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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Improvising a temporary skylight?

I have a skylight that is essentially a flashed plywood curb with a late 50's era glass paver that "cups" over top. No tar or caulk, just gravity holding it there. Now, because I'm an idiot, I decided ...
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water leak from ceiling

I'm Ahammed Sheriff from Oman. Here we have a building with 6 floors. On the basement floor of the building there is leakage on the ceiling. Is there any way to stop the leakage from the ceiling? ...
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Waterproof stains for outdoor kids toys

I'm working on a large sandbox for my kid and the neighbours' kids to enjoy (it's a big Millennium Falcon). I've managed to design it so it's just wood, large 12" structural screws, and some large ...
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Stained Plaster - Waterproof primer before or after patching

I have a water stained plaster ceiling. The leak has been fixed. A lot of the old paint has peeled off and needs to be patched. I've noticed a few other patch jobs in this old house that are bubbling ...
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How do I install electrical through existing stucco (e.g. “old work”)

Is there such a thing as an "old work" stucco junction box? Rather than cutting and flashing a 4" hole for a new junction box, can I cut a 1/2 hole for the non-metallic cable, and attach some sort of ...
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Shower floor cracking

Our house has a raised corner shower stall in the downstairs bathroom. Just by doing a quick search and going off of looks, I'm pretty sure it's this model: ...
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How to stop water seepage in an elevator pit?

I have a home with an elevator pit that sits below grade in an area with a high water table. Whenever I get a heavy rain or high tide the elevator pit fills with about 30 gallons of water. I did ...
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How can I stop my windows from leaking when mild winter weather occurs?

We have an 11 year old bungalow and this problem only occurs on the middle section of a bay window. We think that frost happens inside the insulation somewhere and when the temperature outside is mild ...
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Cover all walls of the bathroom with bathroom tiles?

I want to completely cover the bathroom walls with tiles, but a friend of mine told me that it's a bad idea because the walls "can't breath". He said to at least keep a portion of 20-30 centimeters on ...
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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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Does a device exist that can help find the source of a leak in a flat roof?

My Dad has a flat roof over his garage. It's covered with tar and felt. We had an unusually hard and cold winter last year (Republic of Ireland) and since then the roof has developed a leak. We've ...
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Basement door threshold minimum elevation

I have a basement that is only about an inch or less above the rear patio leading to it. The patio is below grade and its only water escape is a storm sewage drain in the center. How can I reasonably ...
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Flex Seal Opinion?

I'm just wondering what is the opinion on Flex Seal for general waterproofing. What can and can't it do, is it worth it, is it a miracle fix-all as it shows? Basically, is it worth using? Thanks.
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Extend Clean Out Pipe and Fill Hole with Cement

I have a cleanup pipe in my basement that has access through a hole in the floor. The top of the clean pipe is about 6" below floor level. It seems that the bottom of the hole is just dirt. The ...
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Can I create a water proof barrier to keep my garage & home from flooding?

Every couple of years, the area where I live gets a huge storm. The result being that the flood of water that collects in the streets overpowers my driveway and runs down to my garage. I put in a ...
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How to install rain screen over split face block to stop leaks?

I own a condo in Chicago and am facing water issues due to the single wythe use of split face block(SFB). My window sills were always wet so I pulled off the drywall and saw that the insulation and ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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Cause of damp in exterior building

I've recently purchased an old house (circa 1725), which has a brick constructed outbuilding of about 3x5 meters. The previous owners claim they were using it as an office. There was no evidence of ...
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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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Water infiltration between basement “bulkhead door” enclosure and concrete foundation?

I've got a fairly common below-grade basement door setup; a doorway thru the poured basement wall into a space enclosed with cemented cinder blocks and a roughly poured floor, containing wooden stairs ...
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How can/should I repair this roof damage caused by a fallen tree limb?

A recent rainstorm caused a heavy cypress tree branch to fall on my outdoor office/shed. Thankfully, the interior and underlying structure appears to have not sustained any damage however the asphalt ...
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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 I keep water from getting under the garage door?

Our garage door, pictured below, is right on a sidewalk that slopes downward slightly as it moves past the garage. The result is that one side of the garage door is 4 inches below grade while the ...