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Q&A: Finishing a Basement Wall

Q: I would like to install insulation and drywall to finish off a poured-concrete basement wall. Although the basement is high and dry, with no signs of moisture problems, I’m still concerned about condensation. I’d like to know where to install the vapor barrier, if any, and whether there is any advantage to sealing the concrete wall with paint. More

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For What It's Worth

Acoustic batts, pretiled shower pan, drywall patching tape More

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Letters

Three-coat vs. one-coat stucco, wiring device needs further testing More

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For What It's Worth

"The Journal's pick of curious, interesting, and useful products" More

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Q&A: Best Foam for Foundation Insulation

Q: Puzzled by conflicting energy advice? We asked our panel experts to help out by... More

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For What It's Worth

"The Journal's pick of curious, interesting, and useful products" More

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Sound-Studio Retrofit

How an old warehouse was transformed into a professional sound studio — using off-the-shelf materials and a good understanding of sound transmission. More

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New Twists in Tiles, Shakes, & Shingles

NEB surveys the new species of concrete shakes, plastic slates, metal tiles, and other curious combinations that vie for upscale looks and modest price tags. More

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Case in Point: Insulating Metal Buildings

Insulating metal buildings. More

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Waterproofing Choices

A leak-free basement may not be as elusive as you thought, says Paul Hanke, who offers some tips and gives an overview of some of the waterproofing products on the market. More

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