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Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?

Can the brine tank from a water softener be installed into the slab of my basement floor? Are there tanks designed for this, so that only the lid is exposed above the slab?
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Adding sink fixture to waste stack with existing sink fixture

I'm renovating our basement and I have a waste stack with a roughed in sink fixture trap arm. We are putting a wetbar on the other side of this wall probably around 2' to the left of this waste stack ...
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Are these studs intended to hold a drywall ceiling, or just for foam insulation?

I just bought a house and the basement looks like this: I was wondering what those "studs" across the main floor joists are for? Are they intended to just hold acoustic foam perhaps? They're ...
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Rebar in interior basement wall - is it load bearing?

I recently started demo on an interior basement wall. It is parallel with the floor trusses above so I figured it wasn't load bearing. Now that I've begun demo I've found rebar in the cement along the ...
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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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Is insulating an unfinished basement worth it? If so, how should I go about it?

I have an unfinished, well waterproofed basement with cinderblock walls and a concrete floor. All but the top 6 inches / 15 cm or so is underground. Would it be worth insulating the walls down there? ...
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How can I prepare uneven concrete basement floor for vinyl planks?

I have roughly 600 sq ft of basement that needs new flooring after some unfortunate flooding this past summer. We had carpet over concrete and are now looking to lay vinyl planks down. There is about ...
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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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Can I have a “hollow” basement bathroom floor?

I'm going to jackhammer my basement's concrete floor to install plumbing for a new bathroom. Normally, after the plumbing is done, we should pour concrete to it again. What will happen if I just ...
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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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Is this cracking foundation under a jack post a problem that requires repair?

I am buying an already-built new home. I find this in the basement. The builder says it's okay, but I am really concerned. Is this really a big issue? What steps would be required to repair it? This ...
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Framing half-wall in basement to full wall over exterior wall

Debating on whether this is something I can do or if I need to call in an pro. I have a basement room I'm looking to use as a theater room, and I need to finish a wall to the ceiling so I can hang a ...
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What are the pros and cons of covering a basement ceiling with drywall vs. panel board?

I'm renovating an unheated basement into a shop in a 1900's wood frame house. The plaster has long since come down and I'm looking to cover the joists. The goal is to insulate a bit (the floor ...
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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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Rim Joist Insulation without a Sill Plate

I've seen a few similar questions but the answers don't add up... I would like to use some rigid foam insulation to insulate my rim joists. Here is the problem: everything I have seen shows putting ...
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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 do I install cabinets on a floating hardwood floor?

We just purchased a bunch of cabinets for installation of a bar / kitchenette in the basement. There are 4 wall cabinets and four base cabinets. These are going to be installed on the existing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How could one insulate sill plate from the outside?

My house has a gap between the Basement wall and Sill Plate (location best shown in this picture). While there are several question and answers here, I have not found any that deals with a fix from ...
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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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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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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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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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Help with basement wall insulation

Here is the issue, my basement wall facing south is trapping moisture. Removed the drywall and found a layer of poly and rigid insulation on the lower wall and batting insulation on the top side. The ...
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What humidity should I set my dehumidifier to?

I just bought a 50 pint dehumidifier for my basement. What humidity level should I aim for? This time of year the outside humidity is very high (over 80%) and we do not have central air. Right now ...
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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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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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How do I dry up a stucco wall that presents efflorescence?

I have determined the source of the water and I would like to believe that I stopped that with a temporary fix (a large tarp that will cover my patio which used to collect water at the base of 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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insulating rim joist

After caulking the four joints that make up a rim joint, can I put the rigid 2" XPS board close to the room (the beginning of the cavity), or does it have to be put right up against the joist. ...
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Will adding a french drain and sealing the wall be sufficient to waterproof a basement?

I am going to attempt to waterproof the basement from the exterior. It is a new development that water is getting in the basement through the window wells and a crack in the wall. I am hoping I can ...