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Leaking basement caused by poorly graded sidewalk

Along our sidewalk on the side of the house we have a 5ft section of cement that slopes directly to the house. The water pools from the steps back towards the window. About 8 inches to the right of ...
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What is a better base for skid foundation, gravel or crushed stone?

Building a skid foundation for a shed. What is the best material to put under the skids for stability/leveling. Uniform gravel (like this) or crushed stone like a 5/8 minus? Thanks,
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Where's this water coming from?

The carpet outside the bathroom has two wet spots, as though water is seeping up from slab foundation. Cannot find any pipes leaking in bathroom, the spots are randomly positioned, about a foot into ...
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Should I cover this gap under my front door?

Under my front door, there is a wood board, but there is a 1/2 to 1 inch gap above the board and below the threshold. Is it a problem if water gets in there? I'm not sure if I should seal it. There's ...
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Ideas on how to hide sprinkler wires?

Just figured out how to wire sprinklers (yay!) but I've left myself with this pretty ugly situation. I was thinking of hiding the wire below the stone, but I'm not sure how to hold it. Can I drill ...
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What are my options for saving this building?

I have a small building on my property that is about 15ft by 10ft. The building sits on a slope that runs downhill sort of at an angle from one front corner to the opposite back corner. It sits on ...
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How to insulate already-existing stud walls along block foundation

My new (to me) house has a 60-year-old block foundation. The previous owners did little to no insulating in the basement. However, they started to finish a bedroom down there, and got as far as ...
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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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Is it acceptable to install new cabinets parallel with the floor rather than plumb and level?

My house sits on a slab that is currently not level. Given that I have plans to correct the foundation issues in about 1.5-2 years, does it make sense to install the cabinets so that they are squared ...
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Field-stone Foundation on Top of Bedrock, Keep the Water Out?

I have a field-stone foundation built on top of bedrock. Due to the slop of the bedrock, water collects outside and runs down under the wall. As you can see from the pictures, moisture gets in. I ...
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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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Basement foundation wall repair

After we poured some concrete outside of our east wall, we noticed some cracks along the foundation wall. I guess due to the weight of the new foundation, the foundation wall crumbled. One of the ...
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How to go about building an aquarium into a wall?

I plan to install a 180 gallon aquarium in my basement. The dimensions are 72" x 24" x 25" About 2000 pounds after sand and decorations when filled How should I go about doing this without having ...
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House overhang issues

I am a newish owner of a 1960 built ranch home. The entire back of the house overhangs the foundation (poured concrete) by about three feet. Inside of the house the entire floor has bowed maybe an ...
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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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Replacing a crawl space with concrete slab

I have a 1970 rental house that is prone to flooding the crawlspace approximately 1 week a year. To clarify, the whole section of land, yard, and streets are under a foot or more of water, due to ...
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cracks on both side of the bay window

my house is a typical semi detached 1930 house, there are two cracks on the both side of the bay window , they are roughly about 3-4cm wide, it was easy to filled it up with the mortar. the crack is ...
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How to frame a wall around existing exterior door

Framing a basement. I have a an exterior door that is set in the poured foundation. I'm building my wall that runs parallel to foundation that has the existing door and is ~2-4" from the foundation. ...
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Can I pour concrete next to my foundation?

I'm planning to install a 4x4 fence into the ground by digging up a hole, adding some gravel, then pouring concrete in. Is it a problem if the concrete touches the foundation of the house? I've added ...
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What kinds of contractors deal with basement/foundation flooding/leaks?

Winter is coming to an end. All the snow/ice in my back lawn is thawing. A massive vertical crack has opened in my basement wall (the foundation) and water is hemmoraging in. I tried parging it with ...
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How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?

I am planning on building a raised concrete patio. I would like to build the perimeter of block and fill it with stone and then cap it in concrete to be finished with blue stone later. The patio will ...
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workaround for ground anchor settling in clay

We have a sun room built by a contractor for which building plans had to be approved by the city and a professional engineer. The room is about 12' x 12' and attached to the house. It sits on a ...
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Securing timber frame foundaton with rebar

I am building a 16'x8' shed in Seattle (18" frost line) and am now planning on using a timber frame foundation as outlined in this article with PT 6x6s. It will be half chicken coop/half shed for ...
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Is a floating perimeter slab a good approach for a dirt-floor shed?

I'm building a 16' x 7' shed and chicken coop in Seattle. I want it to have a dirt floor and be safe from predators crawling underneath. I've been struggling with how best to do the "foundation". I ...
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Concrete foundation crack

Two storey home, 14yrs old. Concrete foundation. Ground is mostly clay. Steel I beam crossing the middle of the basement ceiling to distribute load. The I beam is inset into the top of the ...
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Joists have different height

I'm first time homeowner and bought a house (built in 1999) in fall of 2015 (Philadelphia suburb). During inspection of the house I noticed squeaky floors and inspector said its due to nails rubbing ...
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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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Failing foundation outside wall looks like it is buckling but it's not

My contractor poured a grey beam on the outside of the failing wall but it over time made it worse. I was wondering if I make a 3 plate beam out of 2 by 10 approx 20 feet long put it on the inside on ...
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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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Bought a 20 year old house last spring and it appears to be settling - when to call in experts

This house is about 20 years old and we purchased it last April without seeing any of this stuff. The inspection came back OK but we found a decent sized foundation crack on the walkthrough under some ...
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Water seeping through where pipe exits slab foundation

OK, the backstory can be found in this previous questions: Repairing leaking DWV vertical 3" thin wall PVC. Basically, found mold growth behind baseboards of a powder bathroom adjoining the kitchen. ...
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Where is this water coming from around my condensate pipe? (super confused)

Okay, so somewhat complicated story. When we bought our house 6 months ago the furnace was brand new but the AC unit was old. AC unit developed a leak that was expensive to repair, so we replaced it. ...
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Shelving on Rubble Stone Foundation

I am looking to build shelving, nothing fancy, for a basement wall. I want to go the easiest possible route and was thinking of nailing a couple 2x4's to the wall and attaching some shelving brackets ...
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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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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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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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Handling basement water infiltration behind bulkhead

My house has two different kinds of foundation, The older part is brick-over-fieldstone. The newer part, dug a bit deeper, is poured concrete. When that extension was added, they added a cinder-block ...
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What's the best way to get grade below foundation wall?

We just discovered that the cause of some water staining on the internal sill-plates on top of the basement foundation wall are due to the outside grade sitting ~2 inches above the foundation wall!! ...
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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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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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Foundation Built on Ledge Rock

A corner of my houses foundation sits on ledge rock. There's some corrosion that lets moisture in where the foundation meets the rock. The foundation is field stone and was built 100 years ago. Why ...
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Raised and Slab Foundation in Home

I am purchasing a home in Southern California. During the inspection, we discovered that the home is built on both a raised and slab foundation. The house was originally built in the late 1940s ...
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What rock to use to fill behind a retain wall?

I've got a small retain wall I'm building to help fight some erosion in my backyard. I've got paver base, tamper, block, and cap to start the project but I was wondering if I needed additional rock ...
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Is this foundation properly supported against rotation in an earthquake?

This foundation was built 1938, and seems unusually tippy even for the time. This is in an earthquake zone, the garage has a second floor above, and the given wall is shearwalled and bolted, with ...
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Method to fasten pink board to interior foundation wall

So I'll be finishing my basement soon and will be using 1.5" pinkboard attached to my interior foundation walls. What is the best method to fasten this to the wall (construction adhesive, caulk)? ...
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Waterproofing weeping tile inside vs outside

I just bought a new house. The basement is mostly concrete slabs, except for under the porch steps: there is a single row of cinder blocks. It's leaking water from a corner (at eye level) in that ...
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How to protect foundation, sill, and siding from moisture (snow)

I have an old house with a stone foundation and ~6x6 sill plate. The deck used to butt right up to the siding. I cut the deck away about 18" in order to get access to the area for some ...
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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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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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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 ...