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It sounds as though you are ready to remove the door to get past the problem, if so replace it with an outswing door. I am not really crazy about out swing doors, since they weather badly, if a nicely designed small roof is over it, it would hang in there better. You would not need to lower the base either.


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The room in question is fairly large and has several heat loss factors. Not withstanding the fact that the room sits on the cold basement floor, has large windows etc., the main problem is that the temp in the room is not thermostatically controlled properly. The only thermostat and heat zone is on the main floor and controls heat based on temps in the main ...


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What I would do, and I’m not kidding, I would find a large, nearby housing development, where they are currently building homes and pretend I’m interested in buying and have look at some samples. Hopefully the electrical services are in the basements and they’re unfinished. Study how the wires are installed for everything down there sump pump receptacles, ...


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I'm draining my pool cover right now with the shop vac. Run it until the water hits the top. When you pull the lid motor you've already created the suction you need. It is slow but steady. No need to drill a hole in the side. It just pours out the top.


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Adding a 1" gap behind the XPS creates a dead air space that adds to the R value of the overall insulation. This is a standard recommendation with sheet foam insulation. It does assume that you have a good seal at all joints. If you have a moisture seepage problem, this doesn't add to it. if the walls are damp, they are damp. You should be considering ...


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I wouldn't rule out the use of Sch40 PVC here. In fact I would consider a length of sch40 PVC glued to the hub of a PVC box all well fastened to the wall a far superior choice, and it's virtually allowed per 334.15(B) "...or other approved means..." EMT and metal boxes mounted to damp below grade masonary walls have way too many issues for me: possible ...


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Yes. You will need to remove the existing tack strip and put a new one at the new location of the edge of the carpet, and then stretch it down normally.


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If it would ease your mind, hire an engineer to look into it. Of course, having built a house on top of it, it's a bit late to do over. However - if this is a typical New England house, the floor (that looks horrible, yes) is not holding up your house. The footings and foundation walls, which are normally poured before the basement floor, are the support ...



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