Finishing your Basement Can be Very Rewarding

Written by Mark Donovan


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Installing a Bathroom in a basement can be a challenge, particularly if a pump-up system is required. It is important you meet with a plumber before you start any work, as they will have many questions and requirements for your bathroom. Potentiallyrepparttar most onerous aspect of installing a Bathroom may berepparttar 100011 removal of some ofrepparttar 100012 cement flooring. This is a very dusty and messy job!

Also consider heating. Does your existing furnace haverepparttar 100013 capacity to supportrepparttar 100014 additional space? If not, you will need to consider putting in a bigger system or creating a secondary heating system.

Finally, and probablyrepparttar 100015 most important aspect to consider, is dealing with moisture. A finished basement will quickly loose its charm if water problems create mold and mildew. Basement floors and walls should be sealed and insulated to reduce moisture content inrepparttar 100016 basement. Even with these precautions, a dehumidifier may be required.

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Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and home additions. Mr. Donovan's formal education & profession have been as an Electrical Engineer & Marketing Manager.


Installing Ceramic Tile

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Note: Only make up enough ceramic adhesive for 30 minutes, as this material hasrepparttar tendency to harden up rather quickly.

Oncerepparttar 100010 adhesive has been applied, begin installingrepparttar 100011 tiles working fromrepparttar 100012 center outward. On larger tiles you should back butter them. Basically, apply a thin coating of mastic torepparttar 100013 back ofrepparttar 100014 tile prior to laying it onrepparttar 100015 floor. This will help ensure a good bond.

As you nearrepparttar 100016 walls or edges of cabinets, tubs and toilets, you will need to cut some ofrepparttar 100017 tiles. I highly recommendrepparttar 100018 use of a Wet-Saw. A Wet-Saw will allow you to make very accurate cuts, both large and small. You will also save money, as you will waste many fewer tiles with bad cuts or broken tiles. Wet-Saws are not that expensive and once you see your finished product you will certainly be installing more tile. Wet-Saws can also be rented as a cheaper alternative.

When applying Tiles, you may want to use Lugs. Lugs are effectively spacers that come in various thicknesses. I typically like to have no more than a space betweenrepparttar 100019 tiles. Employing Spacers will ensure uniformity with your tile spacing.

Grouting

Afterrepparttar 100020 Tile has been completely installed, allow it to sit for 24-48 hours before applying grout and walking on it. Grout comes in many different colors and is very easy to install. Simply mixrepparttar 100021 grout with water or a special bonding agent and apply with a rubber trowel. Runrepparttar 100022 trowel on a bias when going over tile corners.

Oncerepparttar 100023 grout has been applied, immediately wiperepparttar 100024 tile of excess grout, using a wet sponge and a bucket of water. Wait 30 minutes and again wiperepparttar 100025 tiles down of any residual grout. Wait another 60 minutes and repeat. If grout is left onrepparttar 100026 tiles to dry, you will have a great deal of elbow work scraping it off.

Letrepparttar 100027 grout sit up for 24 hours and it is ready for use and admiration.



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Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and home additions. Mr. Donovan's formal education & profession have been as an Electrical Engineer & Marketing Manager.


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