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Installing Insulation

In this video we share with you our quality checklist for installing insulation when finishing a basement.  The insulation in your finished basement project will help make your new space warm and cozy as long as it's done properly.  Since you are managing your basement build-out as an owner-builder, you need to perform the quality checks to ensure the job is done right.

We discuss frequent problems to look for when installing insulation from compressed batts to improper cuts that leave gaps.  We review where to use expandable foam versus installing insulation batts.  We also discuss the kraft paper and which way it should face when installing insulation in a basement finish.

Installing insulation is a crucial step in any finished basement project.  Along with your properly sized heating system, installing insulation in your basement project will keep your space warm and cozy in the winter.  

Noise transmission can also be reduced from the floor above by installing insulation in your new space.  If you want the best possible insulation system for your new basement, you may want to start with a foam board up against the foundation wall prior to framing.  Check out this Armchair Builder article for more information...Basement Insulation:  What Kind to Use?

 Pre-Planning to Finish Your Basement

 The Finished Basement Plan & Layout

 Preventing Wet Basements

 Getting Bids for Your Basement Finish

 The Schedule to Finish Your Basement

 Framing a Basement

 Electrical and HVAC for Basement Finish

 Insulating Your Finished Basement

 Drywall Quality Check



Stop by the How to Build Your Own Home resources page for some great articles and videos to help you become an owner builder.  You really can build your own home with a little help.  We are also covering all of the steps to build a new home at our Blog.  From choosing a plan and creating a budget to the rough-in of mechanicals, we are going through the complete process.

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