Sorry to keep you all in suspense over the state of the basement for the past month. Construction had to stop for a while, hubby had some work at his sister's house to do. But...now we are back in business and a lot has happened over the past week. I'll keep the narrative short and leave it up to the pictures to tell the story.
Walls were re-pointed and re-mortared.
Walls got a thin layer of cement to assure there would be no leaking. (water has never been an issue, this is just a precaution)
HVAC was re-routed and streamlined to maximize headroom.
Walls then got a coat of ThoroSeal to further ensure maximum waterproof-ness. We're not taking any chances!