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This is clearly unacceptable and should be reinstalled.....not repaired as there is not really proper way to repair it and be as good as it was when originally installed......a piece of the material should be overlaid on the torn areas with a least one foot overlap and sealed as per manufacturers suggestion.


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First let's talk about your objective. If your primary objective is to keep out the water and critters, then why don't you just use some silicone over it on the inside? That will make it watertight and anything watertight is also "bugtight" (not a word I know lol). However, as the other answerers stated, the better solution will be to entirely excavate the ...


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Reportedly, it costs substantially more to pour a foundation because of additives and other precautions used to keep the concrete from freezing. This page lists extensive guidelines and recommendations from the American Concrete Institute. Never pour concrete on frozen ground, snow, or ice. Concrete in cold weather is recommended to have low slump, ...


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If it's too wet and water starts to accumulate in the foundation, you can end up with weakened concrete. One of the key metrics for a concrete mix is the free water to cement ratio. If the water content is too low, you struggle to get it to compact properly , resulting in air voids, and weak concrete. If the water content is too high, the water can leave ...


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Planning on visiting Oz? You need the J-bolts, and you need the j-bolts hooked on steel - the steel they are hooked to can transfer load down to the lower parts of the cavity/grout fill. You'd probably be better off to pour a 4" bond beam with reinforcing rods (I suppose you could form it with 8x4x16 bond-beam blocks) rather than using solid blocks, and ...


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The anchor bolts need to go well into the block, preferably at least 8" in. You should place the anchor bolts in the head joints of the 4" solid run. No need to drill holes in the solid block. Worst case cut the solid block where you need to and set the bolt in the joint created in cut block. They should coincide in a hollow place in the rows of block below ...


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Heavy rains in future will pose a damp wall problem with fungus over the years. Get it fixed promptly. Subfloor adhesive will bond and seal well with overlap and is cheap in large tubes. You can always demand compensation before you do it, but don't expect much.


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I think that probably depends upon where you live, and what type of stone that fieldstone is. If it's dense nonporous fieldstone, you could remove most of the loose stuff near the surface and have a contractor shoot the foundation with gunite. If it's porous fieldstone, though, that'd be the worst thing in the world for you - gunite is essentially nonporous ...


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Those "big wooden casts" are called "forms", by the way. Very often brick is chosen over concrete for its aesthetic value. It's also relatively easy to double-wall brick for insulation purposes, but it's extremely difficult to pour two good-quality 4"-thick concrete walls immediately adjacent to each other.



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