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More stories about Basement

  • Laying a Flagstone Terrace

    For a smooth surface, cut the stones to fit and float them into place.

  • Plumbing and Straightening Walls

    This quick, accurate method prevents problems with the framing and finishes that follow.

  • Stopping Condensation Behind Knee Walls

    Q: A house we built about eight years ago here in Tennessee has ductwork running through the space behind the upstairs knee walls. The exterior side of the framing has been developing condensation, but only in extremely cold weather. There are no vents in

  • Letters

    Crawlspace Mold ~ Drainage vs. Drying

  • On the Job

    A weathertight basement door; matching asbestos siding

  • Does Drenched Insulation Dry Out

    Q: A winter's worth of rain fell on a large hillside home we're building before we could complete the roof. Though we tarped the project, rainwater seeped through the first-floor decking and into the floor framing of a basement wine cellar. I suspect that

  • Installing a ScapeWel

    This oversized window well adds emergency egress, light, and ventilation to basement living spaces.

  • Preventing Condensation Under Basement Flooring

    Q: My clients want to use as living space the new walkout basement of an addition I'm building for them, but they're concerned about potential moisture-related problems with the planned carpet flooring. I've proposed installing a layer of rigid EPS foam f

  • Letters

    Dangers of oily rags; home-inspector standards; FEMA flood insurance; efficiency exchange; OSHA compliance

  • Is Drywall Needed With Spray-Foam Basement Insulation?

    Q. Is Drywall Needed With Spray-Foam Basement Insulation? When the interior walls of an unfinished basement have been insulated with Icynene (or a similar spray-foam insulation), can the foam be left exposed, or does it have to be covered by a noncombustible material?