How to Frame a Basement Wall

When you build a wall for your finished basement there’s a lot going on. It’s more challenging than framing one outside to, for instance, build a shed.

This video breaks down some tips I use to make the process fast, accurate and fun. There are some tips that I think are useful for pros, new carpenters and remodelers, or DIYers binge-watching videos like this for mining home improvement tips (don’t worry, us pros do it too.)

I prefer to use wood when framing a wall. It’s easier to cut, faster to move, way easier to fasten and 10-million times easier to customize around pipes, wiondows, doors, and the umpteen other obstructions in remodeling a house. For more ideas, visit:

The screws I love are and the insulation you see here (which I also love) is

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365-334 John Rylands Library Historic Reading Room, Manchester UK

This is an image taken in the first floor historic reading room of the Manchester University John Rylands library. This serves as the special Collections section of the John Rylands University Library (JRUL). It is a remarkable victorian gothic building right in the heart of the city’s shopping district Deansgate.

The library, which opened to the public in 1900, was founded by Mrs Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her late husband, John Rylands. The collections include medieval illuminated manuscripts, examples of the earliest forms of European printing, including the Gutenberg Bible, and the personal papers of notable local figures such as Elizabeth Gaskell and chemist John Dalton.

Enriqueta Rylands purchased a site on Deansgate, at the heart of Manchester city centre, in 1889 for her planned memorial library and commissioned a design from architect Basil Champneys. Mrs Rylands had originally intended the library as a principally theological collection and … Read More