My basement in progress..
Step 1: Remove the builder's crap.
I had a 10% off coupon and wanted to maximize it so I ordered everything at once and paid a bit more to have home depot deliver it in the basement. The extra fee was 1$ per sheet of drywall or OSB. 70 sheets of drywall, 33 sheets of 3/4" OSB and 2 1/2 hours later, the 5 guys from home depot were done! They were 3 during the first 90 minutes, two other ones showed up after.
I still have a lot of wood in the garage however.. :shock:
Do the subfloor. 1" rigid foam (codebord), ship lap seams were glued with PL300 and then tuck-taped. I left a gap of ~1/4 - 3/4" all around the foundation wall. I then used tapcon knockoffs ("Powers" something, from Ottawa Fasteners, 15$ for a box of 100, 3/16 x 2 3/4 and one drill bit included per box. Philips head. They were much cheaper than the home depot and I only snapped one (while adjusting torque). I've used close to 500 so far (~15 per sheet). My makita hammer drill went through concrete like butter (well.. close to). ~10 seconds per hole. No issue with the philips heads either.
Spray foam perimeter wall, teleposts and pipes and enjoy the finished subfloor. I used great stuff with the 35$ foam gun from home depot (great stuff pro 13).
- A good caulking gun is a must. I'll never buy a cheapie again. I picked up a 13" (?) from home depot (~13$) and it's awesome. I then bought a similar 9$ for ~10$, well worth it. My cheap one will end up in the trash. This one offers so much more control.
- A good hammer drill is well worth it!
- The foam gun is soooooooo much better than the crappy plastic pipe that comes with the regular great stuff cans. Well worth the price because it offers a lot of control.
- Skip the sissy stuff. It takes forever with a hammer and tiny crowbar to get the T&G of the OSB to fit well and tight especially near the wall. I used a sledge hammer and a 5' pry bar (well worth the 15$ when on sale at canadian tire!). :thumb:
That's it for now.. I'll hopefully start framing the walls this week.