Great post, Mr. Baker. I had been looking for the same things, and have been all over the web for sources. There is site called DoItYourself.com, also Hometime.com has an area for Basement Projects. I will be interested in all responses that you get. Mr. Steel, what did you mean by a "pull down" finish? Is that a rough application of mud, that gives something like a stucco effect, then is painted? I am considering a D-I-Y basement finishing, and the drywall finishing was one job I was certain I would have to sub out.