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1. Sold at a low or reduced price; very inexpensive. The term comes from a section of a department store, usually at the ground or basement level, where inexpensive items or those at reduced prices are sold. George paid nearly $500 for his designer suit, but I think my bargain-basement suit looks just as nice.
2. Of very poor or inferior quality; having very little or no value. You can tell that these are bargain-basement toys: they all broke after an hour of the kids playing with them.

basement battler

In sports, a team that is ranked in a lower division (known as the relegation or "drop" zone) of a given league, and that competes against similarly ranked teams to try and advance into a higher division. Primarily heard in UK. They face another fierce basement battler in this week's match, and a lot is at stake for both teams.
See also: basement
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To learn more about The Basement Doctor's history with The Consumers' Choice Award, and see how all of the winners are selected, please visit The Basement Doctor blog at http://www.
25% of migrants' basements provide hot running water.
There is considerable variation in basements finishes, which further complicates their valuation.
Old basements rarely have a damp membrane so a new floor is required or a membrane laid across the floor and new concrete over it.
According to The Basement Information Centre (TBIC), developers are now realising the benefits of incorporating basements in new-build properties - reduced need for building and insulation materials, reduced energy consumption and increased profit potential.
During the 1960s cellars or basements generally fell out of favour with developers due to the cost factors of deeper foundations and unreliable waterproofing systems making them unpopular with homeowners.
Bottom line, if basements are heated, inward frost heave is not a problem, regardless of whether they are insulated or not.
BASEMENT gallery, created by a consortium of architects, art collectors and entrepreneurs, will showcase the works of five Iranian artists, all of whom are under the age of 40 and the majority of whom have not exhibited their works previously outside Iran.
And yes, back in the bad old days of bargain basements, department stores didn't have such well-developed discounters to go up against, much less the hordes of off-pricers, outlets and warehouse clubs that exist today.
6 Digging basements is done by hand because it's hard to get heavy equipment inside.
If we rely on holes in the building envelope to supply "fresh air" then the air frequently comes from not-so-fresh places like crawlspaces, basements, attics, and attached garages.
HERE'S A SCARY THOUGHT: REYnoldsburg, Ohio-based Tremco Barrier Solutions estimates that of the nearly 480,000 houses that were built with basements last year, only a third of them were waterproofed.
She estimates roughly 6 percent of the company's prefabricated direct-to-consumer pools are installed in basements.
Ennis, Design Ideas For Basements by home improvement expert Wayne Kalyn offers a wealth of ideas for converting basements into extra living space for busy families, offering up-to-date information on building codes for converting basements into bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, Design Ideas For Basements also deftly covers contemporary trends in basement oriented family rooms, laundry rooms, and/or storage facilities.