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Dehumidifer level in basement

I own a raised range house and upstair with hard wood floor.I just bought a 70 pin dehumidifer and put it in my basement. My question is what is dehumidifier level need to set for best result for my ...
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Sealing off open dirt areas in basement and crawlspaces

The vast majority of the basement of our 100 year old home is concrete, however there are three areas that are dirt on the bottom: The rear crawlspace, which is maybe 3ft high, 6ft deep, and the ...
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Drywall over 2x2 Studs in Basement

I have a basement that is a complete product of the 70's. Faux ugly wood paneling, brass ugly sconces, old school metal work boxes, and a beautiful white drop ceiling. I know I could just drywall over ...
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is cork underlayment on a concrete basement floor a workable proposition?

Next up in my basement finish process are the floors. We've decided to go with vinyl for the bathroom (and under-stairs closet), and carpet everywhere else. I'm planning on putting in a 6mil plastic ...
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Finished basement with just painted concrete walls

I have a house from 1955, where the basement has been finished with lighting, carpet, interior walls, etc. I don't know when it was finished, only that it was so when I moved in. The strange thing ...
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Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets?

Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets? Also can I use 15 AMP outlets and switches with 12/2 NM-B wire?
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How can I make a new basement window fit the opening?

I bought a basement window similar to this one. The plastic face of the window is the exact size of my opening, which is not perfectly square. How can I shave off some of the plastic to make this ...
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basement bathtub straddling a crater

we got this house recently. i was working on paint and finishing our basement bathroom.. trying to remove the baseboard trim surrounding the the bathroom shower, i noticed that it came out ...
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Basement waterproofing with thermal break

I need help figuring out best solution to fix my basement moisture/mold issue... As far as I can tell, water is entering at bottom seam of poured concrete wall and basement floor. I considered ...
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Please reassure me about basement french drains

I understand the principles and practice of putting in a basement perimeter drain... but I've got a slightly irrational paranoia about the concept of cutting the basement floor free that way. ...
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What are the options for moisture-proofing foundation from the interior

I'm trying to prevent moisture from turning into mold and growing on concrete exterior walls and getting into the fiberglass insulation. I see polystyrene, foil, chemical-based concrete sealing, and ...
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Can I tap into the kitchen / dishwasher drain pipe with my washing machine?

I am moving my washing machine as a part of finishing my basement. Can I tap into a kitchen drain pipe (draining my sink and dishwasher) for my washing machine drain? How would this be done? I ...
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Ideal Sill Plate width for new construction on 8" block

I've got an addition with a new 8" cinder block wall. I'm curious if it's better to have a 2x8 or 2x6 sill plate? It will be waterproofed on the outside and covered with 2" foam so there shouldn't ...
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What is the purpose of horizontal blocks on a bearing wall?

In my basement, the bearing wall has horizontal blocks between each stud, similar to what you see in this picture: . There is one place on the wall where one of the blocks was removed to place an ...
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Can I cut a hole in the brick to install a through the wall air conditioner in a basement?

I am looking to install a through the wall air conditioner in the basement. I don't want to block the one window. There is already a window in the brick. I don't know if there is any kind of ...
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Can I make my bulkhead stairs steeper and still be up to code?

The bottom few steps of my bulkhead stairs go beyond the wall of the basement. The problem is I would like to put a door in my basement at the bottom of the stairs. To do this I would either have to ...
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How do I finish a concrete floorÉ

My basement has a concrete floor that is all jagged. It`s missing about 1 1/2 inches of concrete to be even with everything else....what do I do?? Will self-leveling cement adhere to such a ...
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Help diagnosing source of basement moisture

Hoping your experience can help figure out where moisture is coming from in my basement. I tried to include a lot of details to help identify issue. I have a house built in 2008 with finished ...
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Exchanging air in basement

Live in nepa, have goodman 4 ton heat pump w/propane back up. Foam insulated about 1200 square feet that I want to heat. I am at the end and ready to put up the dividing wall.I have 2 returns and 3 ...
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How many sump pits should I have?

I have an older french drain system and after experiencing some foundation problems (horizontal crack), I've been told that my system should be updated to a more modern one which has weeping holes in ...
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Do I need an HVAC vent in this bathroom?

The finished portion of my basement was completed after the original construction. I've found a few questionable practices, including the lack of an HVAC vent in the basement bathroom (shown in green ...
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How big of a beam for a load bearing wall

I have a wall in my basement that is load bearing. Right now, they put a door opening in there (and probably overdid the header for it). I would like to remove a 7 foot section and open it up for a ...
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Why is there a supply vent in my unfinished basement?

Background I have an unfinished basement. It has cement floors with stone walls. The furnace is located in the basement. There is a supply vent blowing conditioned air into my basement. As far as I ...
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Is it likely that water can enter below the slab?

My question is about basement/foundation function and the relationship to sump pumps and water. If a sump pump is supposed to pump water from below the slab out to the surface and loses power, what ...
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Damp carpet and pad in two areas of basement

We have lived in our home for 43 years. The basement has always been dry. The house has drain tile and a sump pump and the sump has only run three times in all this time--only after very heavy rain. ...
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New Construction Home - Basement

My family is building a new home and the weather hasn't been cooperating. We have two big concerns that we have brought to the builder. We are looking for some advice regarding these concerns. ...
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Is a leveled wood frame for a basement floor a good idea?

Just bought an old house. One half of the basement has a nice headroom. The floor is painted concrete, and is pretty uneven and ultimately slopes towards a floor drain. I'd like a nice floor. Can I ...
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What is the purpose of a window well for a window that is above grade?

Recently my neighbour installed window wells around all of his basement windows, but they all sit with the bottom edge about 2 inches above the ground. Do window wells serve a purpose if your window ...
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Causes of condensation in basement wall

First time home owner of 1 year old house in Southern Ontario. South facing basement wall (50% above grade) has condensation forming between polyethylene barrier and pink batt insulation. What ...
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Can I attach drywall directly to a wood beam?

I'm finishing my basement and need to build a soffit around the HVAC trunks, pipes, and a wood beam. I'm planning to build a ladder on one side of the ducts and another between the ducts and the ...
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What kind of precautions should I undertake to use epoxy-based paints?

I see on the market floor paints made from "1-part epoxy" or from "2-part epoxy". They are meant for concrete floors. Epoxy is reputed to be very harmful if misused during construction. Anecdotes ...
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Water in window well flooding basement

The windows in my basement are close to 12 inches tall, not going below ground level. There is a shallow window well made from old 2x4s framing a depression adjacent to the window. We have been ...
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How can I refinish a basement concrete floor?

The basement concrete floor pictured has traces of red paint, a beige mesh, the concrete itself, and a top blue-gray layer of paint. Does refinishing the floor require reapplying the red and the ...
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Framing a new basement window in cinder block

We recently purchased a home and this window was boarded up on both sides. I removed the plywood to discover that it used to be a old coal chute. I removed all the old fiberglass insulation that was ...
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Wet smell, finished basement, aggravates when it rains -how do I find the source?

I have a light wet smell in my basement and I am trying to find the source of it ...not much luck so far. The basement is finished (by the previous owner) and as far as I could see behind the finished ...
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Should I remove vinyl flooring to allow the floor underneath to dry out?

We are renovating a 200+ year old house that had a dirt basement. We poured a concrete floor and put vinyl flooring (snap-together, looks sort of like wood) over this. The basement has gotten wet ...
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Tile basement bathroom over cracks without Ditra

I am tiling a basement bathroom that is 5 feet by 6 feet. It has a crack running the entire length of the bathroom as well as a small hairline crack near the toilet. I've read that Ditra is the best ...
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Foundation drainage: try interior first and then exterior?

My wife and I are closing on a home. During the initial walkthroughs of the basement, it was clear that there was a moisture problem there, but I don't think it was clear to either of us how severe ...
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What causes these chips in a cement brick wall, and how can I fix them?

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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Super-Insulating a Crawlspace

I am getting ready to have a contractor insulate my crawlspace. The exterior facing walls of my crawlspace are about 2" above grade, with the remaining 2 ft 6 in - 2 ft 10 in below grade. One of the ...
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How can I level a part of a concrete floor in preparation for installing a washing machine?

Whoever installed the existing washing machine in the basement was unable to extend one of the legs long enough to adjust for the slope in the concrete floor. So they took a piece of wood and stuck ...
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How effective is elevated concrete for insulating moisture?

I am replacing a boiler in my basement and the contractor told me it will be better for the new boiler if he build an elevated concrete platform on which the new boiler will sit. He says this will ...
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Hole in concrete floor from floor anchor

I have a small hole in my basement floor from a leftover floor anchor similar to http://www.lowes.com/pd_79553-2191-50098___?productId=3044000. The anchor is now gone, and apparently over the years ...
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Preventing Clogging/Flooding at bottom of exterior basement steps

I just purchased a house this weekend, and moved in yesterday. I live in MD (USA), and there just happened to be a torrential downpour yesterday after we moved in. I went downstairs to check my sump ...
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Add a new doorbell to basement, upgraded transformer, still doesn't work

I recently finished my basement and ran a wire in the wall (where I wanted my new door bell to my current doorbell transformer. I've been unsuccessful in getting both my upstairs and downstairs ...
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How can I convert a crawlspace to a basement?

I have walk in crawl space. The celing hight is any where from 5ft to 9 ft. It is all dirt and NO concrete. The plumbing and HVAC lines running all over the places. All and all I have about 700 to 900 ...
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Could these foundation defects cause problems?

Attached are the pictures of newly constructed basement wall. I wonder if these defects are going to be a problem in the future? Outside of the walls have water proofing, but I wonder if these defects ...
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How to run duct work for basement dehumidifier?

Our basement is partially finished, approximately 50/50 in terms of square footage. It was used as a mother-in-law suite at some point by a previous owner. The finished rooms are air ...
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Screws or nails for securing 2" lumber to overhead joists as fireblocking?

I will be installing fireblocking as part of finishing my basement. I plan to leave about an 8" gap between the newly framed walls (metal stud framing) and the cinder block foundation wall to avoid ...
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Cracks in a newly constrcuted basement wall?

Pic 1 shows the newly constructed basement (Just 4 days) wall and It can clearly seen the crack across the wall (Not sure whether its crack or not but looks like) due to pouring concrete. I wonder ...