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
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
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
Basement Drop Ceiling People This Way Please!
Well I think we all know how I personally feel about drop ceilings…but that doesn’t mean my taste in ceilings reigns supreme. I do know a lot of folks who love the old suspended ceiling look and prefer to have one installed instead of a drywall ceiling their basement. To be fair to the drop ceiling ...Read More
Hiring subcontractors for basement project (Potential Nightmare!)
A lot of us do not want to tackle every phase of the project all by ourselves. So…we must figure out the BEST way to subcontract those portions of the project to others. Naturally we will want to hire someone who is an outright professional in those departments to ensure we get the job done correctly ...Read More
Drop Ceilings or Drywall Ceilings (the age-old question) which right for you?
What do I think about drop ceilings? I’m not a fan! Most drop ceilings look tacky and outdated to me. I personally can’t think of any professional reason why anyone would want to have one of these ceilings installed in they’re brand new finished basement space (just my opinion:-) The Top 10 reasons why my basement ...Read More
Listen to 100 DIY homeowners who are finishing their own basements!
I get a lot of emails daily from my students. Most of this mail is questions about the basement project that they are in the midst of. But a few times a week I get the privilege of reading some testimonials from folks who are making progress with their basement projects…I love this email the BEST! ...Read More
Step by Step Basement Finishing (DIY style!)
I have a basement finishing Mind Map here that breaks down all of the stages of finishing your basement. I hope this mind-map helps to set-you-straight down that basement finishing path. This is a step by step basement finishing blueprint designed for folks new to the basement finishing game. There is a system to finishing your basement that ...Read More