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The Complete Guide to Finishing Basements: Projects and by Editors of Cool Springs Press

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By Editors of Cool Springs Press

A fact-filled, 240-page guide that covers each element of designing and making plans a basement conversion/remodeling undertaking. With greater than six hundred colour photos, this e-book is going into thorough aspect on the most important matters like moisture and weather keep an eye on, egress, air flow, lighting fixtures, and plenty of different concerns. It offers comprehensively with adapting domestic mechanical platforms to basement stipulations. the various featured initiatives contain completing a rest room stub-out, fitting an all-new basement toilet, insulating, repairing starting place partitions, fitting sump pumps, dehumidification concepts, in addition to many different tasks designed for livability. a different concentration new to this variation offers details and initiatives for getting older in position, together with domestic elevators and chair lifts, tracking and verbal exchange structures, and growing an available basement house. additionally, you will locate initiatives that convey easy methods to improve with luxurious facilities, together with a fire, sauna, domestic spa, workout room, basement club/lounge and extra.

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If the outside surface of the foil becomes wet, you have a condensation problem, which is normally corrected by installing a dehumidifer. If the surface against the wall becomes wet, you have a seepage problem (see pages 26 to 27). Test for excessive radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that can enter up through basement floors and accumulate, posing a health hazard. Some smoke detectors will detect radon, but only if it is already at dangerous levels. To determine if you have a potential radon problem, you can purchase a fairly expensive digital radon detector, or you can buy an inexpensive home detection kit available at hardware stores.

The new branch drain line needs to slope down to the main stack at a minimum rate of 1/4" per ft. The slope is created by running the drain line through the existing floor and tying into the main stack below floor level (see pages 192 to 196) or by elevating the fixture. Basement Construction Modern basements vary somewhat in how they are constructed, but most have concrete or concrete block foundation walls that are poured on footings and support the walls above them. The joists for the first floor are supported on the ends by sills that are fastened to the tops of the foundation walls, which they share with rim joists.

Test for excessive radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that can enter up through basement floors and accumulate, posing a health hazard. Some smoke detectors will detect radon, but only if it is already at dangerous levels. To determine if you have a potential radon problem, you can purchase a fairly expensive digital radon detector, or you can buy an inexpensive home detection kit available at hardware stores. You simply take an air sample with the kit collector and mail the sample to the laboratory.

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