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How To: Install an insulated basement floor

In this tutorial, Mat Weber teaches us how to install a basement floor. Start with an insulated subfloor system, top it with cork panels, and then top it with easy to install carpet squares. First, you will install OSB subfloor panels, these will protect against moisture extreme and can be applied directly over concrete. When you have finished installing these, apply cork panels to the top of the subfloor and press down so these don't come up and are packed down hard. When finished with this,...

How To: Finish a basement layout and planning

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to finish a basement by laying out and planning. Planning the lay-out and design of the basement is an important part of finishing or remodeling a basement. Learn how to get new ideas as you design and lay-out your basement floor plan. Viewers will learn how to finish the basement space with expert tips and advice on home improvement. Make sure the basement is empty. Make measurements and mark them on the wall or floor. For a bathroom, there should be...

How To: Understand how a basement sump pump works

This video is from AskMeDIY and covers how basement sump pumps work to keep your basement dry. The sump pump fits underneath the basement below the concrete slab. The sump pump in the video pumps 2,000 gallons per hour. The presenter turns the pump off to demonstrate how quickly the water would fill in with the pump off. He contends that the basement would be flooded in only three minutes if the pump would malfunction. The pump is plugged into a GFI protected outlet and the pump outlet flows ...

How To: Make holograms in your basement

Check out this instructional science video to learn how to make holograms in your basement. A hologram is a picture that is stored as microscopic light and dark lines on the back side of a glass plate. To make these lines, you need to use a coherent source of light like a laser. Watch this educational video to learn the necessary steps and materials needed to create your own hologram.

How To: Clean your basement

Clean your basement like a champ. The hardest part of cleaning a basement is working around all that stuff you’ve stuck down there. This game plan will help. Check out this Howcast video tutorial on how to clean your basement.

How To: Protect your basement from water

Protecting your home from water sounds like an easy enough task. It's only water, right? Well wait long enough and you'll find out that water always wins. Whether it builds up in your walls or in your basement, some sort of damage will arise due to the wet substance. But there are ways to hold back the water in order to protect the very space you live in.

How To: Install window insulation in your basement

Just like a garage, basements can become areas where you're saying hello cold air, good-bye money! This is because when cold air fills a basement, the floor above it becomes cold and can actually lower the tempature in that room. To avoid this, you need to install proper insulation at your windows. This can be an easy task.

How To: Install Dry Core basement sub floor

First, the plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) subfloor floats on a corrugated or “cleated” waterproof underlayment, so the wood never actually touches the floor. The underlayment material can be made of Styrofoam or heavy-duty polyethylene, the same material used in corrugated plastic drain pipe (one of the toughest plastics available). This underlayment creates an air gap above the concrete. Combined with the wooden panels, the air in this space provides a thermal break that acts as insu...

How To: Mix a "basement" tequila and champagne cocktail

Why it's called Basement, is a mystery. The drink itself is a bit of an oddity, but in a good way. Lemon liqueur, tequila, and champagne make up the Basement cocktail. Follow along with bartender Rene as he gives step by step directions for how to mix up this drink. Watch this video beverage making tutorial and learn how to mix the Basement cocktail.

How To: Install a Basement Watchdog AC-powered sump pump system

A sump pump is a necessity for most homeowners with basements, and if you've just gotten yourself a Basement Watchdog AC sump pump, this video will show you how to install it. This is a full sump pump, AC-powered, that you can install in your basement, either as a first time sump pump or a replacement sump pump. Find out how to remove the old sump pump, prevent air locks, insert the AC pump and connect it to the discharge pipe correctly.

How To: Install a Basement Watchdog combo (primary and backup power) sump pump system

If you want to make sure your sump pump is always working properly, a backup battery would be a good idea. But Basement Watchdog actually makes a combination sump pump power system that controls you primary (AC) power and has a backup battery (DC) for emergencies. This video shows you how to install the complete combo sump pump system to make sure the flooding never starts. Find out how to assess the sump pit, install the combo system, connect the sump pump to the standby battery and more. Ke...

How To: Fill a Basement Watchdog sump pump backup battery with initial fluid

For some homeowners, having a backup battery for their sump pump is important for making sure a loss of power doesn't cause a flood in the basement. And if you have yourself a standard new Basement Watchdog sump pump battery backup, before you can use it, you have to fill it up with the right amount of fluid. These batteries do not come with the fluid already inside, because it lessens the life of the battery. This video will show you the precautions and methods you should take in filling eac...

How To: Install a new insulated basement floor

This video from the magazine Extreme How-To shows you how to install a new insulated basement floor. You'll be using insulated subfloor, tongue-and-groove natural cork panels, and modular carpet tiles. Make sure that you take all necessary precautions. Just follow along with the video, and make sure you make the correct measurements and installation. You'll have a beautiful finished floor in no time!

How To: Install flooring in your basement

In this series of video clips you’ll learn how to install new flooring in your basement, including tips on how to prepare your existing basement floor for the installation process, the equipment and supplies you’ll need to install your new floor, and the various flooring options available. Our expert will demonstrate how to spread adhesive and apply vinyl flooring evenly, how to mix mud and apply grout for ceramic flooring, and measure and set ceramic tile correctly. Watch these free video cl...

How To: Build a walkout basement

Our expert, Ben Ingham, actually shows you a step-by-step process of how to build your own walkout basement all on your own. Why hire an expensive contractor that knows exactly what he’s doing when you can easily figure it out yourself through trial and error? Ben shows you all the materials you will need and the tools you will need for them.

How To: Install basement paneling

Paneling is so common among many American basements that we often forget that it can be installed in any part of a home. However, it is frequently used to finish the concrete walls of a basement because of its affordability, durability, and ability to make the downstairs livable.

How To: Get up and running as a seller on eBay

Experts say that every house has around 1500 dollars worth of merchandise that could be sold on eBay. eBay is a great alternative to the traditional garage sale these days, and with more and more people joining the site every day - why not get in on the action? eBay is an exciting Internet tool that allows anyone to sell anything. Check out this tutorial, for information and tips on how to start your own eBay seller's account. This is a great video to check out if you are new to eBay or have ...

How To: Build origami modules for 3D origami

This video demonstrates how to make 3D Origami. If you want to make some 3D origami animals, you need this video as first step. You will need a normal sheet of paper (size A4). One rectangle is a 1/32 of this. The fastest method is to cut them out with a knife. You will use these to fold triangles, make a "basement" and stabilize them to make rows. This is the perfect primer video for 3D origami. Learn how to fold 3D origami modules.

How To: Escape from zip ties

Zip ties are stronger than they look, and escaping from them is tricky. In this tutorial from the folks at ITS Tactical, you'll learn how to quickly escape from zip ties. If you should ever find yourself kidnapped by terrorists, held for ransom or kept prisoner in a serial killer's basement, you'll be very glad you watched this video!

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