Basement

How to Apply Vapor Barriers When Framing Basement Walls

Mike asks, “I have a partially underground basement and am building 2×4 walls inside the concrete basement walls. What kind of insulation should I use, and do I need a vapor barrier?”

Building codes require one or more vapor barriers on basement walls. Read on to find out more.

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Rolling masonry sealer on concrete block basement wall.

Sealing the Walls and Floor of a Basement in Your Home

Chris asks, “What should I use to waterproof the walls and floor of my basement?”

Sealers are available for the inside of basements, but the first line of defense is outside. Read on to find out more.

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a recently renovated basement

Basement Renovation Tips for Your Home

Finishing a basement can be a great way to increase the usable space in your home, but there are several important factors to keep in mind before you do. Watch this video to find out more.

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Installing insulation between the joists in a basement

How to Insulate Under Floors in a Basement or Crawlspace

Insulating the space between the joists in a basement or crawlspace can help reduce your energy bills. Watch this video to find out how.

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How to Finish a Basement in Your Home

Tony asks, “I’m planning on finishing my basement myself at little at a time. How should I go about it?”

When finishing a basement, it’s important that the work is completed in order. Read on to find out more.

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Radon gas home test kit.

Radon Gas from Granite Countertops

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment and can seep up from the ground into your home. Exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Watch this video to see how to find out if your home is at risk for radon gas and what to do about it.

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Converting a Basement, Attic, or Garage into Useable Living Space

While converting an unused basement, attic, or garage into additional living space is a popular option, careful planning is needed to prevent potential problems. If you take these unique planning and design aspects into consideration, your conversion will be a success.

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What to Consider When Remodeling a Basement

Basement renovations are very popular since many of the necessary elements—including the floor, ceiling, and walls—are already in place. Watch this video for tips on what to consider before converting a basement into living space.

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