Basement

Basement Foundation Paint

By its very nature, a basement is below ground level and so is automatically susceptible to the problems of damp, subsequently using any old emulsion as a basement foundation paint will simply not be suitable. Instead you need to choose a basement foundation paint that is either marketed as a water sealant/barrier or at least as a water-resistant paint.

Basement Foundations

Of the three types of house foundations (slab, crawlspace, basement), full basements take the most time and work during construction. The construction of a full-height basement foundation can take two or three days. They consist of footings, a slab floor and reinforced vertical walls. The footings and slab are poured before the walls, mostly to make sure the concrete in these parts completely fills the formwork through the settling process. If wall, slab and footings are poured all at the same time, tamping equipment and mechanical vibration machinery are used to move the wet concrete into position.

Venting a Basement Bathroom Fan

Adding a bathroom in your basement has many advantages. If you are turning your basement into additional living quarters, a basement bathroom will complete it. It eliminates the need to go upstairs to use the bathroom. If you just want to cut down on waiting time for access to the upstairs bathroom, the addition of a basement bathroom will definitely help.

Repairing Basement Floor Cracks

Repairing basement floor cracks is a job that can be done by yourself without having to hire an expensive professional. Cracks in concrete flooring are a natural occurrence. They can appear as the concrete starts to dry and are considered a normal part of the drying process.

Basement Stairway Size Requirements

In this article we will be discussing the many size requirements for building your basement stairway. First of all we will mention some common terminology of stairways. The basic components are going to be the following:

    • Steps: composed of the riser and the tread.
    • Riser: the board that runs vertically to make the height of the step.
    • Tread: the board that makes the stepping surface of the step.
    • Nosing; the edge of the tread that protrudes over the underlying riser.
    • Stringer board: sometimes referred as just the stringer or string, it is the stair shaped, often precut board that supports the treads and risers. One goes on the right and one on the left of the stairway.
    • Headroom: the height from the tip of the nosing on a tread to the ceiling above.