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 Handyman of Mississauga as some call me.

(Hollywood painting) can also help with home decor ideas giving you more from this existing room plan which might include a better storage area, more accessibility to different features, better lighting and warmer more comfortable living space.

How to finish the basement is one of our specialties, these are internal additions to your home at a lesser cost than adding a external structure.

Of course probably one of the most simplistic ways of creating a basement room would be just simply insulating and drywalling the perimeter walls in the basement to start with.

1st you have to attach furring strips to your concrete or block walls. Furring strips are 1″ x 2″ shape strips of wood. And these will create the support of the drywall.Depending on what you want to line the walls with, example drywall you should put the strips up every 16 inches from center to center so that the drywall will go up evenly.

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Fastening the strips can be done is a few different types of fasteners most commonly I use “tapcon concrete screws”, these are blue anodized looking screws that will screw firmly into concrete or block, you 1st have to pre-drill to accommodate the screw.

There are also sleeve anchor type fasteners but these are more cumbersome to use. Here you’re drilling larger hole than the screw that you are using to fit a sleeve in which the screw will go. After you finish drilling a hole then you have to tap the sleeve into the hole this is an overkill for this type of situation.

To start: place your furring strips on the concrete wall determine where are you going to put the strips,mark the spots .

As I mentioned previously the markings should be 16 inches apart from each other.

Tapcon Concrete Screw
Tapcon Concrete Screw

Place the 1st furring strip in position and drill your hole close to the very top of the strip making sure that the furring strip is lined up with your mark.

Tech Tip:
1/4″ dia. Tapcons use a 3/16″ bit and 3/16″ dia. Tapcons use a 5/32″ bit.also don’t put all your screws straight  down the line this will cause the wood to spit.

Next I take a level to make sure that the strip is perfectly level ,mark that spot.

Drill the 2nd hole holding the furring strip tight to the wall.

Now insert the 2nd screw.

Now that you know that your 1st furry strip is perfect and you know that you want to place the strips every 16 inches apart from each other you can cut a piece of wood (spacer template) to put between the remaining furring strips all the way around the room.

Concrete Screw Anchor Installation Video