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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stanley; 1 edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696227428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696227424
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Buckeye on April 12, 2007
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This is better than many books I have looked at, but if you are moderately functional DIYer who is contemplating remodeling the basement (like me) I would recommend that this not be your sole source. They skip a lot of the little details and tips that you need to really do things properly. On the other hand, they do provide ideas and suggestions that I didn't find elsewhere. I bought this book along with "Remodeling a Basement (Build Like A Pro)" by Roger German. German's book is really great, lot's of detail and DIY tips. If I could only have one book, it would be German's.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Craft on January 9, 2010
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It's an O.K. book, but the chapters on framing and insulation come up short.

For insulating and framing your basement walls, go to [..] and read all the articles. Basically, you want to install one to two inches of Extruded Polystyrene insulated sheathing (a.k.a. XPS and DOW "Blue Board") directly onto the bare concrete walls using an adhesive approved for Styrofoam or using furring strips and concrete screws. Then install your 2X4 framed walls directly against the XPS, and install fiberglass insulation (without vapor barrier) between the studs. Finally, install paperless drywall onto the studs. The wall's baseboard should be pressure-treated. Note that you do not want to put a thin, poly/plastic vapor barrier anywhere in the walls, as this will make things worse. See [..] for more info. Trust me, this is the way to go. If you are paying to have it done, don't let a contractor lead you astray... many are stuck doing things the "old way," and the old way will cause major moisture and mold problems. Do your own research, read [...], and tell your contractor the *correct* way to do it.

As for floors, use pre-engineered "squares" such as DRIcore, or large "rolled" material such as Delta-FL or Platon. Then install wood sheeting on top of the DRIcore or Delta-FL/Platon. For sheeting, you can use OSB (mediocre choice), plywood (better), or Advantech (the best). I plan on using Delta-FL and Advantech sheeting. A few other tips:

1) If your basement walls and/or floor are wet or damp, or your basement floods on occasion, you must fix this before you even think about installing walls and flooring. Do ***NOT*** install any kind of walls or flooring until you fix moisture problems.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pike on January 2, 2008
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I'm usually a fan of the Stanley Complete series, because of the detail they offer. However this one lacks a little in that department. It will provide a good overview of the tasks involved, but it does not provide enough detail to complete most of them. I've had to go to other books for things like framing, drywall, and electrical. The most helpful sections of this book deal with elements that are specific to basements like slabs and foundation walls.

The following sections are pretty good, but vary in depth of coverage:
Finishing Floors
Installing a New Bathroom
Finishing Walls and Ceilings
Preparation and Demolition
Plumbing
Cabinets and Storage

The following sections are lacking:
Framing
Wiring
Lights and Heaters

You might get some useful ideas for this book, but do not use it as your only guide.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Alex G on February 22, 2007
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This book is good for telling you how to do specific jobs in the basement, but it doesn't "fit all the pieces together" well as far as planning a whole remodeling project. Also, there is precious little included in this book on HVAC work- a crucial step to any basement remodeling project. Don't rely only on this book to take on your whole basement remodeling endeavor.

I would recommend looking into Roger German's "Remodeling a Basement" for a book that gives a good overview of the whole remodeling experience. Then, you can buy books like this to drill down on specific tasks.
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By Mandy K on October 21, 2013
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My husband loves this book. He built a utility room in our basement and didn't really know what he was doing when he started. He said this book was very helpful and had detailed information.
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By Meghann on April 12, 2013
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Did not have the information to help with an old basement remodel but still informational and good tips for homeowners
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Hoffman on January 4, 2007
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This book gives you explicit, detailed info on just about anything you want to improve about your basement. Very informative. Lists the supplies you'll need, and step-by-step instructions. Highly recommend!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Smith on March 14, 2010
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This book provides a general overview of potential projects, but no details or "best practice tips" for any of them. It hasn't done me any good at all. I still had to seek out other references for specific projects.
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