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Has anyone ever finished their own basement?

I really need to do something with my basement, but not sure how to start.

I'm not looking at hiring anyone.

I have cinder block walls and exposed floor joists and pipes.

Any advice?
Posted by Anonymous on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM
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MrsDavidB25
by Stacey on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

 Do you have a husband? I would just let him do it.

OneAllergicMama
by Platinum Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

www.diy.com

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM
Yeah, I do. But the truth is, it'd be easier to do it myself. Plus, it's my space so to speak.

He hasn't done anything like this before either.

Quoting MrsDavidB25:

 Do you have a husband? I would just let him do it.

DisabledVet
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Go online to the varous do it yourself sites. They have great hints and tell you how to DIYS!

amber710
by Platinum Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM

My dad is BIG on DIY home updates. He always buys a book on the topic at hand and researches every aspect of the project online...becomes a self-made expert and then takes on the project with his Menards card.

So, study finishing basements like its a college level Algebra class and you are good to go, imo. :)

Ultrakiwi
by Glockenspiel on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM
Pfffffft. Some husbands would just break the house. Lol

Quoting MrsDavidB25:

 Do you have a husband? I would just let him do it.

MrsDavidB25
by Stacey on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

 Oh. Well get some DIY books, look up tutorials, and how to stuff online. You can do it!

Quoting Anonymous 1: Yeah, I do. But the truth is, it'd be easier to do it myself. Plus, it's my space so to speak. He hasn't done anything like this before either.
Quoting MrsDavidB25:

 Do you have a husband? I would just let him do it.

 

ame85
by Chemistry cat on Sep. 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM
Drywall can be difficult. You really need help to do it properly, especially if you're a novice. I would read up on it, study some tutorials, and use draft paper to plan it all out. And make sure you have a good budget because you'll need it!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Sep. 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Can you do it without drywall? Well, I know ya can. Any idea how well paint and a sealer alone hold up?

Quoting ame85: Drywall can be difficult. You really need help to do it properly, especially if you're a novice. I would read up on it, study some tutorials, and use draft paper to plan it all out. And make sure you have a good budget because you'll need it!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Sep. 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM
You have to frame out all the walls first, then add insulation, drywall on top.

I suggest using a mold preventing paint on all cement walls before doing anything to prevent moisture or mold in the walls. If you need electrical or plumbing done I suggest a pro.

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