“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
~ Henry Ford, American industrialist
As I mentioned at the beginning of this course, you can finish your basement entirely yourself following. What you’re learning here will also let you hire a contractor intelligently to do the whole job for you. You can also do some of both, doing some work yourself and hire specialized trades to do the things you can’t handle.
Before you decide on the mix of work that makes sense for you, take in the lessons coming up in this section. They touch on the basic tools and techniques required for DIY basement work, plus you’ll get insights about when you might need help rather than working solo. Finishing a basement isn’t technically complicated nor are the tools needed particularly expensive compared with hiring skilled labor. Each lesson this week covers the steps involved in various basement finishing jobs, the tools you’ll need to make good things happen, plus tips and tricks for success. You decide which jobs you can handle, time-wise and skill-wise.
In This Section...
TIPS FOR FINISHING UP – FLOORS, WALLS, TRIM & MOLDING: Creating finished walls, floors and trim for your basement is pretty much the same as with every other above-ground building situation.Continue Reading
TOOLS & TECHNIQUES FOR BUILDING PARTITION WALLS: Framing simple basement partitions is easier than it looks. It all comes down to a handful of strategies that ensure things work out fine.Continue Reading
TOOLS & TECHNIQUES FOR ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING: There are several phases to every plumbing and electrical installation. You can get involved in all, some or none . . .Continue Reading
TOOLS & TECHNIQUES FOR BUILDING PERIMETER WALLS: Details of this work will vary depending on the perimeter wall system you’ve chosen, but you don’t need to be a pro to succeed.Continue Reading
TOOLS & TECHNIQUES FOR SUBFLOOR INSTALLATION: If you’re using some kind of subfloor tiles (you should, they’re great), these are the three main installation steps in simplest form.Continue Reading
A FEW FINAL WORDS: The course may be over, but your questions might not be. Click here to stay in touch so I can help you with issues that come up during the finishing process.Continue Reading