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I get a lot of emails daily from my students. Most of this mail is questions about the basement project that they are in the midst of. But a few times a week I get the privilege of reading some testimonials from folks who are making progress with their basement projects…I love this email the BEST!

Well this morning I was checking my email, it’s sad but I check my email first thing each morning even before I’ve barely peeled my eyes’s open, and there was a cool email from a student named Bobby.

Bobby is the Minister of the First Baptist Church in Soddy Daisy, Tn.  This was one of the shortest emails that I have ever received from any of my students, yet it spoke volumes about the successes of my basement finishing training students.

The email just said…

…Eddie look what you did!! Your training is amazing!

And below this one line of text was an attachment that contained two images he wanted me to look at. Below are those two photo’s:

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Bobby wanted me to see he had passed his Electrical and Plumbing inspections as part of his building permit inspection process!

Now this is a homeowner who wasn’t sure which end of a hammer to pick-up a few weeks before ordering my training, and he’s now installing  brand new electric systems and plumbing systems and passing rough-in mechanical inspections with seasoned building inspectors all by himself. INCREDIBLE!

I just wanted to post this to give hope and encouragement to anyone thinking that maybe they can’t do this themselves. I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN DO IT! I just had a 75 year old grandmother send me her testimonial…I’m not even kidding!

I have copied and pasted a list of testimonials directly from a word document I keep when I get testimonials from my students. These are “un-touched” and are exactly as they were when I received them from my students. I’m posting these as inspiration for other DIY’ers who are on the fence and may need a little “nudge” to take the basement finishing DIY plunge!

I DARE YOU TO READ ALL 100 OF THEM ALL! Because… if you do, will be left with no other choice but to “put your tool belt on” and start that DIY basement project yourself!

Eddie

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Eddie & Tom,

I love the video series.  It’s been very helpful.  I could not have attempted to finish my basement without it.  I really like how you explain things so that a novice can understand.  Most of the videos on line don’t go into detail, and assume that I know how to do certain steps of a project, when actually if I knew, I wouldn’t be looking for the info!!!!   Thanks again for a great video series.

Joe Dinardi

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Eddie I am sure you hear this regularly but your videos are great.  I just finished my basement with the confidence that I got watching the short clips on youtube.  After seeing how mine turned out other people want me to finish theirs.  While completing mine I did learn from a few mistakes but I had all the time in the world to work on it.  But when I am in someone else’s home I want to be as efficient as possible and still do it all correctly.  That is the reason I purchased your video series to prevent myself from having to learn from my mistakes. Thank you again for the link and making these videos. Be well, Scott ==================================================================== Eddie, These videos are amazing! My husband and I have framed our basement in almost two weeks! How do you clean a basement? I have swept, mopped, vacuumed and when I shoot a nail gun a puff of dirt blows in the air!!  I am at the point where I want to power wash it down the drain after I finish framing and before electrical. What do you do? Cynthia ==========================================================================

 Hi Eddie,

I’m making pretty good progress on my winter project.   Just had my framing and electrical inspection.  I still have plumbing to do before I can start the drywalling phase.

I appreciate your videos, they definitely gave me the confidence to do this on my own.

Thanks,

Brad

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Hi Eddie,

I wanted to start by saying your video’s are fantastic!  People would foolish to not take advantage of the great value you’re providing.  Prior to coming across your videos I had purchased a few books and consider them a total waste of money.  Your videos are so much more comprehensive and you cannot beat the visual step-by-step instructions.

Thanks for you help.  I am looking forward to watching the rest of the videos.

Fred Jaehnke

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Mr. Case,

First I love the videos. I am a mechanic by trade and have never spent any time doing any woodwork. The videos are very informative and the step by step presentation is just the help I need. I have learned a lot just by watching them. My wife and I just bought our first house in October, and are having to fix several other issues before I can justify spending the money for the full project.

So I will be working on the basement one section at a time. In fact I am starting at one garage door and will work my way around the basement. This way I can get a bit of practice before I tackle the “Finished” areas. I will be happy to send you pictures before and after each step. It’s going to take a while but it will get done. Again thanks so much for the videos, they have helped me solidify my plans for the man cave.

James Shaw

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Eddie,

The videos have worked out very very well. I have mainly used the framing and drywall videos. What is great is that I do a project and then months later am ready for the next. I forget many of the detailed steps and shortcut, but a quick re-watch gets me up to speed. It has been worth it. I will dig around and see if I can come up with some before and after pics.

Thanks,
Scott S.
Utah

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Hi Eddie,
A little over a month ago I said I'd send some pictures
of the finished product, so here you are. This is the
first job I've ever done. I have always been handy,
but didn't have a clue how to tackle this project.

We were originally going to contract out everything
but the framing. My son was diagnosed with cancer
a little over year ago and his medical costs eliminated
that possibility. I did everything but the plasterwork
and a little bit of the electric that I wasn't comfortable
with.

Saved a ton of money and we're all really happy
with how things turned out. We added just under
a thousand square feet of space with an additional
bedroom/office space, a playroom, a half bath, and
an entertainment area with a built-in entertainment
center which I made from kitchen cabinets.

Thanks so much for all the videos,
definitely could not of done this without following
your guidance every step of the way!

Best,
John Urban

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Eddie, you are like the older brother I wish I’d had that I could have worked alongside and learned from. You explain everything so thoroughly and simply that even a novice like myself “gets” it. I sit here and nod “yeah..ok…I got that…” while I’m watching the video series I purchased.

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Hi Eddie,

I wanted to start by saying your video’s are fantastic!  People would foolish to not take advantage of the great value you’re providing.  Prior to coming across your videos I had purchased a few books and consider them a total waste of money.  Your videos are so much more comprehensive and you cannot beat the visual step-by-step instructions.

Thanks for you help.  I am looking forward to watching the rest of the videos.

Fred Jaehnke

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Hey Eddie,

Watched 5 of the rough plumbing videos. Just want to compliment
you and Tom on an excellent presentation. I love the complete detail you
go into on each step. Gotta say well worth the cost. Looking forward to
all the rest of the stuff. Walt Konopacki
PS: Love Tom’s work clothes, definitely well broken in and love
the “Tom was here” under the floor. Finally took down some wall paper in
the kitchen. On the wall were the names of the prior family members with
their birth dates. Thought that was pretty cool.

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Eddie,

Very interesting day went through some of the videos especially liked the mind map exercise and the tutorial on the Home Designer Suite.  Good detail and made the use of the product easy.  I purchased and downloaded the 2014 version from Amazon for $99 best money I spent. In a few hours I completely layed out the current version of my basement and was able to look at it without all the junk that we have in the areas now and beginning to see some possibilities for the future design.  Outstanding work Eddie like what I see so far.

Thanks

ED

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Will do Eddie, I must say that I feel very accomplished today and scored a few extra points with my wife for finishing the framing, building soffits etc and getting everything plumb and level.

Joe Hardwick

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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Eddie

Thanks so much for the prompt reply, Eddie, re-sending it did the trick!

I’m in the midst of a whole house remodel and your basement series has been instrumental in helping me get a few projects knocked out.  So much so that since I have a kitchen remodel in my near future I figured I’d pick up that series and start getting familiar with them.  Thanks for producing such a great product, I’ll let you know if I have any questions!

-Jim

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Hi Ed

Love your videos. I have finished a couple of other basements. But I really did not know what I was doing. This is the first time my drywall edges actually landed on studs. I also bought a nail gun. What a difference that has made so far. I am now starting to build a built in cabinet for my electronics. I will let you know how it goes.

Mike Greene

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Thanks for posting all of your how to videos. You gave me enough confidence to start finishing my own basement.

Mark Johnson

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I would like to say thanks for doing this. Any hesitations I had about doing some work in the basement have mostly been put to ease thanks to these videos. Very informative.

Jeff Morgan

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Hello. I bought the Basement Finishing A-Z videos yesterday evening; I haven’t been able to stop watching them since then. I love it! Any news on when new videos are coming out?

Michael Lessard

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Eddie, how can I get in touch with you to ask a question about two of the videos I recently purchased? I bought the A to Z set. BTW, they are very informative. Thanks for putting the effort into this! This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for to finish my basement.

Steven Pletcher

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Great videos…..I am considering doing my basement and stumbled across your videos…..I stayed up last night till 2AM watching…I felt like a kid on Christmas morning……great job!!

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Just bought the pro-series videos. Love your work and keep it up. Downloading them now and can’t wait to watch. I hope this takes off for you. Good Luck!

-Jared

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Hi Eddie, Thanks so much for the videos. They are by far the best instructional videos on the market for remodeling. I also wanted to check and see if the “Finishing Touches” video had been completed yet. Thanks again,

Jerry Goodson

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To test your product I bought the framing videos. I enjoyed them so much now I want to round out my set with the remaining videos from the $147 package you offer. Can I pay the difference between the initial $69 and $147 videos to download the remaining videos associated with the A to Z series?

Thanks,
Jim Arend
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Dear Ed,
Thank you so much for having such informative videos training for people like me. I have zero experience when it comes to framing the basement. Before I purchased your videos I went Lowe’s and bought 45 pieces of 2 x  3s to put up the basement framing which was recommended by the Lowe’s people, What a joke? After watching your videos that I purchased, I returned some of my 2 x  3s and bought some 2 x 4s. Now I spend most of time in the basement after I get out from my job and away from my mother -in -law, LOL.

Once again, thank you so much!
Sam

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Eddie, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your videos.  I found you on YouTube and appreciate that you had posted enough of the framing video to show my Dad and I how to frame my basement (which we did today–see picture below.). All 16″ on center.

Your YouTube video was so good, I decided to purchase the full framing and building inserts videos so I could try to build an entertainment wall at the far end with build in shelving/tv area.

Thank you again.

Doug

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I’m a 20 year drywall/painting contractor that was looking to expand my knowledge of other trades and hopefully my business. I happened to find you here and was skeptical about learning anything from a video. But i have to admit after purchasing one of your videos I’m convinced you know your stuff. I appreciate the fact that not only do you explain things in detail you also make clear why you do things the way you do to avoid future headaches. I now have purchased several of the videos and have others on my wish list. Keep up the good work.

Brian

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Hi Eddie,

I just wanted to say that your videos are awesome!!

I have been up late every night watching you give us tips on how to work like a pro!

I did have a question for you. I am putting a bathroom in where the main sewer line going out is about 2 foot off the ground. Can I use an up-flush toilet in this case?

If so what brand and model would you recommend and Do you have a video for installing up-flush toilets?

Thanks a lot,

Merry Christmas…Mike

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Thank you for producing such an outstanding and to the point series of training videos. I just purchased the Pro Video Series and can’t stop watching them. Your videos have given me all the detailed instructions I need and the confidence to finish my basement.

Can you let me know when your Drywall video will be available? I looking forward to seeing that one too.

Merry Christmas,
Afshin

 

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You the man Eddie!  I have been telling others about how great these videos are.

Thanks again,

Andrew

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Eddie,

I’ll be looking for that drywall video as well! Thanks for adding to your library of topics. I bought the Basement A-Z series and have been thoroughly impressed with the level of detail. Do-it-yourself TV has nothing on you guys! Keep up the good work!

Butch Spencer

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Thanks for the videos, Eddie. The information is quality and has helped give me direction as I continue with my basement project. Cheers!

Ed

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Hi Eddie

I have bought all your videos, they are best basement finishing video. I seen all 27 videos . I learned lot , and able to finish my basement myself. I think every home owner should buy these video, and save lot of money by doing work by himself. In books you will miss so many things, things you explained in video , can not be explained in books.

Even somebody does not know english, still can learn lot of things.

Thanks for making these video.

Jasbir Bering

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Eddie,
Hello, my name is Frank Nowicki and I've already purchased the a to z videos, and  by the way they were amazing! Thank you! Could have not done what I've completed    already without them! My basement is almost done, drywall this weekend!! I can    send pictures if you want? But I'm very patiently waiting for the wet bar video??  When will that be ready?? Please let me know, thanks again
-Frank Nowicki

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Hi Mr. Case, I purchased your videos about a month ago and just finished all of them.  They are absolutely amazing.  You did such a great job putting these together.

Great Job!!!!!!

Jed Ruter

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Eddie, I am PhinZach54 from the youtube page. I bought the pro series on the 16th and was hoping to get the 2 new videos. I also was wondering when the wet bar video would be available for purchase. I love your videos and have really enjoyed the process. I appreciate your hard work. you do a great job. thanks so much.

Matt Gabelman aka PhinZach54

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Eddie,
Thanks for re-sending plumbing videos 1 and 4.  FYI, I found out that I needed to download those two videos in ”standard definition” to get them to work.  All other videos on the total basement package worked in “high definition” except for those two.  Let me know when you finish up your drywall video.  If you ever need me to write a positive review of these videos, I can do so with honesty.

Shawn

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Hi Eddie,

I downloaded your videos last week and think they are great.  I don’t even feel bad that they’re on sale now for 1/3 off…. They are worth every bit of the $149.  I paid.  There aren’t many things I buy that I would say that about.
I haven’t finished looking at all the videos yet,  not even half,  but feel confident they will all be as good as those I’ve watched.  There’s a ton of material included in the package!

Thanks for producing them.  It took creativity, a leap of faith,  a great deal of work, and a desire to create something of lasting value.  Your presentations are clear, down to earth, and as good as any on the job training one could get in a real life situation.  Not glitzy Hollywood, but rather, real, useful information intended to teach.   By the time I’m finished viewing all the videos and finishing my basement,  I’m sure I’ll feel like I know you better then most people I know.

Thanks again,

Richard Olson

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Hey Eddie and guys!  I bought the full series and love it!  I feel very empowered now to finish my basement – which means a whole lot to my family!  I have always been somewhat handy, but intimidated by framing – especially connecting to existing walls and spaces until these videos.

Thank you!

Scott Cook

Cumming, Georgia

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Eddie…Thank you for producing such an outstanding and to the point series of training videos. I just purchased the Pro Video Series and can’t stop watching them. Your videos have given me all the detailed instructions I need and the confidence to finish my basement.

Can you let me know when your Drywall video will be available? I looking forward to seeing that one too.

Merry Christmas,

Afshin

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Thanks ! It worked after re- downloading ! The part 1 plumbing series didn’t show how to glue the 2 ” PVC pipes to the elbows. Do you use some primer before applying the glue? Please clarify.

Any ways:

Wow ! That’s all I have to say !! Just finished watching part 2 of the plumbing video series…..It is NOT rocket science ! I am so educated and inspired now that I can’t wait to start my basement project.

I will first complete watching the A-Z series taking notes of all the items I need to buy from HD.

You are another version of  Mike Holmes (the Canadian home reno guru !) advocating for  DIY  projects.

I am so glad I bought this. Good job !

Regards.

Srini

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I watched most of the framing videos that I have purchased on your web site. I just wanted to thank you for the great videos. You really put a lot of time and effort creating these videos.

What I like the most is the step by step instructions and your way of explanation. You are not only great with your hands but you are also a great communicator. You have done a fantastic job!! Keep up the good work. The videos I have purchased are worth every penny. Can't wait to move in to my new place and start framing my basement. 
Thank you very much 

Saboor

Hi Eddie,

 

I have a question on the design video I was wondering if you could help me with? What kind of door jamb do you put on the door in front of the electrical panel? Do you use a split jamb and not put the back half on, or do you put the door on before you put the wall in place? It looks so tight, I’m not sure how you accomplish that. Thanks in advance. I have all you videos, so far, in preparation for completing my basement. I have learned a ton. You have taught me things that were keeping me from moving forward on my own, like how to jack the floor to change the plumbing, etc. Awesome information.

Respectfully,

Robert Flaugh

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Eddie,

I have now watched almost every video in the box set (except the drywall videos, I don’t have them).  I will have to say these are the absolute best how-to videos I have ever watched.  I wish I would have watched these when I moved into my house I could have saved myself a lot of hassle on some other home improvement projects.  I feel so confident I can finish my basement myself now. Things I spent years scratching my head on how to solve, these videos easily answer.  Thank you for putting this together.  I hope this video project is a great success for you.  I’m extremely curious of your next release (of course I already have these, so not sure I will need more videos, but I’m kind of addicted to watching them now).  Absolutely awesome!

My question to you on this is how much does it cost for me to add the drywall videos to my existing box set.  I purchased that set for $150, but drywall was not avail at that time?  I’m not sure I want to hassle with drywall, but after watching your other videos, I feel like I’m able to do a lot more than I thought I could do.

You should sell basic consulting services as part of your video package… you really are one of the best teachers I’ve seen. You are right, there isn’t anything out there as good as this.

Thanks,

Todd

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EDDIE

VERY WELL DONE, YOU REMIND ME OF MIKE HOMES DOING IT RIGHT NO SHORT CUTS AND IT SHOWS IN THE FINISHED WORK. I AM ARCHITECT AND I SEEN IT ALL,WELL DONE

DANIEL GARVIN

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Eddie,

Just want to say you rock dude!  Since downloading your video series my brother and I totally gutted a once flooded basement and then completely rebuilt. The video series was awesome. People in the business said it looks like a professional job. I owe it all to the videos. Thanks!

Brent

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Dear Mr. Case,

I want to say thank you for putting together such a great series of videos. I’m an auto mechanic by trade, and have no experience with residential maintenance and repair whatsoever. I purchased your videos to learn the basics of installing drywall, framing, and electrical because of recent damage from a leaky roof. Your work has given me new confidence in starting the repair process and will save me hundreds of dollars. Just today, I inspected a bathroom light switch I need to repair, and because of your electrical videos I actually understand the basics of wiring the switch. I have learned more from one video than I have in 20 years asking friends, coworkers, trade folks, and staff at Home Depot. Thank you again and yes, please launch your new videos as I want to hand down your knowledge to my 3 sons.

Renato

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My man! I’m tellin’ ya… I love your videos a lot! Now you got me all excited to do my basement LOL. I am curious if I can pay you a consultant fee to help me design my basement? I would sure like your input as to where to place a batchroom and what to do with MY poles. Your videos did help me with ideas as to what to do but would like your input as well.

Thank you,

Ken Pasque

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Eddie You are THE BEST!

I want you to know I am a 51 year old mother of 3, Information Technology manager.  I have over the years assisted my family members with small projects like a deck or shingling…. But have never done ANYTHING like this.

So far I have framed all the walls myself (hired a contractor to put in my headers, I know my limitations)

I drilled all my own electrical holes, hung all my switch & outlet boxes, as well as placed all my can lights, ceiling fans, and smoke detectors! I was able to save THOUSANDS with my electrician thanks to you! He was so blown away by all the work I had done before he arrived, after a walk thru, he quoted me 1/3 of the price he had on the initial quote! He said since I had it going on, if I went and got the wire, he would just charge me a discounted hourly rate & no mark up on materials!

Two great built ins thanks to you as well!  I just finished putting in all my insulation! I have a few things to finish and it is on to drywall!

I have made a few silly mistakes, why? Because I didn’t pay attention to something you had said! Watched the video, and corrected it!

I am aTRUEbeliever! You have given me more confidence than I have ever dreamed imaginable! I am a “desk jockey” as they say! Using nail guns, saws, staplers, levels etc… Who knew!

Without a doubt I could never have done ANY of this without your step by step instruction!

Thanks Eddie!

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Hi Eddie,

Basement is coming along fine but slow. I can only put in few hours a week due to my busy schedule and I have completed 40 % of the framing after watching the framing video.

I like they way  you explain things and also when you put extra emphasis on important points. The pop up comments on the screen is also very helpful. Overall your video is great for an armature to a novice. I have yet to watch other videos but will do it as I progress with the project. Before buying your video I tried reading different books on the basement finishing but it didn’t help me as much, I realized it makes much more sense and you understand it better when you watch a demonstration video.

Thanks,

Zaki

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Eddie,

I thought about taking some photos or video of my first attempt at framing the basement using information from a well-known basement finishing book; however, after watching your framing series I was in too much of a hurry to tear out all of my efforts thus far and start over.  That’s right, I had to take it all out because I was framing 10′ sections of wall and spacing my studs correctly; however, the next 10′ section of wall did not continue on with the spacing from the first wall section and my drywall would have been a huge challenge!  I also didn’t frame through the windows and then frame them out afterwards (much better technique and end result) and a lot of corner studs were not in place at wall intersections.  So, after having about 70% of my exterior walls framed they were torn down and redone.  Good thing I bought your videos because now my basement is completely framed and should be having my rough frame, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical inspection next week!  I also really liked the idea for the stairwell – I framed a landing to extend the space from the last step to the wall and also framed out for banister and rail system just like you explained how to.  It came out perfectly and was very easy!

Jeff King

Nebraska

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Eddie

All in all your videos have helped me save thousands of dollars by doing everything myself – plus I now have a nice tool collection for future projects.  One bit of advice that I would add is to tell those weekend warriors to only purchase enough wood to last them the weekend.  Anything more will be nice and twisted in a couple of weeks!

Thanks for all the advice,

Aaron Galer

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Eddie,

Just want to say you rock dude!  Since downloading your video series my brother and I totally gutted a once flooded basement and then completely rebuilt. The video series was awesome. People in the business said it looks like a professional job. I owe it all to the videos. Thanks!

Brent

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Thanks tons Eddie. It’s such a huge relief to watch you pros go at it, take notes, head to Home Depot and be able to talk some of the talk, and then come home and build. I am a software engineer, and my wife has never been impressed by what I do. Once she saw me hook up a three-way switch in the basement, she said, “Wow, that’s cool!” I was her new hero. Your videos also do wonders for marriages. ;)

I just hauled the drywall in and am getting ready to do the ceilings.

Thanks a million guys!

Jamie King

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Hey guys! We have finally finished phase 1 of finishing our basement. I would love for you to take a look! Thank you so much for making your video series, we are working on insulating right now! Blessings!

Emily Straw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWbJUJyqVN0   (Her Job plugging us!!!)

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Eddie,

I purchased your Pro Video A to Z series videos earlier this year, and without doubt, it Is THE BEST INVESTMENT I’VE EVER MADE!!

I am still in the framing and wiring stage, and I’ve watched some of your framing and wiring videos 2 – 3 times as refreshers before I “get back at it”.

The beauty is that the information is “always there – just waiting for me to access it” – and you take all the mystery out of the things that seemed so complicated!!

Thank you for what you have provided to us “run of the mill” homeowners and carpenter wannabee’s!!

Do you have any videos on building a complete home bar ?   I’ve seen your wet bar video – but I’m talking about an L-shaped bar with built-ins, tappers, etc.

If you do – please let me know!!

Thanks again, and a very prosperous New Year to you!

Bob Miller

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Thanks Eddie for the quick response.  The BFU website is fantastic.  Brilliant idea! Again, congratulations and thank you for sharing your “hands on” experience.

Wayne Scheipeter

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I cannot tell you how happy I was to discover your YouTube videos. I was more happy to discover that you had a detailed video series. I bought it as soon as I learned these were available.

I do have at least one question.  Maybe I have not seen the video that covers this yet. But, How do I attach the top of my outside wall where the floor joists are parallel with the wall?

My guess would be to attach short blocks between the joist and the sill plate at intervals.  But I need your guidance on the details of how this is done, which way to attach things, where to snap the line, etc.  I watched the video where you used the plumb bob to locate the line. But that video did now address the parallel joist problem and how to solve it.

Thanks for the fantastic videos.

Gregory  Pruitt

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I have to say Eddie…your videos are freekin awesome.  Very smart move on your part.  Well done.  I’m about halfway through them. If you need an endorsement for anything, let me know.  I’d be happy to sing your praises.

Dwayne

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Eddie,

Jim Delawder here, I purchased the basement video series from you going into the latter part of last year, and I’m glad I did. The whole set is full of nothing but the very information that one needs to complete the finish of their basement. Job well done, you accomplished what you intended to do. Congrat’s!

With that said, I do have one question about, block nailing. In the video series, framing video #2, your showing how to block nail the wall, with the wall that you are nailing to, it is a poured concrete wall. My basement wall’s are block. My question is, would I still use a ramset and set the nail with it, or is there another way for block nailing into a block wall?

The reason for the question is, I question whether the use of the ramset would be to much of a shock for the block and would crack or bust it apart.

What are your thought’s, and what method do I use.

Thanks

Jim

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Eddie,

Thanks for reading my question. I purchased the A to Z set of videos and I’m VERY VERY VERY pleased with them. I’ve already started framing my first wall. With the help of the videos, I was so confident and I was able to get my first wall installed with almost NO problems (other than smashing my finger!!) haha.

Isaac South

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Hi Ed, I love your videos, they are very informal and very professional.  I recently purchased your package from the Basement Store and showed my dad who is a carpenter for 25 years.  He says your methods make a lot of sense and is amazed with your knowledge and teaching skills, I can only say the same.  There is one thing I noticed though you don’t have anything on flooring, weather it is tile, carpet or laminate flooring.
I wanted to get your opinion.  I noticed you always finish your basements with carpet.  First of all I’m a little surprised none of your customers have asked for laminate flooring, I thought that was the modern thing to do.  Is there a reason you don’t do laminate flooring, personally I like it better than carpet.  I have hardwood upstairs and I know you cant do hardwood downstairs because of the humidity so laminate is what I’d like to do. I understand the basics of installing laminate.
Step 1: Install a subfloor, such as dricore
Step 2: Install an underlayment
Step 3: Install the laminate
Where would you put this in your list of step by step?  I’m kind of thinking this should be done right after the drywall phase and before the trim, correct me if I’m wrong.  It would be nice if you can make a video on this some time in the near future.

Thanks for all your help,

Regards,

Mario

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Eddie,

Your videos are very informative. I have done a decent amount of remodeling over the years, but your videos give me a lot of tips on how to do some things better or easier. Sure beats watching DIY or HGTV where they either skip over the actual work or totally show you the wrong way to do something.

Good luck with the sales.

Peter Toone

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Hey Eddie,

Just wanted to send out a quick thank you for these awesome videos. I’m a Retired Green Beret and have been getting ready to make over my basement. Unlike Afghanistan, I didn’t have a battle plan on how to attack this mission. Thanks to you, I feel more than confident on this ambush. One question though, I bought the four framing videos first and then bought the A-Z pro video. Is there anyway getting a discount? Either way, very excited to start my project and thank you for these great videos.

Thanks

Brian barley

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Thanks again Eddie. I have to tell you I’m addicted to these videos. I can’t stop watching them, a lot of great ideas. Thank you for putting out a great collection. Also, just noticed your kitchen remodel videos. I’m saving up and hope to catch them on sale.

Thanks Eddie. ;)

Joel Romero

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Hi Eddie,

I bought your built-in and electrical videos and they were great!     I knew very little about electrical before watching your videos. I after  watching them,  I fired my electrical contractor and wired ( all by myself) the home theater I am now building with 2 Lutron Grafik eye controllers. Saved $5000! I even installed a three way switch for a pool table in another section of my basement.   All passed inspection! I wish I had found your video before hiring  my contractor  who did the framing.

Question: Does any of your videos cover floor such as laying vinyl or carpeting. Also thought I saw somewhere that these was a bar building video pending.  It that still in the works.

Thanks for your time and keep up the great work !

Steve

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Eddie,

Someday when this project is finished, I will send you the before and after pictures.  Your videos have helped me beyond all expectations.

When I’m done I think I will be able to be a G.C. if I ever want to build myself a new house.  I have learned so much!!!

Thanks again!

Todd

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Hello. I ordered your complete set of Basement Finishing Videos on 2/3/14 so let me begin by saying that I have watched almost all of your videos and can’t imagine doing my basement project without them. Prior to purchasing this video set I was buying as many books on the different basement topics as possible. The reason I was constantly buying different books and some multiples on the same topic was because none of them were ever 100% clear on the steps of doing things. Your videos solved that. Thank you very much. I have already begun recommending your videos to my friends.

Thanks a bunch.

Steve

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I just wanted to say Thank you for the videos you have posted on youtube. Being a woman, no one ever wants to train us to do these kinds of things. I was forced into learning how to do most of the remodeling and repairs at our home when I was a child along with my other two sisters. Our father lost his eye sight and well, I guess most of it was left up to us. My father passed away 3 weeks ago today. I’ve decided that I will never let the fear of not doing it right, get in my way.

I just felt that I needed to say Thank you, and I really enjoyed learning from you guys. I’m in the middle of changing my den into a master bedroom and adding a walk in closet and another bath. I’ve never had a walk in closet so it should be an experience for me. I wish my father could have been here when I finished it. Three years ago I helped with the project of remodeling his bathroom. We removed his tub and put a walk in shower in so we would be able to pull his wheelchair in. But having three daughters, that never happened. He’d never get undressed around us. He could have put a towel over that thing! But that was my father for you. He was 90 years old when he left us. And I miss him so much already.
Anyway I hope you continue putting these out there, I’ll keep on learning from you guys.
Hope you have a very Blessed day
Lori Orchid Sloan
inNashvilleTn.

Lori Orchid

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Just wanted to let you know that I purchased your Basement Finishing video last year and though I’m not under any pressure to get it done and I’m 56 years old and have never attempted anything like this before, I have my basement framed and electric almost done so I can get inspected and I have learned a great deal from your videos. I’m having fun doing it by myself and can’t wait to get done to see what it looks like finished. I have learned about tools I’ve never touched before and now I own. I just purchased your Drywall video and I’m sure ill be learning about more tools to purchase so I can help someone else. And your right I love my tools to, they help make it a lot easier. Still have a ways to go but soon I will have my very own Man cave and I owe it all to you, so Thank you and maybe when I’m done I can send a picture from start to finish. Hope to hear from you again soon, until then Man Cave here I come.

Gary Dunn

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Hello Eddie,
Bought the videos and am really enjoying them. My basement has blankets covering the walls and obstructions in all but two exterior corners. Your videos are giving me lots of ideas how to deal with this.
Thanks,
Mike

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Thanks Eddie

Your videos are great and your service is super.

Thanks

Brian

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I wanna buy Tom a BEER! As a raw rookie my basement came out great! A buddy of mine who works at Depot and is great with his hands could not believe how well my drywall finishing skills are. He told me he learned something from watching me! I told him, I don’t know anything other than how to follow instructions. Thanks Eddie and especially Tom for making it a fun and successful project, and enabling ME to tell my wife “I told YOU so” for a change!

John

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Just wanted to say if you think these videos are good then you will love his pro series! I just got them and I’m already 30 minutes into them and learning a lot! Great videos Eddie and keep it up!!

Justin Bushey

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Thanks Eddie,

I just sent you the money on PayPal.  My wife and I were hanging drywall today in a room we started.  Wish I’d studied your videos before we shot the first nail.  Would have made our lives a lot easier.  Thankfully we’ll have the videos before we start the big rooms.

Gerry Nash

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Eddie Thanks for your reply. I purchased your basement series and I like it a lot. I showed the wife and we both agree that we could do most of the work ourselves.
I hope you could do a video on trey ceilings.

Mike Pierre

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK7SZixuFfM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

John Davies basement!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eddie, “This is the basement I made.”  ~John Davies

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Eddie,

WOW!!! What a difference! I don’t know what you did but they’re working now!!! Thank you very much for your prompt attention. Couldn’t ask for a better response. Thank you for the free membership! I will definitely check it out.

You go above and beyond! Keep up the GREAT WORK!!! You and your team do a fantastic job!!! I’ll be looking out for more of your products and recommending them to everyone.

Your faithful and extremely pleased customer
Marc Angellis

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Great!  Thanks Eddie.  I am watching your framing videos as we speak.  Great videos and easy to follow!  Best $99 I have spent in a long time.  Thank you so much for your help.

Take Care!

Kurtis E. Fredericks, E.I.T.

Design Engineer

J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc.

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Thanks Eddie!  I received the link and downloaded the videos.  I found information on the videos to be clear, hands on, and very easy to understand.  You’ve taken the mystery out of home improvement projects…thank you!  My projects will now be a lot easier.

Lee

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Hi Eddie,
I want to thank you for giving me access to your Basement University website. I spent some time there today and I am thoroughly impressed! I am an airline pilot for a major airline and your training is in the same league with the training that I have to take twice a year. I was especially impressed with your training module about the mind map. Nice!
Thanks again and I can’t wait to complete my training and get started on my project.

Sincerely,

Kevin Whitman

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Eddie,

Thanks for your prompt reply. I purchased a BFU membership although I won’t be ready to start a project for quite awhile.

I was VERY impressed by your videos on YouTube and on your site and was compelled to compensate you for the superb quality of material you provide.

Keep up the GREAT work!!

Warmest Regards,
Nick

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Your videos were a GREAT investment. I bought the pro series and watched the videos before and during my basement build. Did it all myself and spent $25K (1,200 sq ft). It was a lot of fun for a DIY’er like me. What an adventure. The basement was later appraised and added $60K to the value of my house.

Thanks Eddie!

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On a side note (testament to your program)… and as someone who has never built anything like this, I got some major compliments from a high profile contractor who took a look at the framing and soffit work I had done.  We have a 2 year old with cancer, so a northeast contractor, who occasionally does work for Extreme Home Makeover, had made a charitable offer to finish our project.  He came out to look at what I had done and assumed it was done by a professional.  He kept saying it was good work, asked who I used, and when I told him I did it he asked if I used to work in the industry.  When I told him it was my first job he was shocked!  He actually didn’t seem to believe me and wanted to know how I did it.  I told him about how I came across you and basement finishing university and he was pretty impressed.  So thank you for the tutelage! Unfortunately, they couldn’t do the project, but I’m back to doing the weekend warrior thing!  Thanks again for your help!

John Urban

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Kitchen Videos Testimonials

Wow! I just watched all your videos! You have an amazing concept here, letting people actually see and understand each step thoroughly. Everyone has a unique learning process. Personally, I need to be SHOWN how to do something, not just hearing words. I’m a visual learner, I’m sure a lot of folks out here feel the same way. For myself, I’d like to say thank you, thank you for your effort and time spent on helping people truly understand the names of fittings etc. again.. TY!

Wendy Diestel

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I have to say i love you videos. It has helped me a lot with my construction knowledge. I help out with Habitat for Humanity and i can basically run a crew after watching the basement series!

Thanks!

Greg

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Tom Wilkins 7 hours ago

Guys: These are simply the best videos out there. I bought Eddie’s basement series for help in finishing my basement. Top notch and helped me save thousands. For my wet bar installation I balked at the price of the cabinet video and bought a cheaper video. Should have saved the twenty bucks. His efforts make it easy to understand all the steps. They’re invaluable. If you don’t want to spend the hundred bucks + per cabinet the box stores charge to install, just buy this!

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Warning: Long email and doesn’t need to be read right away.

Thank you Eddie, all I saw on the site were pictures of boxed sets and made an assumption. AND I had been up all night deciding on a plan of attack and searching for any new books that might add to the renovation library I already have which still was not enough to get this job done. So I am afraid I was a TAD out to lunch when I wrote the email to you, I apologize.

I just wanted to tell you that in all the years that i have been self teaching myself to renovate and repair, I have NEVER seen ANY material to top what you offer. I have SHELVES of construction code books, books on tiling, building, plumbing, electrical work and have watched DIY shows for YEARS but never have I seen something that is like being allowed to go along and peer over someone’s shoulders while they not only DO things properly but explain why they are doing it that way.

I think the difference might be that you were not filming for commercial intent (And by that I mean, in a format that would have to be edited for commercials) yes, you are selling these now and I am sure were planning on selling them when you started (a workman IS worth his hire and should profit from his knowledge and skill) BUT it is obvious from the one or two I saw online that it was filmed more like “a day in the life OF” really competent professionals and then radically edited to the MEAT of the detail, which for books and video SHOULD be possible but sadly rarely are.

BUT the books I have in my library do not have the detail that your videos do, as I would have to rip out all pertinent pages from ALL the books I have and then arrange them in order myself to get the quality of your videos, they are always lacking details, and REALLY? The details are more important than the LARGE scope of things. They are the things that will make or break a good job.

So, I will get started on this project knowing that I have the skills and your videos have the knowledge and will do a darned fine job of it

Thank you for taking the time to do all of this work over the years of filming, I know it was an epic thing to do and I truly hope that you make BUCKETS of money from it because you really do NOT know, nor ever COULD know what it feels like to stand In a pile of rubble under a massive hole in a ceiling you dry walled yourself, and look up to see that the ONLY reason for that destruction was that two waterlines were only finger tightened.  And think to yourself… ‘how on EARTH am I going to do this myself because it is evident that the people I hired couldn’t”

You can’t know but I do.

Last of all, thanks for asking about my health, it is a slow recovery (think of it this way…you take chemicals that CAN kill you in just small enough amounts to kill what is TRYING to kill you WITHOUT it killing you first and the race is to see which one WINS!)

But I am doing fine and getting stronger every day, it was a journey and (now that I made it through J ) I can say it was one of the best things that ever happened to me, you get to know what it is like to have NOTHING left of you and know what it is to fight back to being MORE than you WERE.

Thank you for answering me so quickly and for reading this….and now…we RENOVATE! J

This is going to be FUN!

Star

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Greg Pruitt on January 9, 2014 at 3:44 am said: Edit

Eddie,

I want to thank you for making these videos, and for your abilities to explain these techniques as expertly as you do. I have watched other videos of experts attempt to describe similar procedures. You clearly have a talent for teaching.

I purchased your downloadable set of videos last year. Last week I purchased materials and I have started construction. So far, I have framed inside and outside corners and basements windows. All the tasks I have completed so far are done well and solidly constructed. I will be doing closets, soffits, hanging doors, installing a counter with sink, Insulation, HVAC, and designing around every sort of obstacle. Thanks to the fantastic detail and descriptions in your videos, I am perfectly confident in doing all aspects of the work that am allowed (by code requirements) to perform.

My wife is very happy with the money we are saving in doing much of this work ourselves. So much so, that she is ok with me buying the biggest TV I can fit down the basement stairs.

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Eddie,

First I ‘ve got to say thanks for the unbelievable amount of help your videos have been. I’m a mechanical designer with GE Aviation here in Cincinnati and appreciate the idea of doing things right the first time. Your video instruction provides confidence that someone like me can tackle a project as specialized as finishing a basement.

I wondered if I might ask you a simple (I hope it is?) about stringers and cutting them so that the stairs end up being level. Obviously the 2 x 10’s are not metal but if they were I’d want to fixture them together and machine the step and riser surfaces simultaneously. I’m thinking of temporarily nailing them together with one set of trace lines and making the cuts with a saws-all that’s blade can cut 3” of lumber.

Would this be a bad idea?

Thanks,

Jeff

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Eddie,

I purchased the complete basement finishing set of videos. I have only finished the framing ones so far but have already started my basement and I have to say the information is priceless. No roadblocks so far at all as all necessary details are incorporated into the videos. As soon as I finish the basement I will be getting your bathroom ones.

Great job.

Thanks
Mike Seeley

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Eddie, Tom, and all who helped out,

I can’t thank you enough for the help with my basement.  I have a smaller house and I just made one big room in my basement.  I never attempted anything like this.  I bought tools after I watched the videos and started to build, wire, drywall, mud, paint, put in door, trimmed, carpet, and have a big TV on the wall.

I have been meaning to write you.

The effort of the words I write to you guys will never do justice… to the part you have played in my healing process.  I have put a link to my story below.

My wife and I were in a car accident 18 months ago and hit by a drunken driver.  My blessed wife of 37 days would loose her life 3 days later to massive head injuries…

I have struggled with sleep and needed some thing to do and your videos were the answer.  I don’t have much time to write, but I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Can’t thank you guys enough and hope to talk to you guys someday.

Tony Bedient
tonybedient@gmail.com
Omaha Nebraska

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Eddie

Things are going well. Your videos have helped out tremendously.
I have a bedroom, a bath and a closet through the 3rd coat of drywall
compound. I just need to do the finish coat. I also have 2 other closets
with drywall hung. Maybe 40 sheets of drywall so far. Almost all of the
electrical is finished approx 36 recessed lights. I have an exhaust fan,
blower for fireplace, receptacles throughout, 2 ceiling fan boxes, pool
table light, a bar table light and some gfci receptacles roughed in. I have
a family room most of the way through the framing. I just need to frame
in the fireplace.

I have an exercise room partially through framing just need
to install the wall between it and the storage area. I also have a wet bar
area started just waiting on the video on it. I have some before pics for
part of the basement. When I get a little further along I will send you some.

Thanks again for making the videos. They have made the work a lot easier
and made a lot more comfortable doing the work myself. I am a little slow
since I only get to work on the basement on weekends, but I will eventually
get there.

Thanks again
Stan

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Eddie,

I thought about taking some photos or video of my first attempt at framing the basement using information from a well-known basement finishing book; however, after watching your framing series I was in too much of a hurry to tear out all of my efforts thus far and start over.  That’s right, I had to take it all out because I was framing 10′ sections of wall and spacing my studs correctly; however, the next 10′ section of wall did not continue on with the spacing from the first wall section and my drywall would have been a huge challenge!

I also didn’t frame through the windows and then frame them out afterwards (much better technique and end result) and a lot of corner studs were not in place at wall intersections.  So, after having about 70% of my exterior walls framed they were torn down and redone.  Good thing I bought your videos because now my basement is completely framed and should be having my rough frame, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical inspection next week!  I also really liked the idea for the stairwell – I framed a landing to extend the space from the last step to the wall and also framed out for banister and rail system just like you explained how to.  It came out perfectly and was very easy!

Your videos have helped me save thousands of dollars by doing everything myself – plus I now have a nice tool collection for future projects.

Thanks for all the advice,

Aaron Galer

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Just a bit of feedback on the video series (I am in the “materials accumulation” phase–buying light fixtures, scoping Craigslist, checking out flooring and ceiling options, etc… I have to cash flow that stuff over a few months before I pull my permit)

But, I have enjoyed watching your videos; they are excellent and greatly detailed.  Have you considered branching out and doing more of these, expanding the offering?  Like with various flooring installations, cabinet/wet bars, etc.  Also maybe some more design and planning ideas, the Half Wall idea is excellent and will help me to break up that huge rec room space into some defined areas.

I think Tom is hilarious; you can tell he is a craftsman with a lot of experience and he’s quite entertaining to watch.

I’m fully confident in framing after the framing series which I’ve watched at least twice… I was already good with electrical but not so much on the structural, especially with building code issues with fire-blocking, etc.

I haven’t watched the finishing stuff yet, but it would be good to see how to finish out windows with drywall returns or sills (maybe it’s in the finishing series; I’m still working my way through)

This series will be a really big help all the way through the project.  Thanks for putting it out there Eddie!

Kindest regards,

David Wells

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Hi Eddie,

I am just waiting to purchase your bathroom and kitchen remodel videos as well. Let me know when it will be available. You are the best.

Regards,

Suresh

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Eddie

My basement project is progressing very well!!  I couldn’t have done it without your videos!

They are a god-send! I love the step-by-step nature of the video training.

I will send you some pics of my progression as I get further into the project!

Thanks for making this series!

Michael Blackburn

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Eddie,

Excellent product. I have used your videos and instruction on multiple successful projects. Thanks again!

Matthew Woods.

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Hey Eddy

It went great thanks for your advice

I was so impressed with the results

I replaced the wiring, the furnace, the water tank with a tankless, and put in a shower, did built ins and put a bedroom in.

You advice pushed me to do more than I expected I could do.

Thanks.

James Templeton

Head of Technological & Business Studies

MDHS

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Eddie,

Thanks for the contact!  Thanks to your program, it’s done, it’s awesome and it’s done right!  I’ll put together pictures and more details for you over the weekend. What you have created is huge for people like me. Thanks again for taking the time and effort in creating this concept!

Best Regards,

John Umbach

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Hi Eddie. …..The basement project was fun…….I saved couple of thousand……..yes and my feed back is 100/100…….I wish I could learn more from u or work with u…….

Terry Multani

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15 thoughts on “Basement Finishing Success News

  1. Hey Eddie

    The videos continue to be an amazing reference point for this project. I’m slowly making my way through my framing and hope to move on to electrical soon. Yippee

    But I actually have a plumbing question as I have to frame my bathroom next. My basement bathroom was actually roughed in, which is great – but I don’t know what that means. Do I still need a sewer ejector? I see the pipes in the ground but no water lines? What does that means?

    I haven’t fully watched the videos so I apologize if the answer is there

    Thanks again

    Ralph

    • Hello Ralph! “Roughed-in” by the builder means the builder installed the drain lines usually for the toilet, sink, and sometimes the tub/shower before they poured your concrete floor…that’s pretty much it!

      Sometimes they will even install a “rough-in” vent line for the bathroom somewhere high-up on an exterior wall or overhead up inside the floor joists somewhere for an easy connection (this happens way to infrequently!)

      You will still have to install all of your new water supply lines to all fixtures and depending on your homes “main Sewage” line to the street or septic field you may have to install the sewage ejector pump kit in the pit.

      Hope this helps Ralph. I’m here if you have other questions.

      Eddie

  2. Eddie, Great videos, I like your instruction. I would like to add your touch of opening up the stair wall and put in railings for the last five steps as you’ve demonstrated. In my project, there is not a stringer between the steps and the wall. What is your suggestion to complete this so I have the proper angle? Can you send me an email @ randy.vinyard@gmail.com? I’d appreciate it.

    - rev

  3. Eddie,

    I want to thank you for making these videos, and for your abilities to explain these techniques as expertly as you do. I have watched other videos of experts attempt to describe similar procedures. You clearly have a talent for teaching.

    I purchased your downloadable set of videos last year. Last week I purchased materials and I have started construction. So far, I have framed inside and outside corners and basements windows. All the tasks I have completed so far are done well and solidly constructed. I will be doing closets, soffits, hanging doors, installing a counter with sink, Insulation, HVAC, and designing around every sort of obstacle. Thanks to the fantastic detail and descriptions in your videos, I am perfectly confident in doing all aspects of the work that am allowed (by code requirements) to perform.

    My wife is very happy with the money we are saving in doing much of this work ourselves. So much so, that she is ok with me buying the biggest TV I can fit down the basement stairs. Yahoo!

    • Man now that’s what I call a real testimonial for these basement training videos! Thank You Greg for the kind words!! I’m really pleased that the basement finishing training video material has got you this far into your project with this much confidence! Now just keep it going brother! And remember Greg, I’m always here if you have any technical questions about your basement project.

      Take care!

      Eddie

  4. Eddie,

    Thanks a million for sharing your expertise. We are now done with framing and electrical. Those went perfectly! We even wired up the theater area, installed Cat6 all throughout the house, and updated the phone lines. HVAC is done as well.

    The building inspector will be coming for the last framing inspection and the electrical inspection. They just want to see it roughed in and said not to power up. Before we drywall, I need to remove the old electrical components and need to activate the electrical system to have lights and tool power.

    Question: When can I power up the electrical so I have lights and outlets?

    Thanks Eddie!

    Chris
    I’ll share some photos later.

    • Hey Chris! AWESOME MAN! I’m proud of ya! Sounds like your kicking basement booty here!

      I normally just power-up my recessed lights and install temporary 60 watt bulbs at this stage of the game. Forget the outlets until drywall is finished. Run extension cords for the power tools from either your storage room or from upstairs until drywall is finished. You can strip-out your home run for the lighting circuits and plug the black and white wires directly into the end of the extension cord to temporarily fire-up you lighting circuit if you want to…this works great until drywall is finished.

      Hope this helps.

      Eddie

  5. Great Training Eddie!

    Question 1 please…Framing part 1 you mentioned that when you layout a wall, that you place any crowns in the stud in the “UP” position. What do you mean by UP? Facing the concrete wall or facing the crown towards the dry wall? Why are we doing it this way?? You gave no explanation except that is the way it is done.

    Question 2: Building a soffit around some HVAC. Much of it is straight inline. However, as it runs down my long room (39′), it angles off for about 4 feet or so then resumes going in a straight line.

    Should I build the soffit to follow the diagonal or just make it all square?

    Thanks for great training videos! “even a cave man can do it” That’s me.

    • Back’s up means “humps” in the 2″x 4″‘s in the wall facing towards the ceiling while framing the wall flat down on the floor as I teach you do in the videos. The reason for this is you want to keep any natural bow all on one side of the wall so when your trimming the basement and say your using a chair-rail style trim your trim is not moving _in & out” like a big snake going down the wall, this keeps the in’s and out’s in the wall more uniform for the final look of your trim and drywall.

      Make it all one nice straight soffit at the widest area which in your case would be where it get’s it’s widest at the 45 degree angle. This just looks so much more professional and less “basementy”…is that even a word…lol!

      Thanks for stopping by the Basement Finishing Videos website! Good luck with your basement finishing project.

      Eddie

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