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Is there any way to predict foundation problems?

I'm considering buying a historic home >100 years old on the Chicago north shore and am trying to quantify/budget for the most expensive risks. I assume the foundation is one of the most expensive ...
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How can I secure a shed with a skid foundation in a windy location?

I'm planning to install an 8'x8' composite storage shed in my backyard on a 4x4 skid foundation. However, my house is located in a very windy location. In the past 4 years, I've had my wooden privacy ...
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Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?

I'm considering buying a 45 year old house. The house is in good condition, and has a big old oak tree 15 or 20 feet from the back of the house. It's a beautiful tree, clearly as old as the house, but ...
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Home made powered foundation vents? Computer fans and solar power?

So I have a bit of a moisture issue in my crawl space. I've considered closing up the crawl space completely but I think that sounds like to much work and this idea below sounds more fun. I was going ...
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Worth it to add footing insulation if there's already a thermal break?

I've been considering insulating the outside perimeter footings of my 1972 ranch house in northern New Mexico. The slab-on-grade it's built on (that constitutes the subfloor) reaches a temperature ...
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house cracking inside and out

have a three level house in the south suburbs of chicago. the house was built on marsh land in the late 70's . when we moved into the house the previous owner remodeled the lower level removing the ...
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Prevent water seepage through concrete block foundation

Earlier this week we had a really warm day which was welcomed by many after such a long cold winter. That night I came home to find a small puddle forming on my basement floor. I followed the water ...
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Can I dig up next to my foundation to add height below my deck for storage?

The previous homeowner had a deck. Then he enclosed it. Then he dug out underneath it about 3-4 feet, cut into the foundation, and put a door from under the basement to under the deck. It's about 7ft ...
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Slab foundation floor crack

I am purchasing a new construction home. The foundation, patio, & garage slabs were all poured at the same time, in mid-september. The home is not yet complete, but we have noticed a crack in the ...
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Is this normal for the brick to extend past the concrete slab foundation?

I am in the process of buying a home and noticed that the brick extends past the concrete slab foundation. I checked different houses around the area and all were flush with the concrete slab. Is this ...
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How to plug hole in foundation?

Here is the front of my house. As you can see it is a 2-story dwelling on the left with a garage on the right that is connected to the main house by a "sunroom" (porch/breezeway/whatever). The main ...
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How do I place a terminal fence post next to my house?

I'm about to begin setting all of my terminal posts for a chain link fence. However, upon digging the post hole for the terminal post that goes up against the house, I ran into a possible problem. ...
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How should I shim a foundation vent?

I bought some new foundation vents that attach with tension screws instead of mortar. I chiseled out my old vent and with the new vent in place, there is a large gap. How do you recommend I fill the ...
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How can I reduce or eliminate flaking from a limestone basement?

I have a 1902 house that was built on a limestone foundation. In the basement, the limestone blocks flake a bit which gets to be somewhat annoying having to sweep/vacuum it up from time to time. Are ...
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What is this material on my interior foundation walls?

I have a poured concrete foundation. A portion of my basement is unfinished. It looks like a white plaster has been sprayed onto the foundation wall inside my house: I suspect spraying as there are ...
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Repair water leak around gas line in foundation

I've noticed during heavy rains that I get water leaking through the wall of my foundation, about 2 feet below grade, where an old capped off gas line enters the basement. Looking around online I've ...
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How soon can I paint after filling cracks in a foundation?

I have a foundation that I am trying to get back into shape. I just wire brushed/scraped, power washed and dug out/filled in cracks using Quikrete vinyl concrete patch. I want to paint it now. I ...
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Re-Pointing Fieldstone Foundation [duplicate]

I purchased my 110 year old colonial house 6 months ago. It has a field stone foundation that looks completely original (with a few small repairs). The house is located in North Eastern Massachusetts ...
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Vertical cracks on newly poured foundation

The builder just poured concrete for the foundation of my house. One week later I saw a vertical crack on the back side of the slab. The crack is thin but it goes vertical and also horizontal. It is ...
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How best can I seal up an old coal door?

Alongside my house is an old coal door that was never properly sealed. Some caulk was added around the metal exterior door, and a piece of plywood nailed over the interior opening (more to keep out ...
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How many concrete piers do I need to support a 10 x 10 wooden floor supporting a 1600 lb shed?

Aptos, CA, United States. As you've probably noticed from my prior post, I'm in the process of building a foundation for a garden shed. My specific county/region does not have strict ...
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What is the official name for this metal bracket that sits on top of a concrete pier?

What is the official name for this metal bracket that sits on top of a concrete pier?
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What kind of foundation should I use for this garden shed site location?

I'm getting ready to prep the following section of ground for a 10 x 10 wood garden shed: The actual shed itself will look something like this: I can do some minor leveling but unfortunately ...
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water coming up from under cement foundation

I've been living in my home for 28 years. It's brick on a cement foundation built in 1985. I had a patio poured at the back door in 1986. There is a approx. 1/16 inch crack that I should have sealed ...
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What are these vents in the foundation mortar for?

Throughout the interior side of my 1925 brick foundation are little metal vents embedded in the mortar at irregular intervals. Neither our home inspector nor our real estate agent knew exactly what ...
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Should I have any readily apparent concerns about the foundation and framing of this new build?

Should I have any readily apparent concerns about the foundation and framing of this new build in the Seattle, WA area? Is there any reason to get an inspection prior to building completion? I don't ...
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How do I determine if my basement leak is a foundation problem

I have a basement leak that happens every other year on average, after either a very heavy rainfall, or melting of a lot of snow. It occurs on only one wall of the basement, and I've detected water ...
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Is it OK that the frame of my house doesn't line up with the slab?

My new house is being framed. I saw that the frame extends 1-2" from the foundation: Click photograph for full size The builder told me it happens often and the city inspector will catch it if this ...
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Can I convert a basement window to a door?

We have a poured concrete basement, serving as the foundation of our home, which was built in 2008 in central Minnesota. The basement has 3 vinyl windows, the sills of which are around 1' above ...
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Should I insulate the exterior foundation wall above grade or insulate the interior basement wall?

An existing basement wall is not insulated on either side. Humidity inside is causing significant sweating on the cold wall in the winter months. Outside, the top 4 feet of wall are exposed above the ...
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What is involved in replacing leaking iron drain pipes in a house with a concrete foundation?

I noticed cracks in the walls getting larger and called someone to check on the foundation. The foundation is fine (it's previously been repaired) but the center of the house is sinking. I plugged the ...
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What should I do about a horizontal crack around my porch slab?

This crack runs all the way around my porch slab but doesn't go into the foundation where the basement starts. The ranch house was built in 1956. The porch was framed in and our office is in there ...
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How can I prevent my hoop house from being uprooted by strong winds?

I am installing a 20' x 100' hoop house with 5' spacing between each of the hoops. The arch is about 10' tall. The hoops are galvanized chain link fence top rail. 3 rails inserted into one another ...
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How do I cut a new crawlspace access in a brick foundation?

When my house was built, the crawlspace access was put on the high side of the property, which I'm sure gave the subcontractors the easiest access for HVAC, wiring, etc. But there is very little ...
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What do I need to consider when enlarging a basement apartment by opening up an attached garden shed?

I would like to open up a wall made of cinder bricks between a finished basement (back split) and the garden shed that is an original part of the house. I would then have the garden shed space ...
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What should I do about a crack in the concrete slab in my living room?

We purchased the house about 2 years ago. The house is about 50 years old. Today we removed the carpet and the hardwood floors under the carpet. We found out the slab has an approximately 10ft long ...
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What should I consider when cutting/making window in concrete foundation?

I am thinking about putting in another window for my basement apartment. I would like to know what do I need to consider before trying to find a contractor to do this. I have uploaded a picture of ...
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Would adding new basement windows jeopardize the integrity of the foundation?

We are finishing our basement and would like to install 4 new hopper windows onto the front side of the house. My question is what is the largest reasonably sized window that can be cut from the ...
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Should I be concerned with my back flow valve pit filling with water?

I have never had foundation or ground water problems in my basement but I did have a sewar problem and as part of a recent replacment of that, I had a back flow valve installed that looks like this: ...
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Could this cracked drywall be caused by a shifting house?

We are in southern Illinois and last Sunday my wife noticed a crack above the kitchen cabinets. We started looking around and have found cracks all over the house in different areas that were not ...
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How do I fix the cracks in my brick foundation?

I have some cracks in the foundation of the house I am about to buy. The house is 100 years old, there doesn't seem to be water leaks. The cracks don't look to be offset. Attached is the picture ...
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Is it wise to cut a long trench in concrete slab foundation?

I've got a two-car garage (4-inch concrete slab on grade) that I'm turning into living space. I want to put a bathroom out there but I need to get plumbing through the floor. I didn't think it was ...
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How to properly close a chimney hole in the basement

I recently removed the old unused wood stove in my basement. I now want to properly condemn the chimney. I found this question which answers what to do with the chimney outside, but I am still unsure ...
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What are some good concrete and foundation books?

I've done all sorts of home repairs and projects, but never concrete work. I've been looking for a good book to help me learn how to build concrete foundations for a home, and how to pour and finish ...
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How can I tell if a slab foundation can be built on?

I am purchasing a small one-story home built in 1955. I want to turn the garage into living space. The home sits on a crawlspace, but the garage is on a slab that was added to the side and abuts the ...
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Should I be concerned about my house settling?

I bought my home about a year ago (September 2011). It's a split-level ranch built in the mid-70s. I have a couple of spots, especially on a wall going perpindicular through the center of the house ...
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What are the disadvantages of having electrical conduit penetrate my foundation below-grade?

I'm having an electrician wire a lamppost in the backyard. His initial proposal was to do something like this picture shows: (The diagram is from this article.) The conduit's rise from the ground ...
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Door sticking, frame no longer square, is this serious?

I'm a rookie home owner. My "mudroom" door (never heard that term before this house) has started to stick. The house was built in 1952. At the time it was just the house, and the garage and mudroom ...
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Is it normal to find cracks in new concrete?

I'm having a house built and they just completed pouring the slab for the foundation a few days ago. When I inspected it today I noticed several narrow (but sometimes long; one or two do them appear ...
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How difficult is it to repair or replace a preserved wood foundation?

I am looking at buying a house that has a PWF (Preserved Wood Foundation) foundation. Though there are some benefits to having one there seems to be varying opinions on such a foundation. I'm ...