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Some specific regulations covering dormer extensions are required by the building department. Check with your local authority. Create a file and detail in writing their step by step instructions. Dormers are high visibility remodeling projects. Take the appropriate steps to be both a good neighbor and a good citizen. The effort will pay off for you and your family and your good will throughout the community.
Flooring treatments that work well upstairs can be a disaster in the basement, especially if wood sleepers” or underlayment is used. Instead of risking mold and moisture damage with above-grade” materials, choose our ThermalDry® flooring system. Made from high-strength PVC plastic (just like plumbing pipe), ThermalDry® flooring tiles won’t attract mold and can’t be damaged by moisture.
The other issue you’ll have to deal with for some flooring is to make sure that the concrete floor is semi-level. One of the best ways to do this is to install a subfloor. There are a multitude of benefits to a basement subfloor , some of which being that it’ll let the concrete breath and you won’t get that musty-mildewy smell that’s so familiar in most basements. Yes, concretes a pourous material so water will condense at times and it’s nice to know that that condensation won’t ruin all your hardwork.
Bob Harris, president of the Decorative Concrete Institute and author of Bob Harris Guide to Stained Concrete Interior Floors, says caulking compound and mastic are two of the most difficult substances to remove. He scrapes off as much material as possible using a putty knife or floor scrapper and then applies a poultice to remove the remainder. For a poultice, he recommends mixing an inert fine powder, such as fly ash or hydrated lime, with denatured alcohol to make a smooth paste. Once the poultice dries, the caulk or mastic residue usually is brittle enough to remove with a stiff-bristle brush.