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How to Firestop Your Basement

how to firestop your basement

One of the most common things a DIYer neglects to do when finishing a basement is to install proper firestop per code.  Firestop is required by building code to impede a potential fire from spreading- which could come in handy if you’re doing your own electrical work.  :)

You will not pass your inspections from the local building department if you don’t install firestop as required.  So don’t forget to firestop!  If you don’t know how to install it, I’ll explain the code and how to meet these firestop requirements.

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3-Week Basement Finish: How to Create a Construction Schedule for Your Project

construction schedule

Scheduling is a key component of managing any construction project.  I recently completed a partial basement finish with a large family room, kid’s study, and some storage closets, in just 3 weeks. Here’s how I scheduled the work so that it could be finished in just 16 work days:

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Custom Dog House

Gooch's House

Let me introduce you to my black lab Gooch.  He’s a good-natured, 90-pound, Frisbee-catching, man’s-best-friend.  He enjoys retrieving tennis balls from freezing mountain lakes, hiking to the top of mountains (Timpanogos, King’s Peak), backpacking into wilderness areas (Wind River Range, Sawtooths), and exploring the narrows of southern Utah (Spooky, Ding and Dang).  He’s an extraordinary companion; so of course, I wanted to build him an extraordinary dog house.  So a few years back I built Gooch a warm, comfortable, custom home using the scrap building materials left over from other jobs.

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