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Very basic question on doing the whole basement project

Very basic question on doing the whole basement project

Old 04-26-03, 10:41 AM
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I have a completely unfinished basement with the exception of insulation along the foundation walls, sump pump, some electrical outlets and lights, and a rough-in for a bathroom - what is the basic order in which to complete the basement ?

-I need some HVAC work done (since the vents do not run to where the rooms will be)
-framing (wood studs, partition walls, perimeter walls)


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Here is the approximate typical basement finishing order. All steps are not necessary in all basements. Do only the necessary steps. Minor rearrangements are sometimes warranted. I show only two inspections, but additional inspections may be required by your city. Be sure to ask up front.

1. Draw a plan.
2. Solve moisture problems.
3. Test for radon and mitigate.
4. Get building permit.
5. Reroute any ducts, pipes, cables.
6. Install underslab drain pipes.
7. Make masonry repairs.
8. Install windows.
9. Frame exterior walls.
10. Frame interior walls.
11. Frame subfloor.
12. HVAC rough-in.
13. DWV rough-in.
14. Supply pipe rough-in.
15. Electrical rough-in.
16. Frame soffits.
17. Rough-in inspection
18. Insulate.
19. Install vapor barrier.
20. Drywall ceiling.
21. Drywall walls.
22. Tape/mud drywall.
23. Prime and texture and prime drywall.
24. Hang doors.
25. Install trip.
26. Paint.
27. Finish bathroom.
28. Install flooring.
29. Electrical trim-out.
30. Plumbing and electrical trim-out.
31. Final inspection.
32. Have a party.
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I am going to make a copy of your list. Its a good one. I have never had a list, just in my head. So since I am getting older I am going to take yours so I do not forget something.
Old 04-26-03, 09:06 PM
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Good list..I have one that is a little different but your schedule is good for everyone, regardless of what they are doing!

Inspections seem to vary from area to area and it can be similar to the ones below....

This is what I have encountered around here....

Example 1

1. Plumbing Rough-In Inspection before concealing - If Applicable;
2. Heating Rough-In Inspection before concealing - If Applicable;
3. Electrical Rough-In Inspection before concealing - If Applicable;
4. Framing Inspection;
5. Insulation & Vapor Barrier Inspection;
6. Final Plumbing, Heating, Electrical Inspections - If Applicable;

Example 2

Rough Inspections - All rough plumbing, electrical, and mechanical completed. Rough framing is done after all other work is completed.

Drywall Nail Inspection Gypsum board installed with screws or nails complete before taping.

Final Inspection - All electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and drywall work completed and approved.

It seems that some municipalities may have 1 inspector and others have more than 1 for specific areas like electrical, plumbing.

Thanks for sharing

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