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Finishing a basement, on a budget?


By the96stang

2 years ago



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    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from the96stang:

    SO, I just closed on my first house, which has a 1000 square foot unfinished basement. I am looking to give it a semi finished/finished look as cheap as possible. Does anyone have any advice? Any tips or tricks? Any pitfalls to avoid? The cedar closet will be coming out, and I plan on relocating the washer and dryer to closer to the furnace so that I can wall off that area as a workshop/laundry room/Utility room.

    Congratulations on your house purchase!!!!

    I don't have any advice for you since I've been going all out on my basement since purchasing our house. But I'm thinking that's why it's taken me 2 years to get where I'm at now. Hopefully one day.....

    #43 2 years ago

    The manufacture says that dricore should be attached to the floor. You run a few tapcons in around the perimeter and a few in the center.

    I hired a certified electrician to check my design and layout before I started. He made sure I wasn’t over loading any lighting / outlet circuits and verified how I was planning on wiring. I had him come back after I was done to wire the panel and re-check that I did it correctly. I also had a plumber in to do the same thing.

    Before I started my basement finishing project I had never cut a 2x4 in half. I didn’t even own a saw. I paid $99 for some online “How to finish your basement” videos and it was the best $100 I ever spent.

    #51 2 years ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    With respect, Dricore is supposed to be floating. In extreme circumstances, they do say you can attach to the floor, but doing this can wreck the benefits of the product, since the little feet are now pierced

    Well that’s weird. Because the DriCore Products YouTube channel installation video says it should be secured with Tapcons.

    The person asking the question said they were due for new carpet.

    On the dricore website, under the carpet section is specifically states “To prevent panel uplift when stretching carpet, fasten DRIcore panels to the concrete floor with flat head 1/4" x 2 1/4" or 2 3/4" concrete fasteners every other panel at perimeter edges and one in the panel in the centre of the room. Use a 3/16" x 4 1/2" drill bit to bore the holes.”

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