The basement in June 2015; it was creepy and dirty. John had jack hammered the 4″ concrete pad–circa 1954–in preparation for digging out the French drain.
After installing the French drain, John painted the hideous yellow walls with Kilz mold-resistant paint. He then erected the 2×4 walls with a pressure treated bottom plate. (Anything in contact with a concrete floor must be pressure-treated for potential water issues–which we won’t have because we installed a French drain!) The 2×4 wall allowed for insulation, electric and water outlets.
A marked improvement…
Nice and cozy…
Boy, do I love insulation!!! It was suddenly warm and soundproof in the house.
As of yesterday– the sheetrock is up on the east wall and ceiling, so bright and cheerful; it’s a complete transformation. I can’t wait for the painting phase.
Nice and clean and new-looking!
Prior to hanging the sheetrock and water resistant greenboard, John marked the location of all studs and ceiling joists. He also marked the floor as a reference to where the studs are vertically.
John used a WAL-Board Drywall Utility Saw to saw the sheetrock. He likes the grip on the handle and the super sharp offset teeth.
John used 1 1/4″ coarse thread sheet rock screws which bite into the sheetrock. I helped install the sheetrock on the ceiling by standing on a 2′ ladder. I held the boards up while John drilled; my arms burned until I used my head to hold the board up.
When cutting the sheetrock to length, John measured the sheetrock so that the cut edge lands half way on the 2×4 for attachment. At seams, screws have to be 8″ apart and 12″ in the field. The seams are sealed with mold resistant flex tape which were spackled last night (around 11pm).
Everything must be thought of ahead of time: electric, plumbing, gas, water–which is all on the east wall in the basement. You need to accurately measure twice and cut once. Otherwise, you’ll have holes in your sheetrock, which will need repair, and will double your work.
The east wall will be the laundry area with counter space along the entire wall. The basement will be home to my soon-to-be home-based floral business/studio www.cherchezfleur.com
To read my DIY piece on “How to Tile a Bathroom Floor” on Huffington Post, click here.
NEXT: Spackling the drywall.