If you are planning on finishing or remodeling your basement, chances are you are probably considering the addition of a bathroom. The unique challenge of adding a bathroom to a basement is the concrete which can be labor intensive to remove. For this reason you must remove a section of concrete with either a jackhammer or a concrete saw. Typically a jackhammer is used to break up the concrete to access the plumbing drains.
If you’re not familiar with it, concrete acid stain isn’t a paint or finish coat. Typically a water-based solution of hydrochloric acid and inorganic salts, the stain reacts with minerals and lime in the concrete aggregate, and the result of the reaction is coloring. It works on new or old concrete, and is fairly durable if you maintain it with sealer or wax, since it won’t stain or chip. It can also be applied to both interiors and exterior floors. Walkways, bathrooms, entrances, driveways, living rooms and patios are all fair game.
This book covers everything from assessing your current basement, planning and the actual work. I’m just a regular home-owner handyman (non-professional) and I feel like I’m ready to tackle the project. One thing that was especially helpful was the Pro Tips. On almost all the pages, there’s a tip that you may or may not have thought about. For the work, it goes over the basic steps to accomplishing the project (i.e. electrical, plumbing, drywall). If you have a decent amount of handyman inside you, this book will definitely enable you to finish or remodel a basement.
Many components of a house require access for servicing and replacement. Your plans should take into account that this access will be provided. The main water shutoff, the drain valve, and the electrical grounding connection to the water line must remain accessible. All electrical junction boxes, floor drains, cleanout fittings, backwater valves, gas line unions, and valves for water and gas lines are required to remain accessible.
Surface prep for acid staining concrete depends on what condition your slab is in. Newly poured concrete only needs is be allowed time for curing-four weeks after pouring- then some rinsing and scrubbing to remove the dirt and latence from the surface. Older concrete is a different story. Thorough cleaning is required because any dirt, grease, paint, sealer or even curing agent will keep the stain from penetrating and reacting as it should. Do a little test area to make sure it’s ready.