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06-05-18, 05:34 AM
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Posted By ptmuldoon

Mudding Estimates

I'm looking to get a few estimates for my basement finishing project and was curious what people think is a reasonable cost and how you think the estimates are generally priced.

This is mudding...
04-26-18, 11:45 AM
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Views: 789
Posted By ptmuldoon

Drywall Side or bottom of Soffit first?

I'm preparing to start the dry walling phase of my basement finishing, and a question on best steps in placing the drywall around a few soffits.

I'll be doing the ceiling first, and then the...
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Views: 866
Posted By ptmuldoon

Thanks for the help and suggestions. So yes,...

Thanks for the help and suggestions.

So yes, I actually went with a very similar vertical pump, which was the Everbuilt 3/10 pump from the local big box store.

And maybe a mixed blessing. I...
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Views: 866
Posted By ptmuldoon

Need new sump pump; tethered or vertical switch?

My sump just burned out this morning and I will need to replace it later tonight when home from work and I'm wondering if its just pure coincidence or possibly my own doing...

I have a water...
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Views: 441
Posted By ptmuldoon

Water Powered Vertical Float Switch?

I recently installed an BasePump Water powered backup sump pump, and it works pretty well. But the ball float value that it ships with is quite large and I'm worried it may be stuck against the wall...
12-12-17, 05:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By ptmuldoon

I have no idea what the exterior insulation of...

I have no idea what the exterior insulation of the home would be, as I did not have this home built. But do know it was built in the late 1990's.

I am in NY Zone 5 area, upstate NY area. We get...
12-12-17, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By ptmuldoon

2x4 or 2x6 insulation when in front of pipes.

I'm getting closer to insulating my basement walls as part of my finishing project, and have a question on what to do with one wall.

I already installed rigid foam to the basement walls, and then...
09-01-17, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,675
Posted By ptmuldoon

Fire blocking above Electrical Panel?

I've been slowly working on finishing my basement, and I have the walls framed out with plans to frame and sheet rock around my Electric Panel.

But now that I start thinking on fire blocking the...
08-16-17, 12:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,144
Posted By ptmuldoon

@Marq1 I was under the impression that it is...

@Marq1

I was under the impression that it is code/required to provide access to items such as water and gas valves? What if you need to turn off the gas or water to an appliance?
08-14-17, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,144
Posted By ptmuldoon

Basement Ceiling Access Panels

I'll be putting drywall on the ceiling soon as part of a basement finishing project, and need to begin thinking about access panel to specific places and have a few questions.

1. Is it best to...
08-01-17, 03:59 PM
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Views: 642
Posted By ptmuldoon

1x4 for Fire Blocking?

I will call my town tomorrow to check on any specifics, but is it ok to use 1x4 common for fire blocking between 2x4 studs? I've read it ok to use 2x4, 1/2" gypsum, and 3/4" particle board.

But I...
08-01-17, 12:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 799
Posted By ptmuldoon

Cut-Out tool dust bowl?

As I prepare to drywall my basement ceiling, I know I will need to mark and cut holes for the recessed lighting. And I was planning to use a cut-out 'zip' saw for cutting those holes and the wall...
07-31-17, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,524
Posted By ptmuldoon

Thanks for the quick response and was answer I...

Thanks for the quick response and was answer I was expecting as well.

So I'll likely being added a few PT furring strips to that wall when I'm ready.
07-31-17, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,524
Posted By ptmuldoon

Fastening drywall directly to concrete?

I've just finished framing out my interior and outside walls and getting ready to fireblock it all soon. And as I think about eventually sheetrocking, I do have one wall that I may need to place the...
07-31-17, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 790
Posted By ptmuldoon

I'm in the middle of my own basement finishing...

I'm in the middle of my own basement finishing project and did also install Rigid Foam board against the poured concrete walls and then framed in front of them, with PT bottom plate on the concrete. ...
07-12-17, 07:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,818
Posted By ptmuldoon

ok, thanks for the tips. So when I'm ready,...

ok, thanks for the tips.

So when I'm ready, I'll replace the existing outlet with GFI and then should be ok adding a light switch after it.
07-12-17, 06:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,818
Posted By ptmuldoon

Does the pump really need to be on a GFI circuit...

Does the pump really need to be on a GFI circuit or outlet? I only ask that since the current wiring (when I bought the home) is the pump is connected to a single outlet and is not on a GFI...
07-11-17, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,818
Posted By ptmuldoon

Sump pump code, nothing else on circuit?

I am pretty certain when wiring for a sump pump, the pumpt needs to be on a dedicated circuit with nothing else to avoid potentials of tripping a breaker and flooding your home, correct?

As I am...
06-09-17, 06:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,863
Posted By ptmuldoon

Sorry about that. It's Romex 14/3 wire for the 3...

Sorry about that. It's Romex 14/3 wire for the 3 way switches out to the lights.

But based on your suggestion, I'll probably just drill 2 holes through the joists, and run 2 cables through 1 of...
06-09-17, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,863
Posted By ptmuldoon

How Many Wires through joists?

I'm reading up and getting myself confused on what I can do to meet code.

In wiring recessed lighting in a basement project, I have setup 3 'sets' of lights (blocks of 4) on 3 way light switches,...
05-23-17, 11:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,600
Posted By ptmuldoon

Can lights: drop ceiling vs sheetrock

I'm trying to plan out a basement finishing project and trying to decide between a drop ceiling vs sheet rocking and potential issues with installing recessed can lighting.

In reading up on the...
04-14-17, 05:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By ptmuldoon

Thanks guys. So, hopefully nothing overly...

Thanks guys.

So, hopefully nothing overly 'complex'. But then again no plan ever survives contact.

Any recommendations on trimming the metal track and stud? I would want that cut as straight...
04-14-17, 01:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By ptmuldoon

Thanks. I was hoping/preferring to go with a...

Thanks.

I was hoping/preferring to go with a prebuilt door frame vs building one from a kit.

And yes, I already ran a top plate across the joists and will make sure all fire blocking is done...
04-14-17, 08:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By ptmuldoon

Thanks XSleeper. Possibly just 2 more...

Thanks XSleeper.

Possibly just 2 more questions as I work on thinking it thru and planning. Hoping to start the work in about 3 weeks.

As this pocket door would be going into a basement with 7...
04-13-17, 08:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By ptmuldoon

Pocket Door Framing/Trim

I am possibly leaning towards installing a pocket door as part of a basement finishing project. This will be used in dividing/creating a separate laundry room from the rest of the finished area.
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