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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Second Edition, Revised edition (Jan. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600852920
  • ASIN: B0047GND5C
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 23.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been planning the finishing of my basement for 4 months. I have purchased and read several books on the subject. Without question this is the most comprehensive and easily understood of all of them. It is the best. Highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on April 27 2004
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First, let me say that I think Mr German is an excellent teacher, especially for idiot novices like myself. I've had difficulty with other DIY books assuming a certain vocabulary. German provides an excellent intro to DIY in framing, carpentry, plumbing, electrical etc. I now feel I can start reading more advanced DIY books on each of these topics.
My criticism, and my reason for 4 stars, is that his story on insulation flies in the face of recent thinking about the dangers of mold in basement insulation. I suggest reading "Insulate and Weatherize" by Bruce Harley, or "Renovating Old Houses" by George Nash, or look at the buildingscience.com web site, for more information. I urge Mr German to update his book with a better discussion of insulation, mold and vapor barriers, the most mind-bending aspect of home improvement that I have been able to find.
The book also talks about water-proofing on page 46-47. I haven't seen this approach elsewhere, and I'm disappointed not to see discussion of external drain mats and so on. Every book says you have to keep plants away from the house. Well I and I suspect others can't do that and stay married, so I'll probably end up building a watertight flower box above a drain mat. This might be a good project to add to a second edition of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Taylor on Jan. 14 2013
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This is an excellent resource for someone who doesn't have much remodeling experience. There are a few things i wish there was more detail on, like installing vent fan for bathroom, and building a bar, but those are things i can look up online. Overall I recommend this bok if you're looking to finish your basement and need some knowledge.
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By Cameron22 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 16 2014
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My husband is doing renovations to our basement, so this cam very very handy when he was doing the walls, and flooring.This is a must have book!
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