Basement Ideas for Finishing and Waterproofing

Ideas, projects and tips for finishing, waterproofing and organizing your basement.

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  • Drying a Wet Basement

  • How do you keep water out of the basement? First, try easy fixes likes gutters and landscaping. The next step is interior drain tile and a sump…

  • How to Dry Out Basement Carpeting

  • A wet carpet in a flooded basement may be salvageable, depending on the water source, but you have to work fast before mold starts growing.…

  • How to Waterproof a Basement

  • Is your basement always damp? Do April showers bring a wet basement along with those May flowers? Then it might be time to consider…

  • Permanent Fixes for Damp Basements

  • If downspouts and regrading don't cure your damp basement, the most effective solution may be a drainage system and sump pump, which will…

  • How to Carpet a Basement Floor

  • Prevent damp basement floors from ruining carpet and other finished flooring. Install dimpled polyethylene to create an air space between the…

  • How to Fix a Cracked Basement Wall

  • Cracks in basement walls are common, but they can also be a sign of a weaken wall. We'll tell you how to handle this potentially dangerous…

  • Insulate Basement Rim Joists

  • In just a couple of hours, you can seal and insulate your rim joists, which are major sources of heat loss in many homes. This project will…

  • How to Finish a Basement Wall

  • We show two good ways to insulate and finish a basement or concrete wall. A 2x2 wall saves space and a 2x4 wall is easier to assemble and…

  • Man Cave Ideas

  • Build your "man cave" in a garage, a basement, a corner of the yard, or any other piece of unclaimed real estate in your house. Get inspired by…

  • What Is Radon?

  • What is radon? More important, how do you know if your house has it? We’ll show you how to test for radon—and how to stop radon…

  • How to Plan Egress Windows

  • Egress windows provide emergency exits in case of fire. We tell you how big they should be and where you need them in your home. If your…

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