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This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to warm up a chilly concrete wall. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for How to Insulate a Basement:
- plant mister [https://amzn.to/2JwKR7N], used to spray water onto the tie-rod [https://amzn.to/2PZnS6z] holes
- hydraulic cement [https://amzn.to/2JxCpW2], for plugging tie-rod holes in concrete wall
- 2-inch-thick rigid polystyrene [https://amzn.to/2H830pu], used to insulate wall
- foam board adhesive [https://amzn.to/2JwH8an], for adhering foam board to concrete wall
- 1x3 spruce [https://amzn.to/2JCmvK1], used to secure foam board and create nailing surfaces for drywall
- 4-inch-long spring spike [https://amzn.to/2VeU9HN], secures wood boards to insulated wall
- 1 5/8-inch drywall screws [https://amzn.to/2Ykn9ji], used to fasten vertical 1x3s

Tools for How to Insulate a Basement:
- masonry hammer [https://amzn.to/2WArsqf] and center punch [https://amzn.to/2PY3YIU], used to drive tie rods [https://amzn.to/2PZnS6z] into concrete wall
- margin trowel [https://amzn.to/2J6KCAU], for applying hydraulic cement [https://amzn.to/2JxCpW2]
- caulking gun [https://amzn.to/2Wxkna1], used to apply foam board adhesive [https://amzn.to/2JwH8an]
- chalk reel [https://amzn.to/2WzXyT5], used to snap horizontal lines
- hammer drill [https://amzn.to/30bKaXc] and 3/16-inch masonry bit [https://amzn.to/2JeeZ8H], used to drill holes in concrete walls
- drill/driver [https://amzn.to/302tbH0], for fastening vertical 1x3s to horizontal 1x3s [https://amzn.to/2JCmvK1]

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