Can I trim the plastic sticking up from edges of my basement wall?


Come on, you can't say "nitty-gritty" without thinking about and saying it like Ignacio (aka: Nachooooo!)

Last week was sort of a bust... literally.

I was trying to whip up some healthy wheat, zucchini muffins for me and Cason and accidentally 'busted' my glass sugar jar on the edge of the counter. Stupidly, my initial reaction was to catch the jar

(to save it, because I LOVE the style of these canisters so much and they're hard to find)

but once I did so, I realized that that wasn't such a great idea.


Let's just say that the shock of finding an instant small pool of blood on the floor, from a pretty gnarly cut in my hand, was enough to almost make me pass out.

In true blogger fashion I snagged my phone to document the mess, until Cason yelled at me to stop walking around because I was leaving drops of blood everywhere.
(sheesh, where are my priorities!? lol)

I tried my hardest to get the bleeding to stop on it's own,...

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Before I got Elliot the Cat, I used to put up those plastic shrink wrap sheets over my windows (the kind that came with double sided tape). They worked well but I had to redo them every winter and I couldn’t open the windows without ruining the plastic film. I stopped putting up the plastic window insulations after I got Elliot because he tore them to shreds. This year I came up with a cat proof way to seal in the heat … take a look! (This is not a super detailed tutorial … I’m going to assume that you have general DIY/crafting skills and know how to caulk and paint)

1. Caulk your windows and prepare surface for painting.

2. Main Supplies: Magnetic Paint (I used a magnetic paint additive), Self-adhesive magnetic tape (I got them from Ebay), and Vinyl (I got mine from a Joann’s store with a 50% off coupon). Other supplies: tools for painting, scissors, ruler, and marker.

3. Paint window trims according to the magnetic paint instructions. Make sure you...

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TYLER GETS ME a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die. For a long time though, Tyler and I were best friends. People are always asking, did I know about Tyler Durden.

The barrel of the gun pressed against the back of my throat, Tyler says "We really won't die."

With my tongue I can feel the silencer holes we drilled into the barrel of the gun. Most of the noise a gunshot makes is expanding gases, and there's the tiny sonic boom a bullet makes because it travels so fast. To make a silencer, you just drill holes in the barrel of the gun, a lot of holes. This lets the gas escape and slows the bullet to below the speed of sound.

You drill the holes wrong and the gun will blow off your hand.

"This isn't really death," Tyler says. "We'll be legend. We won't grow old."

I tongue the barrel into my cheek...

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We live in an old house that has a stone basement foundation. Because the wall surface is irregular, we can’t install rigid foam panels to insulate the basement. What other methods should we consider?

If your aim is to finish the basement, a good approach would be to have a spray foam contractor apply a coating of 2-part, closed-cell spray foam against the rock walls from inside your basement. Make the final thickness of the foam between 1 in. and 3 in. Once the walls are coated with spray foam, frame new walls about 2 in. to 4 in. from the foam-covered walls, using steel studs. Unlike wood studs, steel versions can’t absorb and hold moisture or attract mold, so they’re definitely better in the basement. Your new walls can now be finished by fastening mold-resistant wallboard against the steel...

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Within about five minutes of looking at the brand new drywall in my basement I had a mild freak out attack.

If you set your electrical boxes to far back during your basement finishing project these extension pieces will save you!

The drywall guys didn't do anything wrong. They had dry walled the wall exactly as I had framed it.

This problem was that I had set the blue electrical box to deep in the stud.

So when I went to install an outlet switch or a plug it was not flush with the drywall.

In some cases they were so far back I couldn't even screw on a cover plate. I really had a minor freak out down in the basement.

I was throwing stuff, cursing up a storm and slamming back Miller Lights, thinking that all this little problem needed was some beer.

Despite my drunken tirade the problem did not go away. I determined that my only solution was to cut away some of the drywall, rip out the electrical box and then re-install it closer to...

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In this post I will tell you exactly what to buy to install recessed lights in your basement. Plus, how you can save $24.19 per light. For my basement, with 30 recessed light fixtures, that's $725.00. Would you like 725 dollars? Of course you would!

Please excuse my crude drawing. I'm trying out my ipad mini to draw diagrams. The 4 components of LED lighting are: housing, switch, trim and bulb.

My eyes are tired and my fingers are sore. Why? Because I've been scouring the inter-webs researching LED lighting for finishing your basement. This is by far my most researched article ever. Good thing, because this stuff is crazy complicated.

First some back story. When I finished my basement a couple of years ago I did not put in LED recessed lighting. The price and features just weren't all there.

But now, in 2016, I strongly recommend LED lighting for your basement. I'll have a separate article on the exact details but the price, features and benefits are all...

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