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Asbestos in concrete foundation

Clear and simple: is it possible that there is asbestos in the poured concrete foundation of a US home built in 1951? I am worried about this, because I want to drill holes in the basement concrete ...
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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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Hydraulic Cement vs Mortar for concrete block wall repair

I am repairing some mortar cracks in-between the concrete walls in my basement. Initially I was using hydraulic cement (I know most is technically hydraulic, I mean the leak stopping kind: ...
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Risk from neighbor's construction?

My two story brick house (Toronto, Canada, circa 1920) is about 5 feet from my neighbor's similar house. Both houses have full basements; my house extends about ten feet farther to the rear than his ...
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What's the right approach for insulating the slab & footings underneath a masonry fireplace/heater?

The fireplace will be located in the middle of the concrete slab (away from the foundation stem walls) so it will have its own footing. My impression is that footings should rest on soil & gravel ...
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What kind of sealant to use by foundation?

I have a small gap between my patio cement and foundation wall. I'd like to seal it to prevent water from going straight down. What is the best type of sealer to use? Here is a picture of the area I'd ...
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Current state of the art foundation waterproofing

I'm getting ready to dig up my yard and expose my foundation to waterproof it. What is the current state of the art for foundation waterproofing? I don't mean the stuff in a bucket that is typically ...
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How to extend Sump Pump discharge pipe from house

My house's sump pump discharge pipe exit's the house a couple of feet high from the ground and runs straight down. I don't want it dumping right next to the house (kid's sandbox is there now) so I ...
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What should I do if my house is leaning up off the foundation?

Bought my first home, and after removing some of the siding I found that a corner of the house is "lifted" above the foundation. What causes this, how bad is it, and how would I go about fixing it? ...
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Internal walls supported by rotten wood

We've an old house from 1890 and are replacing rotten and wood worm eaten beams and floors. But, whilst doing this we've found that the internal walls have been built on top of planks of wood placed ...
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How to reinforce bowing foundation?

Please note: I am obviously not a tradesman, otherwise I wouldn't be on this site asking this question. However, in five years of home ownership I have: re-roofed my garage, resanded all the hardwood ...
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New construction built on frozen ground = house settling 3" from north to south

We are in the process of building a new home. Our foundation and framing guy built through the winter, assuring us that they install wood basements all year. We have a wood basement with a wood floor ...
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What type of concrete foundation do you pour for sand?

I have a piece of beach front land that is sand (sometimes wet), what kind of foundation do you pour for a home constructed on sand? What kind of considerations do you take in if its water front and ...
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Can I rest cement posts directly on the bedrock to build a structure for a large shed?

So I live in Canada, where winters are cold, and where there's not much soil above the bedrock. I would like to build a sturdy structure for an existing "shed" (in fact a 100-year old former stable or ...
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Do I really need screw piles for a Yurt platform?

I am evaluating different options for a 24 foot diameter Yurt platform. This will be a round platform elevated between 5 and 6 feet, with 18 anchorage points. I am hesitating between options for my ...
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If I do not go into a party wall dispute, can I still appoint a surveyor to ensure I am protected against any damages?

I live in the UK. My neighbour has presented me with a party wall notice; saying they intend to build a wall close to the boundary, with foundations encroaching onto my land. While I do not in ...
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Water seeping through stained concrete in slab foundation - during heavy rain only

I bought a house in north Dallas, about a year ago, the house was built in 2000 and it is a single story house. There were no problems reported or found during the inspection for the foundation or the ...
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Possible townhouse units shifting

I live in a 4 unit town home. The two end units are ranch homes built on a slab and have a north and south entrance. The two middle units are raised ranch units built mostly over the two end ranch ...
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Will installing closed cell spray foam over ventilation for basement French drain significantly affect performance?

Question: Will installing closed cell spray foam over the ventilation for a basement French drain significantly affect the sump pump system's ability to remove water from the basement? Background: I ...
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What are the options to increase doorway height in load-bearing portion of foundation wall?

Question: What are the potential options for increasing doorway height in a load-bearing portion of a cinder block foundation wall? Background: I am considering finishing my basement, but there is an ...
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Different options for setting floor joists on top of cinder block foundation

I am in the preliminary phases of a new home design, which I will eventually get run by a professional builder but I am conceptualizing it on my own. So I am exploring different ways to attach the ...
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Wall between House and garage is hanging over the concrete slab. Is this a major issue?

We bought our house about six months ago, and we are first time home buyers, so please forgive my ignorance. This weekend I noticed that the bottom of the wall in the garage was about 1-2 inches over ...
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Are my basement walls sweating?

Portions of my basement wall are darker and appear to be wet, but to the touch they are just slightly cooler. I took a few pictures to show. The pattern of the darker areas is strange in some places ...
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How deep is the frost line for footers in Michigan?

How deep is the frost line for footers in Michigan? I want to put in a small shed in the back yard. 200 square feet large.
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Foundation Cinderblock Chipped Repair

I seem to have a fairly large chip in one of my foundation cinderblocks. Is this type of damage repairable as a DIY project?
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Help! enclosed porch/sunroom foundation

We just purchased a home and now that the snow level is not 4 feet high ( we live in central NY ) we see that the concrete patio/foundation has horizontal cracks, and crumbling along the side, corner ...
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What can I do about water coming in from underneath when it rains?

I live in a newer home. when it rains really hard and a lot water comes in and soaks my carpets.I can feel the walls wet. I don't have gutters or any leaks around window. I already had that checked. ...
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Minor Crawlspace Excavation: Need permits/structural engineer?

Background: First house, built in the late 60s, bought in October 2014. Original house has crawlspace with combination cinder/concrete foundation. Master bedroom is an addition to the house with a ...
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French Drain placement question

I am installing a French drain around the back side of my house to help protect the perimeter foundation. I have a 31'X 36' patio butted up against part of the foundation. Should I also install the ...
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Chimney on 100 year old home has pulled away from outside wall

I am restoring a 100 year old one story wood frame home with a metal roof. The original foundation sits on cut logs. The chimney has pulled away from the roof line which leaves an exposed area where ...
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Do I need a hydraulic jack to do main beam jacking?

I am planning to do some minor jacking of the main beam of my house (two stories with a lot of furniture and books) and some of the joists in order to correct a sag of about 1/2" and replace old ...
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No Sill Plate On Late 19th Century Bungalow

I'm trying to insulate in my basement because the floor and walls in my living space are very cold. As I started my project I realized there were no sill plates. The rim joist is set on 18 inch long ...
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What can I do about water runoff that is damaging soil around my house?

Just purchased my first home, it's on a slab and isn't on a flood/water tile of any sort. I've noticed that area's around the Gutter Drains where the Rain Slant thingies (im not sure what they are ...
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Concrete foundation repair

My home was built in 1914 (Portland, Oregon). In 1948, the house was moved 200 feet to its current location. The 750 square foot house has a concrete basement with a concrete floor. The concrete ...
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How to seal between sill plate and foundation wall with wide gap?

Here is a picture of the top of my uninsulated basement wall. The foundation is poured and from early 1970s. For orientation to the photo: the white in the lower left corner is the vertical face of ...
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Water seeping through my foundation in the garage - what is the source?

I have a house built 1994, one story, slab foundation. A few weeks back my renter left the sprinkler system on for over 7 hours on one side of the house (valve was broken). By the time she called ...
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Is it a problem if the framing is 4" short of the edge of slab foundation?

Addition to house, added slab to 7.5' x 21' porch surrounded on 3 sides. Brick & siding exterior. I think the framers thought there was going to be continuous brick, because the framing is set ...
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House slightly uneven floors almost everywhere

I recently purchased a 2050 sq ft. house 1 story, built in 2000, in North Dallas. We had a general inspection done on it, and the disclosure didn't mention any foundation issues, also all the doors ...
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Ceiling cracks appear and worsen over weeks. Self repair or professional?

Background We recently purchased a home built in mid-50s. At the time, no structural movement or displacement was noted by the home inspector. Over the last few weeks, there have been long cracks on ...
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What's the most cost effective solution for repairing a slab leak?

I live in Phoenix in a 1400 sqft home that was built in 1973, single story, brick and frame. A few days ago we experienced a slab leak in our guest bathroom, and we're currently entertaining bids to ...
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How to fix leaking basement window in foundation

I am trying to fix leaks in a basement window. After running water to determine the spot it is leaking, it appears to be leaking between the metal frame and the foundation. The concrete is chipping ...
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What can I do about a basement window well that is filling with water?

My house was built in the 1950s and I have a basement window well that was filling up with water after a hard rain. I have covers however the water would come up. After much reading online that there ...
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How can I repair a crack in my foundation that is leaking?

We need help and we don't know who to contact and how to fix the problem. We have a crack in the foundation. Pavers on one side, crack where the siding of the house is and then water is coming from ...
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How do weather conditions affect pouring a concrete foundation?

I'd like to understand how weather conditions affect pouring a concrete foundation. Are there concerns about pouring a foundation during cold, snowy, rainy, or otherwise inclement weather? Is it ...
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How to attach a new sill to an existing concrete foundation

I have a foundation of block wall. To get it to the correct height I need to put 4" solid block top cap on it and my sill plate on top of the 4" solid top cap. I can fill in the voids in the block ...
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How can I reduce vibration transfer to piled foundation?

Situation is: new home construction about 50-75 feet from a railroad and the home is to be built on piles (or stilts) elevated about 12-15 above grade. I'll leave the underground considerations to ...
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Removing old mortar

I found parge coating falling away from my fieldstone foundation(1906). I used a hammer to tap on the remaining parge of the first section I am going to repair. Some of the coating sounds very solid ...
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Why would cinder blocks be used instead of concrete for a foundation wall?

Saw this video about how to properly lay bricks and dang! It takes more skill and care than I thought. Then I saw a video about how foundations are poured into wooden casts from a big concrete truck ...
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Should I be worried about tears in my foundation wrap?

I recently moved into a newly built house in an area still in construction. My house was completed before my immediate neighbours. While they were excavating, they took large chunks of our foundation ...
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Routing cables under the house with raised perimeter foundation

Rather a simple question, I want to route some cables under the house with a raised perimeter foundation. The question is, how should I pass the cables I'm routing from under the house into the wall ...