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Vapor and moisture barrier for “above ground” basement

I'm finishing the basement of my home in New Jersey, and I'm a bit confused about the general guidance for basement moisture and vapor barriers. My "basement" is built from concrete block. However, ...
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Which of these is a suitable material for waterproofing interior walls?

Would anyone care to venture an opinion about which of the materials (if any) listed in http://www.chemisol.com/argp.htm would be most suitable for applying a waterproofing coat to interior walls? ...
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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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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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What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?

Our house was built in 1941, so all original walls are plaster (I'm assuming lath and plaster?). This is true for the bathroom in question. The walls in this bathroom are plaster, and are painted with ...
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Are molds dangerous to health if they are not in my own apartment?

I need a help to decide if I will move out from this building because of mold and health risks. Is it dangerous to live in a buliding in which the hallway is full of mold? I've been reading about ...
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Where do I need to drain the footing drain when I waterproof a basement from outside

I am planning to waterproof a basement. (please see the attached picture). I would like to know if the component labeled collector on my attached picture is needed. Since my lot is virtually flat I am ...
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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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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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I need some type of ceiling in the downstairs bathroom that will allow me access to the pipes.

What would be the best way to go about this? It must be able to withstand moisture. I have seen vinyl ceiling tiles for a drop ceiling but there is not really a lot of head room (90"). The over all ...
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Is it okay to mix paint thinner with an elastomeric coating for waterproofing?

Is it Ok to mix paint thinner with an elastomeric coating (HB-70) which is being applied for waterproofing? I have people who have been waterproofing a dome (the right hand dome in the picture below) ...
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Installing a Bathtub that does not have a flange

We are in the process of doing a bathroom remodel and we noticed that the bathtub we ordered does not have a flange. The bathtub will be installed in an alcove setup (surrounded by 3 walls) and will ...
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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 do we frost-proof an outdoor faucet in a home with no crawl space or basement?

How do we frost-proof an outdoor faucet in our brick home that's on a slab?
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What is the best way to seal this old fireplace vent?

I am doing some minor renovations to my basement with the drop ceiling and found that one of the geniuses that owned the house before me, used fibreglass ceiling tiles to seal off an old vent for a ...
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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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Is it better to waterproof a basement from the outside or the inside?

Is it better to waterproof a basement from the outside or the inside? I've heard different things about this. We have a home built in the 40's on a cinder-block foundation. One side of the house is ...
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How do I tie a new roof in to an existing roof with a pitch transition?

I added a room to the side of my house, and the new roof goes onto the existing roof. I am almost done roofing it. The image below depicts the current status. I put roofing felt down under the two ...
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How water proof is concrete?

I'm looking to buy living quarters in this basement level apartment. The only doubts I have are because some ~5 years ago, there was a giant flood in the city and had this building been couple blocks ...
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Waterproofing dome

As mentioned in an earlier question, I'm doing up a room in my house. This question is about waterproofing the dome you see in the picture there. The question is what product to use to waterproof it. ...
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Temporarily have no gutters, what do I need to worry about?

My gutter contractor has been interrupted by the rain. I will be without gutters for a few days and there is a total of 1.5" of rain predicted over those few days. I am monitoring my basement for ...
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Tile cracks on a convex edge

I am a DIY newbie, and I need help with some damage that starts to appear in tiles along a convex edge. The corner of my bathroom looks like this (walls, floors and that "cube" are all tiled): The ...
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What is the method to seal a concrete roof?

We are staying in a home which has a concrete roof. Now we are facing leakage in the roof during rainy seasons. What do we have to do? How do we protect the roof from leaks?
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Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway?

Do I need to use a waterproof sealant in my entryway, over the backerboard and under the porcelain tile or is the thinset adequate? Sub floor is above grade, 3/4" plywood. thanks!
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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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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 use ceramic glaze to waterproof an earthen tank?

A rammed-earth architect and myself have had the idea of building rammed-earth water tanks that would be coated with ceramic glaze on the inside, as an alternative to a cement / concrete tanks, for ...
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How can I inspect and repair a roof with moss and other greenery on it?

I have a pantry on my house, its attached to the kitchen but has its own slated roof and an outside wall. I have has issues with it getting damp, I have replaced the outside door as that was leaky, ...
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How can I protect the wall of a simple wooden cottage from rain?

I have newly moved to a property with a small cottage. It is located in a hot desert climate, close to the sea, with occasional rain during the winter. The cottage is made from relatively thin ...
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Can a “tired” tarboard roof be updated without replacing it altogether?

I have a cheaply built wooden cottage in an arid climate with occasional rain during the winter. The roof consists of planks with tarboard nailed on top. The planks appear to be in poor condition ...
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What backer board should I use in shower ceiling?

I'm tiling my shower up to about 7' and the rest of the shower and ceiling will simply be painted. What material should I use on those? I am using RedGard as my waterproofing method so there will not ...
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How can I reduce the amount of dirt in my attic without affecting its ventilation?

Our house is a 1930's suburban build on the outskirts of London, UK. It has its original roof complete with massive gaps between the roof tiles and no felt. While this does provide great roof ...
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Is there any additional sealing operation required after grouting for the bath shower

For re-grouting the bath shower, is there any additional sealing operation (like using sealant) after applying un-sanded grout on it?
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CertainTeed DiamondBack- Waterproofing needed for tile?

I picked up some DiamondBack CBU to tile a shower enclosure, as it seems like it would be a lot easier to work with than Hardibacker (I can't cut the stuff without making a huge dusty mess, so if you ...
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How can I fuse galvanized sheet metal with a circular bottom together so that it is water tight?

I want to make a large circular pot out of sheet metal that can hold water. How should I construct it so that it has a circular bottom and ensure it is leak-proof. Boiling water will be poured into ...
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Re-seal trailer roof

I have a small metal trailer. It is 5 years old and has developed a leak. I'd appreciate advice about how to re-seal it. The trailer has a PVC coated galvanised steel body, about 6ft long and 4ft ...
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How to fill in a small hole in the tub?

There is a small hole in my tub, measuring about half a centimeter at its longest dimension. It is not deep - only the white glossy finish of the tub is chipped off. What material do I use to fill in ...
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How do I caulk shower edges with the same color as my grout?

I've used a tan colored grout between my shower tiles. I've noticed that the edges of the shower have already cracked after 1 week. To prevent cracking, many people on the Internet suggest caulking ...
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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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How can I seal around this pipe on my roof?

I have a PVC furnace exhaust pipe coming out through my roof. Unfortunately, the guy who installed it used the wrong size flange. So instead of the rubber rising upwards against the pipe, it is sunken ...
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How do I secure a copper pipe going through a wall?

What kind of clamp would be appropriate for securing a 1/2" copper pipe that's run through a wall to the outside to a hose bib? I'll accept a general answer. In my particular case it's a stucco wall ...
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Is it OK for OSB3 boards to get wet during construction?

In the UK it rains, as you know. a lot. Is it OK for OSB3 boarding to get wet now and then during the construction of a building? or will it be completely destroyed like chip board or MDF (which ...
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Can I make the seams between the tiles in my shower water resistant?

It seems that water is seeping through the seams between the tiles in the shower. We suspect that the construction worker who installed the showers and the tiles did a lousy job in selecting/mixing ...
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Tiling over latex paint that has water proofing membrane

So I am wanting to turn my tub only area into a tub and shower and because of this I am wanting to tile the entire surrounding area with tile. The big question I have is if the wall has latex paint, ...
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How to stop concrete slab floor from absorbing water

This weekend my wife decided to clean up my office. When she pulled the old filing cabinet away from the way, she noticed the baseboards and carpet carpet were showing signs of water damage. It's a ...
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Are products like redguard fit for use as a waterproofing membrane for shower pans or floor applications?

Given that you pour your own pan - lets not worry about the exact material but obviously it would be porous. Can you use a "waterproofing paint" to create your pan without any other waterproofing ...
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How to fix drainage from gutters?

I have two drains on the side of my house that have been filled in and no longer properly drain. I know they dont go anywhere because I just finished trying to unclog them with a rented drainage snake ...
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What are these vents in the foundation mortar for?

Throughout the interior side of my 1925 brick foundation are little metal vents embedded in the mortar at irregular intervals. Neither our home inspector nor our real estate agent knew exactly what ...
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I need a new shingle roof, does the 12/2 minimum pitch still apply if I use peel-n-stick?

Does the 12/2 minimum pitch rule for shingles still apply if peel-n-stick is first applied to the roof deck? Why would I have to put down a membrane on 12/1 pitch above the porch, instead of shingles, ...
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Are alternative roofing types, such as rubber roll, usable for a typical residential sloped roof?

I'm wondering specifically, if rubber-roll roofing, such as this can be used on a sloped roof. Or maybe if there is something akin to the stretch-and-seal tape but in large sheets that would be ...