10:43AM | 12/29/02
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
We have a 1970's split level and we're in the process of redoing the basement. The previous homeowners finished it themselves, applying drywall first and paneling over that w/out taping or mudding. We have gotten the paneling off and are left with drywall seams over the corners of the windows, seams that are not staggered, swirls of construction adhesive and/or torn paper, and pet stains at the base of two corners where a dog lived for 15 years. The floor is concrete, so the stains also reside in the concrete. I'll be treating the concrete with Natures Miracle before we recarpet, and we'll be using a pad containing enzymes. For the walls, we have a few options ahead of us and I need some advice.

1. Drywall over the old drywall, trying to seal the stains with Kilz or polyurethane and seaming correctly this time.

2. Trying to save the old drywall by redoing the panels that are seemed improperly, sanding and skim coating the adhesive swirls and sealing the stains with Kilz or polyurethane.

3. Ripping down and starting fresh.

I'm nervous about starting anew because three walls are exterior walls and I do not want to damage the insulation or the firring strips that lie over the cinderblock half-wall. Any and all advice would be appreciated.


01:36PM | 12/29/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I would take all of the drywall down and start over.
As for the floor to block out the pet odor I would reccomend you prime the floor with BIN Primer form Zinsser as this does a good job of holding this type of odor back.
Happy New Year


05:10PM | 12/29/02
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
Thanks for the advice. We went ahead and ripped down one wall. Aside from requiring a lot of elbow grease, it's not that bad. The furring strips consist of sturdy 2x4's, so theres no worries there. Thanks for the tip on the concrete treatment. Is this like a water-proof sealant? We're going to douse the concrete in Natures Miracle and let that sit a week or so to work its way in. Then we wanted to mop a good sealant over the top to serve as a moisture barrier and odor block.
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