten-up my clients basements to the best of my ability!” I usually start by adding an egress window if the basement does not already have one. Egress simply mean “the action of going out ...Read More
Concrete Nail Gun (Super Manly Basement Finishing Tool) for fastening your framed walls.
The Ultimate basement concrete fastening device has to be the power actuated concrete gun. This tool is oozing testosterone from the tip of the gun…oh yeah baby “this is how we do it”! In the basement we are up against one hard concrete floor, concrete and block walls and steel support columns and beams. And we ...Read More