If you are planning on finishing your basement, you should follow the tips given below. This will help in solving many problems which you might encounter when you work on the next basement finishing project. You will find it helpful for framing, flooring, plumbing, and a whole lot more.
Boost the Airflow
The coldest room present in the basement is generally the room which is furthest from the furnace. You need to improve the airflow on long ducts runs that has an in-line duct-fan. The fans are pretty easy to install. However, it needs power supply. Some are hardwired while others plug into an outlet. In either way, you will have to leave an access to the junction box which can be accomplished with a cover plate or panel. The in-line fans can run 24/7 or you can install it with an optional thermostat. You can wire it to turn on when the furnace fan turns on.
Build Walls on the Floor
While basement finishing, if you notice that there is enough space, it will be easier for you to build the walls on the floor and then trip it up into the space. However, you will have to plan for this. Build and then install the perimeter wall at first. Thereafter, build the interior walls. Make sure that you stack them up somewhat out of the corner as you proceed. You should not install any interior walks till it has all been built. This way you will not frame yourself out of the open space on the floor.
Run Pipes Behind Walls
It is easier to run plumbing at the back of the new wall prior to it being nailed in place during basement finishing. This way you will not have to drill several holes through the studs. Assemble the pipes to tape them to the foam insulation on temporary basis. Tip up the new wall and then make the pipes hang from the nailing wall permanently into place. This will make it easier for attaching the hangers. However, the disadvantage of this method is that you might lose out on a little floor space.
Plane Down the Sagging Joists
When you opt for basement finishing, this is one of the important steps that you need to undertake. Hold on the straightedge across the joists for making sure that it forms a flat surface for the ceiling. In case any joists is ¼ inch or more, you have a noticeable bump in the basement ceiling. Make sure that you snap a line from the bottom edge of the joist end to the other. Also, use a power plane for shaving the board straight.
Before you start with the process, you need to make sure that there aren’t any screws or nails embedded in the wood. You have to make many passes, each shorter than the next one till you cut down to the line. Power planers are pretty loud. Thus, you need to wear a hearing protection along with your safety glasses and dust mask.
Test the Airflow
It is easier to get rid of the problem of poor airflow for basement finishing before the drywall is up. Make sure that you use anemometer for checking the airflow at each register. You will come across this instrument over the internet.