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by Paul Eldrenkamp FEBRUARY JLC 1997 Remodeling Basements Check for moisture problems, utility bottlenecks, and code requirements before breaking out the tools urning a basement into pleasant, useful living space is always a challenge. My first task, whenever I go to meet a customer who has called about remodeling a basement, is to listen carefully to get a feel for the customer's vision of the finished basement. Next, I take time to evaluate the existing conditions, looking for items that may affect the cost or feasibility of the project. Detective Work With very few exceptions, most obstacles can be overcome, but at a cost. My goal during the initial visit is to identify any problem spots, assess