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There is no code or regulation that I know of that putting a piece of carpet between framing and the base (concrete). However this is really poor workmanship and I could see your local inspector reacting with a raised eyebrow or he could just say he doesn't want it for whatever reason - it is his call. Also doing something suspect like this would lead me ...


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You'll have to contact your local building department to be sure, but it's very likely that they'll require a second means of egress. They might also have localized information, on ways others in your area have dealt with the problem. It's not likely that you're the only person in your area that's wanted to add living space to their basement. ...


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Simple test: Take some clear plastic. One layer from a large sandwich bag would be ideal. Tape it securely to the wall at a spot where you're observing the problem. Make sure you seal all the way around the edge of the piece of plastic. Do this a few different places. Wait a few days. Then check the test strips. If the moisture is on the room side of ...


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As long as the water heater is completely full of water, indefinitely. The fact that there isn't fresh water flowing through it regularly isn't particularly important (and will likely even extend it's lifespan). If too much air enters the tank however, when the heater fires the lifespan will drop down into minutes or even seconds.


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You absolutely need to water proof the surround. You can likely use any product (durock, hardie, wonder) that is rated for wet use (not "green" board). You will still need to fully apply a waterproofing to wet side of the backer. I strongly recommend using a physical membrane like kerdi, but plenty of people swear by paint-on treatments like redgard. Your ...


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Updated Answer After watching your video, and looking at the photos, there seems to be quite a few assumptions being made, i.e. if the vent is actually a vent, what happens to the vent after it passes through the ceiling, how the toilet and bathtub are piped under the floor, and how they are actually vented. In addition, there is also a few issues what ...


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National Electrical Code says that for general lighting and receptacle circuits, you can use 3 volt-amperes per square foot to calculate the load. However, the square footage is calculated from the outside dimensions of the floor area. So when calculating the area, don't forget to include the wall thickness. National Electrical Code 2014 Chapter 2 ...


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You are really brave to finish a basement with a known moisture issue. I for one wouldn't spend a penny on finishing my basement until I have seen it go through a wet season without failing. Not telling you to stop but would warn to slow down. Get your framing/electric/plumbing/whatever done and let it go through at least 4-5 months before finishing ...



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