Insulate your basement with foam board. NEVER use fiberglass. Includes information on insulating floors, too.

Insulate your basement with foam board. NEVER use fiberglass. Includes information on insulating floors, too.

Finishing Foundation Walls: Insulated Stud Walls  Best for: Avid DIYers on tight budgets     How it's done: It's the tried-and-true traditional method: A vapor barrier and rigid-foam insulation are laid over foundation walls, followed by a stud frame and drywall. Watch a video of Tom Silva using this method to finish foundation walls.  thisoldhouse.com

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Finishing Foundation Walls: Insulated Stud Walls Best for: Avid DIYers on tight budgets How it's done: It's the tried-and-true traditional method: A vapor barrier and rigid-foam insulation are laid over foundation walls, followed by a stud frame and drywall. Watch a video of Tom Silva using this method to finish foundation walls. thisoldhouse.com

Learn How To Insulate Basement Walls Properly. Basement Insulation is very difficult to under. Learn how to insulate basement walls from industry pro Todd Fratzel.

Learn How To Insulate Basement Walls Properly. Basement Insulation is very difficult to under. Learn how to insulate basement walls from industry pro Todd Fratzel.

Closed-cell rigid foam insulation panels. I found these mentioned in Fine Homebuilding, and they definitely look worth exploring. Replace framing and fiberglass insulation. Install faster.

Closed-cell rigid foam insulation panels. I found these mentioned in Fine Homebuilding, and they definitely look worth exploring. Replace framing and fiberglass insulation. Install faster.

Uninsulated rim joists are huge energy losers. Now's the time to insulate and seal your rim joists. One option is to seal the rim joists with rigid insulation cut to fit. We recommend a minimum of 2-in.-thick extruded polystyrene, but check your local codes to see what's required. If you have a table saw, use it to cut strips equal to the depth of your joists. Then use a fine-tooth handsaw, utility knife or miter saw to cut the strips to length. Fill small gaps with caulk, and larger ones…

Basement Finishing Tips

Uninsulated rim joists are huge energy losers. Now's the time to insulate and seal your rim joists. One option is to seal the rim joists with rigid insulation cut to fit. We recommend a minimum of 2-in.-thick extruded polystyrene, but check your local codes to see what's required. If you have a table saw, use it to cut strips equal to the depth of your joists. Then use a fine-tooth handsaw, utility knife or miter saw to cut the strips to length. Fill small gaps with caulk, and larger ones…

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