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Alternatives to conventional weep screed, for stucco to the ground homes?

I live in one of millions of older homes that have stucco applied right to the ground, like so: There's really no way to retrofit a conventional weep screed here. Lowering grade is not feasible ...
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What should I do about my rendering & damp-proof course?

I have a house that was built around 1890 and is of brick construction with a rendered band running around the base which also forms square edged columns around the front door. Until recently the ...
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Leaking corrugated metal roof

I have a place that has a corrugated metal roof under a wood deck. It's a pretty large area, maybe 40' x 40'. When it rains, water leaks through some of the nails. The deck boards are not nailed ...
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Correct order of operations for caulking + sealing bathroom tile?

Around my bathtub I have tile, and the old latex caulk where the tub and tile meet is cracked so I've removed all the caulk and am ready to put new silicone caulk down. However, I would also like to ...
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Should I use solid concrete or cement block for an egress window well?

I am having some contractors build a window well for an egress window at my house. I have the option of doing solid concrete walls for the window well, or cement blocks (which he said he will fill ...
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How can I prevent a wooden door from expanding and binding when it rains?

When we have heavy driving rains it causes the front door to expand and we're unable to close or lock the door until it has dried out and contracted. There is no veranda so the rain hits straight ...
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How to waterproof outdoor storage bench?

I want to build a bench like this that can open on top to storage stuffs inside Source: http://myoutdoorplans.com/bench/storage-bench-plans/ I will use composite decking boards (extra got left ...
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how to extend washing machine drainage hose such that it doesn't leak

I have a portable washing machine that I want to keep in one of our bedrooms and thus need to extend the stock drainage hose. My current solution is: buy the necessary length of clear plastic tubing ...
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How do I seal around an outdoor rated wall mounted luminary?

What's the proper way to seal a exterior wall mounted luminary from water entry? I was unable to find one for purchase with any sort of gasket, and it appears that any water sheeting down the wall ...
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Is it more work to replace or remove a skylight?

We have a 20 year old leaking skylight, and right now I am contemplating either removing or replacing it. Not exactly sure why it is leaking, perhaps the flashing is bad, but it's leaked for a while. ...
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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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Can I put drylok over older drylok

I've got an old 1953 basement that I want to finish. The walls are in pretty good shape. Looks like the previous owner used drylok. Some areas show some signs of staining, and efflorescence. Can ...
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What's the best way to waterproof a concrete structure for a tropical climate?

I am constructing a building from reinforced concrete and AAC blocks in Indonesia. The building will have a flat (2% sloping) roof of reinforced concrete. This will be exposed to tropical rain, as ...
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Low Sloped Asphalt Shingle Roof Remediation

The operative word here is remediation. This isn't a new install, so I'm looking at how to strategically work with what I've got. The previous owner put a new shingle roof on my garage about 4 years ...
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Damp patches in basement floor

I pulled up some old foam-backed carpeting in my basement laundry room to replace. The concrete slab is old, and had crumbling concrete patch work, so I set to scraping that all up, seems the more I ...
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How do I divert rain water that collects between two shed structures?

I have a pvc hoop shed that sits against the rear of my main resin storage shed. The rainwater flows down the taut tarp of the hoop shed & gets into the main shed floor. What's the best method to ...
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Solving active sump issues

We bought our 20 year old house in Fishers, IN (northeast Indy suburb) this past summer. Three days after moving in, we had the last of the bad summer storms. One of the pumps in our Triple Safe sump ...
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How to waterproof inside cedar shed?

I want to build this shed like the picture below (I got from someone else) using my leftover cedar fence pickets: However I don't know if it will leak water from the side. There isn't much ...
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Water-resistant, easily removable “putty or glue” recommendation?

I need to erect a barrier in an aqueous environment. Basically I need to erect vertical "guards" at the side of my kitchen sink, since the water faucet is high up, water splashes onto the counters, ...
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What are the options for installing an outdoor outlet in new stucco (not retrofit)

Previous questions pertain to adding an outdoor electrical box to old stucco (How do I install electrical through existing stucco (e.g. "old work") ). What are the ways it's done on a wall ...
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Should I use waterproofing product or caulk at the base of my foundation walls?

So I am about to Drylok my basement to treat old cinder blocks with a hint of moisture. I have the old asbestos tiles on the floor. I know the dangers of removing these. Basically all of the tiles ...
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Fasteners on a stucco outside wall, does it require weatherproofing around the holes that the fasteners create?

We are fastening a channel strut on the side of the house as part of an electrical service panel upgrade. We need to raise the weather head a certain distance (I think 3 feet) above the roof to bring ...
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Installing half log siding

My home is 20 years old and when it was built house wrap was installed before installing cedar siding. Now I want to install half log siding over the cedar siding. Do I need to place felt or another ...
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Cabling for outdoor wireless access point

I'm investigating different options for mounting a wireless access point outdoors to cover my back yard better. One of the options I'm considering is running a cable through the wall and along the ...
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building on underground springs

building a home on the coast of Maine. thee are underground springs where It would be built. The excavator believes with th right drainage and materials it would be ok. 1. would it? 2. was going to ...
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Buying a House On Underground Spring. What to do?

My fiancé and I are under contract on a new home which we are concerned it might be built on an underground spring. There are two sump pumps in the house, on opposite corners of the house. Both times ...
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Water on basement floor and attempting to fix with mortar?

I have waterproofed my basement completely for three sides (digging and using membrane and installing weeping tile), but for the remaining side which is a sidewalk, it would be too expensive to bust ...
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Patching Fieldstone Foundaton?

This is partly an extension of a prior question I had: Field-stone Foundation on Top of Bedrock, Keep the Water Out? With grading and some tarps (which I plan on covering with gravel) I think I have ...
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How can I stop this water from entering my basement?

I have water issues in my basement - as you can see, it comes in via some cracks between my basement floor and the concrete pads that the washer/dryer sit on. I am working on fixing the problem ...
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How can I protect a house foundation from weather conditions?

I started building a house and had to divert my money into another situation which was urgent. It might take some time to retrieve the money so the building is on hold. Only the house foundation is ...
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How to stop a leak of water through a concrete floor

I live in an apartment building. Each house has a bathroom with a concrete floor covered in tiles. In the corner of the floor is a drain with its pipe going all the way through. However, I have ...
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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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Should Caulk be used around vinyl windows

I purchased a new home last year and all the windows installed are vinyl. My previous home built in 1999 had wooden windows. My question is are all the exterior windows needing to be caulked? I know ...
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How to fill soil void along basement wall?

The previous homeowners did not keep up with the downspouts and some erosion occurred. All of the drains to the street are great and I have reconnected the downspouts to the drain pipes; some were ...
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Product identification/recommendation - the goo between sliding door and wooden deck

I'm replacing the lumber of my deck, and need to plan the join between the wooden steps and the sliding door frame. The existing seal seems to be working perfectly, so I'd like to replace with the ...
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Can the parties who sign a building permit be liable in any way, shape or form of water damage to a building? [closed]

Suppose you have a condo building. That condo building was built 10 years ago. The statutes of limitations is only good for 6 years (for negligence purposes). There is water damage to the condo's ...
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How do I remove old drylok?

I'm about to start painting my basement walls with drylok. Previous owner waterproofed.....stuff looks to be about 10-15 years old. Has some stain marks in areas which shows there has been some ...
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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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Ceiling wet at corner of chimney

Whenever it rains, the ceiling becomes wet at the corner of the chimney. I ASSUME it's just a small leak, but obviously I don't want it to become any worse. I have a flat roof, so getting up there ...
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Basement shower tiled floor not sealed by builder what now

So I have recently had a tenant move out and have found water damage around the basement shower floor. Looks like black mold so I started ripping it out. Now I am at the point where I have found ...
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How to leak proof roof?

I'm working on converting an external garage into an office. I've removed the original flat roof and replaced with a pitched roof. I designed and built the roof trusses myself. I then put ...
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Should light bulbs above showers be “steam proof”?

In replacing the lighting in my apartment with LED bulbs, I noticed that the recessed can lighting above the shower (to be fair, the light is centered on the shower curtain) does not appear to be ...
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Waterproofing a basement before finishing it

So I currently own a home to which I would like to finish off the basement in the near future. Currently the basement is just concrete with cinder block walls on the outside. I have a normal sump ...
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How much drywall should I remove around a moldy area?

The previous owner told me that during the last winter when snow melted, water got in the basement through the drywall and he had to wipe dry the floor. Last year we had one of the worst winters on ...
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Basement waterproofing with thermal break

I need help figuring out best solution to fix my basement moisture/mold issue... As far as I can tell, water is entering at bottom seam of poured concrete wall and basement floor. I considered ...
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How can I get paint on rocks to last longer?

Occasionally I paint a rock outside and would like it to be unaffected by weather as well as needing to be repainted for a while. I was looking into hydrophobic spray - and was wondering if anyone ...
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Masonry protruding entrance water protection

My rear entrance is wood frame set in masonry (brick + terracotta brick) wall. It has aluminum flashing but it's old (way before I got the house) and the top edge isn't protected anymore (since I tore ...
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Add slope to existing flat porch/balcony

I have a patio attached to my house (like in the image below) As you can see, it is covered and over my garage. Although it is covered, it still gets rain and snow on it and, unfortunately, the top ...
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What's the proper way to flash an inside roofing corner, with self-stick membrane?

What's the proper detail to apply membrane or tar paper to an inside roofing corner, where a sloped roof meets a higher wall at a corner? Of course a metal flashing goes on top of of the membrane, and ...