“Of course you can get books at the big box home improvement stores or you can hire someone to do the work for you, but neither of these is a real solution if the DIYer is wanting to feel the satisfaction of having completed a project himself that he can be proud of,” says Eddie Case, 20-year construction veteran with hundreds of completed basement refinishing projects under his tool belt. “The books don’t give enough information in most cases and hiring the contractor is pricey, besides there is not any personal satisfaction in having someone else create the room.
“For the DIYer who wants the satisfaction of really finishing the basement herself, the ideal would be to have an expert on the jobsite leaning over her shoulder telling her every step as she goes along, said Case. “However, that is really not practical. The next best thing would be using a video that guides and illustrates every tiny detail of the process. That way the DIYer won’t get the steps out of order and will be able to see exactly how each phase progresses to the next phase.”
Books and classes can only go so far in helping a beginner take on a task a big as finishing a basement. Classes are a one-time instruction and many who take them don’t remember everything they learned in those few minutes. Then when they get on the job, they question their memories of just exactly the steps to take. Books, while they remain a good reference of details, do not show visual learners adequate illustrations to see the information.
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About Eddie Case
Eddie Case began his basement construction career over 20 years ago. Since then he has completed over 550 basement finishing projects. Nearly a decade a ago, he began to film his expertise to share with DIY aficionados. Since then thousands of people who had never held a hammer properly have completed basement remodel projects by following Eddie's instructions. Mr. Case is available for interview at the contacts listed above. For more information try