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5 Reasons Your Basement May Flood This Winter

Basement floods are common during winter weather. Here are five reasons why your basement may flood this season.

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.
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How to Sand and Paint Without a Mess

Today's Homeowner Radio Listener Questions How to Repair Patched Plaster Walls and Ceilings Mia in Florida...
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Why We Use Stone Wool Insulation

Stone wool insulation, like that from Rockwool, is fire-resistant, mold- and mildew-resistant, and absorbs sounds from adjacent rooms. See why else we like this stuff!

Basement Stair Shelves

If you're looking for ways to gain extra storage space, a basement staircase leading up to a first floor is an ideal spot for shelves made from 2x4s. Watch this video to find out how.
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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.
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Sealing the Walls and Floor of a Basement in Your Home

Chris asks, “What should I use to waterproof the walls and floor of my basement?”

Sealers are available for the inside of basements, but the first line of defense is outside. Read on to find out more.
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How to Finish a Basement in Your Home

Tony asks, “I’m planning on finishing my basement myself at little at a time. How should I go about it?”

When finishing a basement, it's important that the work is completed in order. Read on to find out more.
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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.