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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Creating 1" Air Gap between foundation wall and fiberglass batts

We just bought a house in Calgary, AB, Canada and noticed that the basement is below grade and is insulated with fiberglass batts. There is no drywall at the moment; hence, I have access to the vapor ...
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How can I stop this water from entering my basement?

I have water issues in my basement - as you can see, it comes in via some cracks between my basement floor and the concrete pads that the washer/dryer sit on. I am working on fixing the problem ...
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Basement shower with Redgard & Kerdi drain

We're adding a shower to an existing basement bath rough-in. Space is tight and we are planning to use a combo of Redgard and a Kerdi shower drain to save money/space/time. Trying to use only a ...
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Painted sample areas have different sheen than the rest of the wall

I recently finished my basement. Had the drywall textured. Painted three sample areas of different paint colors I was trying to decide on. I decided on one and got the paint from a different paint ...
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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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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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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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Vapour barrier for basement garage ceiling

To make the floor of a bedroom above a garage warmer it is desireable to insulate the garage ceiling. Does a vapour barrier go up in the joists against the floor above since the house would be ...
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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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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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basement sump pump water level above drain tile

We bought our house in December of 2015. House is situated at bottom of the slope (backyard is slopping towards the back of the house not very steep - but still negative slope). House has sump pump ...
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What is this 2" Diameter Hole in Basement Foundation Floor?

I am wondering what this hole in my basement foundation floor is for, and if I can cover it up or just put a plug in it. I am aware of one other similar hole (carpet is covering it though) on the ...
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3/4 bath plumbing expectations

I'm hoping someone can help me figure out the following. I paid my home builder to plumb a 3/4 bath in the basement. As we got close to closing they finally cleaned up the basement and gave us a ...
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Collapsing wooden basement walkout

The issue: We bought a house, built around 1985, but it has this extremely poorly built walkout from the basement. It looks like the builder's "solution" for drainage was a bent piece of tin ...
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backwater valve: flap on top vs flap on bottom

I am getting a backwater valve installed in my basement (so the backwater valve should be easily accessible). There seems to be two models recommended by the people I got quotes from, one with the ...
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Open-bottom access box for a backwater valve in basement

I am getting a backwater valve installed in the basement to prevent sewage backups. The contractor will install a backwater valve (something like this) enclosed in some access box (something like this ...
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Are hairline cracks in basement concrete floor a problem - no water coming in

I notice quite a few hairline crack in my basement concrete floor. I've lived here for 14 years and no water has come up through the cracks. The townhouse was built in 1999 (so it is not a new pour). ...
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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ground water in old coal store

Hi my old coal store in cellar leaks ground water when it rains. Rest of my cellar is a converted kitchen and bathroom. House is over 100 years old. I have damp proofed with liquid rubber, tanking tar ...
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How to level out or grind down concrete basement floor?

I had a french drain installed in my basement and the top of its cement sits around 1/8" to 1/4" of an inch higher then the rest of my basement floor. I need to somehow level this out so I can put ...
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Should I bother to flip basement ceiling insulation that's on backwards?

the rolled faced insulation on the ceiling of my unfinshed unheated basement is on backwards(vapor barrier facing down instead of up towards the 1st floor),1st floor is uncovered hardwood. Insulation ...
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Dehumidifer outside to dry inside

I live in a tiny place. I recently found a dehumidifier that could be placed outside. It has sensors that can be placed inside and connect to the dehumidifier. Does it make sense to put the ...
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Install carpet tiles over laminate in basement?

We currently have laminate flooring in our basement, which appears to be installed directly on the concrete floors. We haven't noticed any moisture issues in the 3 years we've been here; we had some ...
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Can I trim the plastic sticking up from edges of my basement wall?

Original question: Before we bought our house, a moisture control system was installed on one side of our basement. The channel runs along the foundation and ends at a sump pump. This channel was ...
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basement subfloor - do i need sleepers for this solution

I'm going to install a basement subfloor. I want to follow option 3 from this site: http://homerenovations.about.com/od/additions/a/BasementSubfloor.htm. A nice option because the foam insulation ...
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Sump pit filling very quickly from inlet pipes

In October, I bought a large home with a sump pit in the basement. The previous owners had a sump pump but left it shut off (unplugged). I bought the house three months before moving in, so the pump ...
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Chimney removal/patch at basement floor

I recently demolished a chimney, for time and lack of energy I stopped just above basement floor level. I also was a bit surprised that the bottom of the bricks goes below the top of the basement ...
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Basement Floor Installation - Do I need a subfloor or can I use underlayment for warm floor

Live in Vancouver, BC. I'm in the drywall phase of my basement project and we would like to put down vinyl flooring. My unfinished basement has been ultra dry for the last 8 years as it has great ...
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Should I do something about these cracks in the basement wall?

I noticed some cracks in my basement wall that are bulging out. Also, there are some patches and a vertical line near the corner where the material (I think it's plaster over the cement) is ...
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Should I use a subfloor for a finished basement's floor?

We are refinishing our basement and have not yet decided what to do for the floors. Part of the basement will be tile, and we are all set. However, the rec room side is going to be carpet. The ...
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Can a washer and dryer be next to a water heater?

I have a GE gas dryer (DSXH47GGWW) that is currently next to an exterior basement wall. I'd like to move it to the opposite wall (shared with the crawl space) right next to the water heater next to ...
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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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Pros and cons of painting cinder block in basement?

I have owned my house for 5 years. The outside wall of the laundry room in the basement is unfinished cinderblock. The cinderblock wall looks a bit unsightly, with dabs of paint, and the rough ...
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Is this stairway wall load bearing? If so, how should I modify it for a nook? [closed]

I'm the in beginning stages of finishing my basement in my new Utah town home. I want to build a nook under the stairwell (see pic). I need to establish if the stairway wall/framing is load ...
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Repairing (Aesthetically) a rusty washing machine and dryer

I've recently purchased a home with a washer and dryer that were left on the basement floor without any padding underneath. The washer and dryer have both rusted near their bases, and the dryer has ...