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Is there a purpose for the concrete border at base of this house?

My wife and I are in negotiations to purchase a house that is located in the Southeastern US. The home inspector was a bit baffled by the concrete border (first image) that runs along the back and ...
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Minimum setback for retaining wall

Is there a minimum distance needed between a retaining wall and a home? I've seen many homes with a sloped back yard, such that there is a 6' high above ground retaining wall between the backyard and ...
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How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?

There's this layout (view from above). There's a log house supported by very weak foundation raised from ground level and there's a cellar right next to the house. The cellar is about 1,8 meters ...
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Stem wall forming questions

I'm getting ready to build a new detached garage - excavator coming this weekend! After getting a few bids, I've decided I'm going to pour the footer & stem wall myself, and contract the flatwork....
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Concrete Slab touching siding and accumulating moisture

In my house there is a concrete patio which is touching siding and foundation. Since the grade of the patio is not correct near the place it touches the siding water puddles in it after rain. I am ...
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Can an addition be attached to a post and pillar foundation

I am looking to buy a home that has a post and pillar foundation. It is a one bedroom, so one of the requirements for the future is that it be able to be expanded to at least 2 bedroom. It is in the ...
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Cracks in basement cement just poured

I saw this in my wall that was just poured. Contractor says its not a problem, I think it is.
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How to repair / reinforce deteriorated footings and subsoil below brick & concrete porch

My fiancee and I recently moved into a 1922 brick craftsman-style home. The front porch has a ~4" poured concrete floor and large solid concrete railing caps (12"W x 4"D). Brick columns support the ...
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Water leak below the foundation and into the garage

I have water puddle that has been appearing just below the foundation threshold from my laundry room in to garage floor just below the entry door. There is an 9" step up into the house (the ...
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How do I know if/when tuckpointing is necessary, especially if I finish the basement?

1900-ish brick-over-fieldstone foundation seems perfectly happy right now, but [digression about fieldstone aside]... What's best practice? What do I look for to tell when maint is required? (...
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Foundation sealer - Oil or Water based

I'm considering a couple of different products for dampproofing / hopefully waterproofing my foundation. One is waterbased, contains rubber and asphalt, does not have a solvent order and can be ...
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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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Monolithic frost proof shallow foundation, advice on the smaller details?

I'm building a 16x24 shed/garage. I have done most of the site work and I have a concrete guy starting tomorrow on the forms in preparation for a pour on Friday. He's done insulated slabs, he has 30 ...
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Fixing foundation crack with repair kits

I have a crack in the foundation visible on both sides, interior and exterior on an older home (built in 60's). In my case the foundation does not seem to be sagging. I have received some advice ...
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How to minimise the amount of concrete needed for a shed foundation?

I’m looking to build a 6m by 3m shed in the back garden. It will be jammed in between 3 neighbours’ gardens, so it will have to be less than 2.5m high. Roof will most likely be a low grade pitch with ...
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Can fig trees endanger neighbouring buildings?

Can a fig tree be damaging the foundations of a neighboring building? We have several fig trees growing very close to a number of small buildings. Recently it came to light that one of those trees' ...
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How to seal joint between stone foundation wall and conrete cellar floor

In my 1910 vintage Baltimore row house, the concrete cellar floor was laid after the construction of the house. The joint between the irregular surface of the stone foundation wall and the concrete ...
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1910's vintage stone and motar foundation wall crumbles along its base

My Project goal: prevent crumbling of a parged and painted stone foundation, which is not an 'exterior' wall. Means to attain goal: coat the wall. My basement walls, which are parged and painted, ...
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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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Shed base foundation above or below ground?

I am looking for a little advice with building a shed base. The size of shed I would like to put on the base will be 6mx3m. The shed base I am looking to put down is going to be made from treated ...
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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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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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The tube drain pipe is in bad shape

Okay, two months or so ago I had the drains in the house snaked because of slow draining at almost all of the fixture sites. After the plumber was done, everything was great, but two days ago I walked ...
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Flooded HVAC ducts

I own a house (Built in 1966) on a shallow hillside, around which recent rain has caused complete ground saturation. On my bottom floor, which is on a concrete slab, the three floor vents were ...
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How do I put a proper foundation under a sunroom that is already built?

We bought a house that had an add-on to the back of our home, a sunroom, but it is not on a concrete foundation and in the winter that room is cold. The room is added on to my kitchen. As far as I ...
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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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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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Recurring crack on second floor ceiling

We have a 13 year old 1 1/2 story house (colonial with vaulted ceiling and dormers on front, 4 BR, 2 BA upstairs on the back side. The foyer is 2 story, with stairs going up to the second level. At ...
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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?