Carpeting a Basement

By Kenzie Frisch

First thing first:

This job is an easy job, and only takes one day. It makes a huge difference in the feel of your basement, and really ties everything together. The price can range from $100 to $500.
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Tools needed for the job:

  • Hammer
  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw

Materials needed for the job:

  • 6 mil poly or High density, dimpled polyethylene sheet
  • Vapor barrier tape
  • Concrete screws
  • Plywood

Dry floor=Happy Basement

  • Always apply a vapor barrier before applying the wood subfloor and the carpet pad. This can keep moisture out of the floor and avoid a moldy carpet.
  • If your floor isn't persistently moist, you can skip the vapor barrier however it's better to be safe than sorry.
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  1. Lay the vapor barrier on the concrete floor
  2. Overlap the edges in the corner and tape the seams
  3. Apply the plywood layer over that and screw it in
  4. Consult a building inspector for further instruction on what is allowed for your residence