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Old 03-28-2009, 11:19 PM
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We are about to buy a home and the basement is 'finished' but not in my opinion, maybe in 1958 but not now. It has a type of particle board for walls and looks a lot like this


What is involved with replacing it with Sheetrock and regular 'modern' walls....I guess what I am asking is this just Sheetrock prepped and painted or something more involved?


I am obviously not into construction
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:53 PM
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Hmm.. you can try to search for some DIY sites that can help you with your problem..
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:00 AM
Location: Amelia View
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First I'd figure out what's behind the particle board. What is it attached to: 2x4s (16 or 24 on center)? strapping? affixed directly to the foundation? Is there a moisture barrier and insulation? If so, then you can either paint the particle board as is (which I don't think will give you the look you desire) or add sheetrock over it. But if there's no moisture barrier or insulation, then you'll want to pull off the particle board and start from scratch.
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:36 PM
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If you have a drop ceiling like the one in the picture you may want to look above it to see if you have access to plumbing and electrical up there. If you do, you may want to keep the drop ceiling or at least figure out some way to keep access to the wiring/pipes.

Remodeling the basement the right way probably means tearing out the particle board. I would want to do it just to make sure that I didn't have any problems with the framing behind it and there will never be a better time to insulate, re-plumb or re-wire. Tacking sheetrock directly to the particle board will probably not create any problems, but installing casing and trim around doorframes will become much more challenging.

The second pic you posted is probably just sheetrock that has been painted, maybe a bit of texture over it. Nothing terribly special goes into that look.

Installing sheetrock is really pretty simple. Finishing sheetrock is tedious and definitely has a learning curve, but it isn't surgery. There isn't any reason that you can not do all of this work yourself. Whether or not you can achieve at least a satisfactory result is a function of (i) if you have any native handymanliness, (ii) how precise a worker you are and (iii) how confident you are and how quickly you can learn. To get a better idea of whether or not you are up to the task, check out this site: How to Install Drywall | Hanging Drywall | Sheetrock Installation | Installing Sheetrock
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