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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 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 in two places: 1) between the metal frame and the foundation under the ...
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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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Did I do the right thing putting small stones under my deck?

I bought a foreclosure house last year (built in 1987), there is a tall deck at the back, and backyard is slightly sloped away from the house. The deck was rebuilt from scratch before put on market ...
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Should I be concerned that water is pooling when ground is dug near the foundation?

My house is approximately 7~8 years old, and we bought it newly built. The foundation is mainly clay, and I live in a relatively dry environment (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). It is a walkout house, so ...
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Setting posts for a sturdy garden fence

So spring has arrived, and we have decided to build a 20' x 40' enclosed area in which to place a garden (we have many deer, rabbits and other garden veggie thieves in the area). The plan is to build ...
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Are these foundation issues significant?

My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first home. It is 8 years old. We have found one that we like, but I am a little hesitant about going through for two reasons. The foundation ...
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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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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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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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How far does a ground rod need to be from the foundation?

I need to ground an antenna strapped to my chimney, which requires hammering in a new ground rod. However, the entire side of my house is paved, meaning I can't dig it up to find the foundation ...
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How do I insulate a strip foundation from below?

While building a strip foundation (a concrete wall starting several feet below ground) I have to insulate it from moisture because otherwise moisture will get into the foundation and into the ...
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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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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 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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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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How can I patch a concrete porch that separated from the house?

I have a concrete slab as a front porch on a property I recently acquired. This was put in when the house was built. At some point since it was put in, front sunk/settled and the slab separated ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I strengthen the floor above a crawl space in pier and beam construction?

what are the steps to strengthen pier and beam (sometimes called post and beam) foundation? i will be installing a 3-5 ton Rocket heated cob bench mass heater in a rambler home in the living room ...
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Converting garage into living room?

We want to convert the garage into the living room. Our house has a crawl space under it. But the garage is a slab with cinder blocks around it. Water comes in through the garage door when it rains ...
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Proper backfill for a trench dug below foundation level (within the 45 degree cone of support)

Given a trench dug below foundation level, what's the proper way to backfill? Here I'm talking about a trench below the bottom edge of an unreinforced concrete foundation built in 1950, supporting a ...
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Am I using the correct concrete blocks for the base of my shed and how many do I need?

I'm building a Suncast Sutton storage shed, see here: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Suncast-Sutton-7-ft-3-in-x-7-ft-4-5-in-Resin-Storage-Shed-BMS7791/203702042. I followed the instructions ...
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How strong are bolts compared to welding and what qualities to look for in foundations?

I'm planning on building a home climbing wall, made from a mild steel subframe. It will probably be around 10 feet tall approx. I was thinking along the lines of using mild steel angle, cutting to ...
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What's the easiest way to cut a chunk out of a buried railroad tie?

I'm in the process of digging holes for concrete piers (for a small deck - nothing fancy) and on my last hole I came across what appears to be an underground railroad tie (or some other huge piece of ...
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What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?

I know that if when it comes time to repoint, I should get the current mortar analyzed to make sure its curing strength is compatible with the old bricks. I know that brick foundations in the time ...
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Repairing/patching concrete foundation of house

What's the best (or maybe easiest and most affordable would be more accurate) route to patch the concrete of our house foundation? It's kind of crumbling in places and needs a facelift. Ideas/options? ...
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How would you repair this exterior foundation insulation/wrap?

A home I purchased, which was built in 2005 located in the upper Minnesota/US (frigid winters, balmy summers) has the larger faces of the above-grade poured foundation covered in a strange insulation ...
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Attaching windows wells to foundation

In fighting some recent leaking issues, I've discovered that my window well are not attached to the foundation. It's a steel window well. It's fairly snug against the house, but I can wiggle it fairly ...
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Foundation repair: time frame

Sorry – this is long. I own an older home (1920s construction) that I do know has foundation problems. I am not asking for a diagnosis of those problems per se. For data purposes, the problems are: ...
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Renovating interior stone basement walls

We have a 100 year old house, and I would like to finish the basement but leave the stone walls exposed. I believe the stone can look great, but the mortar needs some work, and I am mostly focused on ...
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What is the best way to fill a hole in a concrete basement floor?

My basement floor has a hole cut where the water line enters the house. This hole is around 2ft square, and digging down a little I hit dirt and small roots. I'd like to seal this hole as I believe it ...
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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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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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The sill plate touching my foundation isn't laying flat, it's about 10 degrees tilted. How do I install a header below it?

I installed a window in my basement 2 years ago and in the time since I've realized that I fastened the header incorrectly. Oops. I have to take it apart anyways to re-do the trim and match the other ...
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How close is too close, when digging below foundation level?

I'm digging a drainage trench near my foundation, and have hit the bottom edge of that foundation. In this case it's a T style foundation at the edge of a slab, but elsewhere there's no slab. From ...
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Do I need to install a sump pump?

The crawlspace under our house has a tendency to get a bit muddy when the rains are heavy and then dry up a few days later. When the rains are especially hard water will collect in a pit in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...