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Repairing Basement Wall Framing After Subpanel install notched to 75%

I have a home I bought a few months ago and I'm working on finishing out the basement space. The builder put in a 2x6 wall 12" on center. I quite certain it's a load bearing wall. 2 Story house with a ...
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basement water backing up from public water system

My house has suffered water last night because some water backing up to my basement through the hole on the ground. The hole looks like below: It seems water in this hole will up if it's raining ...
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Pressure Treated Bottom Plate

I am finishing my basement myself. Its all framed up and I was getting ready to run wire. I noticed a county requirement for pressure treated wood for the bottom plate. I did not do this!!! I am ...
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How to resolve damp basement floor (possibly from capillary suction)?

First of all, as a kind of disclaimer, note that this is my first question ever asked on stackexchange, that I am not a native english speaker, and that I am a DIYer, not a pro. That being said, here ...
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Basement rough-in. Converting plumbing from a tub to a fiberglass shower

the basement rough-in was completed with a shower/tub rough-in. I want to convert it to a shower. I bought an alcove left drain fiberglass tub. The shower does have a p-trap and everything should be ...
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How to frame a floor in an unfinished crawl space?

I've got a "crawl space" (really an unfinished space) under the main floor in a 2-story-with-basement house. I'd like to build essentially a deck frame and cover it in 3/4" plywood so that we can ...
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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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New home build - cracks in basement concrete floor

PicturesI have a new house under constructions and recently found many many cracks have developed on the concrete slab in the basement. The worst run along straight lines where the sections were ...
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Old basement crumbling basement walls and asbestos

I want to refinish my basement walls, as they look really bad. I tore down some wood paneling that was starting to warp, and behind that was some styrofoam insulation. Behind styrofoam is 3 mil ...
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Why is the sump pump inlet draining directly onto the float?

Why is the sump pump inlet draining directly onto the float? Won't this prevent it from rising most of the time?
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Can I exchange a chimney flue for a larger diameter flue?

Thank you for the advice in advance. I have a 1 1/2 story home with a central chimney that has two flues installed. The main level has a gas log fireplace and the other flue runs to the basement ...
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Will mineral oil help prevent smelly basement traps during extended vacations?

Will mineral oil in my basement traps keep them from smelling during a NY winter while we vacation elsewhere for three months? Our remodeled basement has had a problem with the odor, which is fine if ...
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Repainting a sealed block basement wall

Looking to improve my basement a bit. The walls are concrete block, with some kind of waterproofing or sealing paint over them. The paint is in good condition, no cracks, flaking, peeling, etc. and ...
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What's the best way to cover my egress window (not soft plastic) where the window is above the window well?

What's the best way to cover an egress window where the cement for the window sticks 11" above the metal window well cover (the window itself is above 10" above the metal window well)? I'm looking for ...
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Easy way to putting a kitchenette in the basement without having to cut through the floors

I would like to add a kitchenette in my basement so I can rent it. However I am in a really low budget and I don't want to destroy the floors. I would like to have a 2 burners electric stove, a small ...
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Should toilet be close to sewage pump?

I am adding a bathroom in basement which will have a sewage pump. I am finalizing the bathroom layout and the ideal setup will have the toilet 8 ft away from the sewage pump. Is there any reason of ...
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How to stabilize a wooden lawn mower ramp over stairs?

I'd like to build a ramp for a lawn mower that is in the basement. The only way out is a set of stairs with a very little space to turn to them (that's why the ramp doesn't extend all the way to the ...
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Can you lay subfloor on concrete before framing interior walls?

Our unfinished basement has a concrete floor and poured concrete walls. It has stayed completely dry all year for a decade since the house was built. I will be framing the exterior walls 1" from the ...
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How to tighten threaded pipe in an existing assembly of pipes

I have a brass pipe with threaded joints coming into the house from the street that has a leaking joint. I can't see how it can be tightened without loosening the joint at the other end of the pipe. ...
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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 can I repair and level the settled edges of a basement slab?

What would be the correct way to level a basement floor that is this much uneven, so that I could build a sublfoor consisting of delta-fl and plywood ? Thank you for any help !
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Water seepage in basement

I have water seeping into my basement where the mortar has eroded. Is there some sort of waterproofing I can put on before the new mortar, or is there a type of mortar that is waterproof? Any info ...
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Water flow over basement window sill

The sidewalk going around my house was poured very close to the edge of the basement window. The slab has sunk and water no pools against the house in that area. If we get a torrential rainfall, the ...
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What is the minimum thickness of foam board when insulating a basement

What is the minimum thickness of the foamboard insulation that can be used when insulating a concrete basement wall when it comes to moisture control and temperature control? Obviously thicker is ...
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Solving active sump issues

We bought our 20 year old house in Fishers, IN (northeast Indy suburb) this past summer. Three days after moving in, we had the last of the bad summer storms. One of the pumps in our Triple Safe sump ...
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Sewer odor from basement floor drain

I'm experiencing strong "sewer odors" coming from one of the basement drains. This is an old house (meaning the basement floor drains don't have an elbow bend and instead run straight down / there is ...
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Can I use liquid nails to attach toe plate/sill plate to concrete floor?

Sorry for my choice of words yesterday. Hope this is better explained: ground water flooded two finished rooms in my basement. Took out rotting, mildewed drywall, studs, sill plate, insulation. ...
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Power Miter Saw, Hand Miter Saw, or Jig Saw?

Looking to build a utility/storage shelf in the unfinished area of my basement. Considered dropping the $170 to get the metal unit from Home Depot (in the U.S.), but thought that now that we have a ...
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Can I use construction adhesive alone to attach pressure-treated wall plate to concrete floor?

Replacing walls in basement due to flooding. Contractor installed sump and drain pipe around the inside of the cinder block wall. I want to put in new wall, concerned that TapCon or other hammer/gun ...
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Attach XPS to back of stud framing?

In the basement that I'm finishing I have an irregular, rough stone foundation wall, pretty dry. I'll use 1" XPS foam insulation, then drywall. Can I build the framing on the floor, attach the XPS to ...
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What should I have my dehumidifier set at to dry out my basement?

I have a 1600 sq ft home. The wellmate sprung a leak last Sat and soaked the basement. Im running fans down there and just got a 40 pint dehumidifier per the service guy. What setting should I set it. ...
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what is long term impact of stones on house wall?

Here is my first question on this site. Apology for any error. I live in 1500 sqft house with unfinished basement. I'm planning to put some stones outside house near walls (in garden). And have a ...
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Laminate across multiple rooms, help!

I have to install laminate (actually it's click luxury vinyl planks) across multiple rooms in the basement (and some steps) without transition. I have laid laminate in single rooms before, but this ...
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Can I split off a pipe to create an additional faucet in my basement?

I've been madly googling this question, but either this is not a thing anybody does or I can't find the words to express it well enough to get an answer. I have a home hydroponics setup for growing ...
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What are the pros and cons of paint vs epoxy for concrete floors?

We will be finishing our basement in our new house - over the next two years or so. Eventually, we will put down flooring in most of the basement (although some parts will remain unfinished). ...
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Extending plumbing vent horizontally

I am planning to finish the basement and have some questions regarding the plumbing. The builder already have the bathroom rough in but the location is at middle of the basement. I want to have 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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Installation of padded carpet over asbestos in basement

Need the best way to install padded carpet over plastic I have already installed to protect from possible asbestos?
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Can't friction fit insulation

I have interior walls that are 24OC and I'm insulating them with 15.5 OC Denim/Cotton batts (they don't make a 23/24" version of this insulation) Because they're interior, normally a friction fit ...
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Buying a House On Underground Spring. What to do?

My fiancé and I are under contract on a new home which we are concerned it might be built on an underground spring. There are two sump pumps in the house, on opposite corners of the house. Both times ...
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Water on basement floor and attempting to fix with mortar?

I have waterproofed my basement completely for three sides (digging and using membrane and installing weeping tile), but for the remaining side which is a sidewalk, it would be too expensive to bust ...
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What are the steps or phases to prepare a basement for finishing?

I've got a small house with an old finished basement, and want to refinish it. I've removed most of what's there (carpet, panel walls, old ceiling tiles, floor tile, etc) and am at a point where I ...
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Insulating Concrete Forms

Has anyone had bad experiences with using insulating concrete forms, either during construction or, once built, seeing moisture/mildew or having termite problems?
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Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?

Related: When should you use metal studs? I'm planning on finishing my basement. (assuming all water issues are resolved) I'll be putting up a water barrier (tar paper) on all exterior walls, ...
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How should I connect a steel I beam to the sill plate above it?

I have a late 70s house, and I want to install a wall next to the middle I beam in the basement ceiling. If I put a 2x flush to the sill plate, it will be fire blocked as well. The problem is that ...
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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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Best way to drywall a basement [closed]

My basement is dry. I just recently drylocked the walls. So now I want to put drywall up. Was going to use the foam board installation....wooden framing and green board. But with reading the many ...
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How to properly ventilate a finished basement?

I am trying to understand what is the proper way to ventilate a basement. I have a finished basement which if not ventilated starts to smell ..like a basement :-) and I don't like it. If I run the ...
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What Cement Based Product Is Used for Smoothly Finished Floors?

I recently replaced a floor drain in my basement around which I had dug out the concrete, gravel and clay soil. When I sealed it back in, I laid down a bed of gravel and sand, and then used a ...
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Transparent screw-on 6" cap for PVC pipe

I got a backwater valve installed in my basement. The water table was high, so I could not use a backwater valve with a see-through cover; I had to use a valve that is typically used for outside ...