Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Installing insulation between the joists in a basement

How to Insulate Under Floors in a Basement or Crawlspace

Insulating the space between the joists in a basement or crawlspace can help reduce your energy bills. Watch this video to find out how.
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How to Apply Vapor Barriers When Framing Basement Walls

Mike asks, “I have a partially underground basement and am building 2x4 walls inside the concrete basement walls. What kind of insulation should I use, and do I need a vapor barrier?”

Building codes require one or more vapor barriers on basement walls. Read on to find out more.
Five home improvements that require Titebond Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive

Why Construction Adhesive is the Handiest Product

Construction adhesive makes these home improvements — among others — much easier.
Ceiling with textured finish

How to Soundproof a Basement Ceiling

Steve asks, "I'm going to finish a portion of the basement for my 12-year-old daughter to have a place to 'hang out.' Is there something I can do to help reduce noise?"

Start by insulating the space between the basement ceiling joists with sound dampening insulation.
Downspout extension to drain water away from house foundation.

3 Tips to Keep Water Out of Basements

Watch this video for tips on how to keep rainwater from pooling around the foundation of your home and seeping into the basement.
Rolling masonry sealer on basement walls.

How to Apply Masonry Sealer to Basement Walls

Watch this video for tips on how to keep rainwater away from your foundation and apply masonry sealer to basement walls to reduce moisture.

3 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Safety

Use these three products to add an extra layer of safety to your family home.
Boxes in attic.

Attic and Basement FAQ

Attics, basements, and crawlspaces are the least frequented areas of a home, which is one of the reasons they often cause the most problems. A regular inspection can catch potential problems—like leaks, condensation, termite activity, or the growth of mold—before they become a major headache. Read this article to find out more.

Dealing with Basement Stairs

When finishing a basement, be sure the stairs leading to it from the main floor meet building codes and do not pose a safety hazard. Possible areas of concern include the width of the stairs, the height to width ratio of the treads, and clearance at the bottom of the stairs.