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Questions tagged [basement]

For questions generally relating to habitable spaces in a home below ground level, and to foundation types that include a space of this type.

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Concerned About Possible Lead Paint in Basement of Old Home

We live in a house that is approx 100 years old. I believe we have lead paint in our house on the basement walls (we have not tested is but it is my assumption). There are areas where the paint is ...
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Basement Floor Finishing

We are now in the 2nd year of our new home (new construction) and are looking to finish the basement. We plan on laying wood laminate floors down but want to make sure we do it right. When the floor ...
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Minimum Concrete Thickness Over PVC After Rough-In

I just has some plumbing roughed in for my basement. The plumber did an okay job but for some reason routed the drain pipe for the sink under the area where my shower will go. This would't normally be ...
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How much to fix a 6-7 ft long hairline leaking crack with epoxy? [closed]

This company charges me $2500 for 2 cracks. Does it sound reasonable?
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Which is better - epoxy or polyurethane to fix the hairline cracks on the basement wall that is leaking?

Which is better - epoxy or polyurethane to fix the hairline cracks on the basement wall that is leaking? Thank you for your help in advance.
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Avoiding mold after machine backup

My washing machine just backed up (drain pipe is clogged). Fortunately I was home and just bought a shopvac last weekend, but a lot of water got out. Also fortunately this is an unfinished basement, ...
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Is this a basement rough-in?

I'm prepping for finishing my basement this winter, is this a rough-in? I ask because I'm accustomed to seeing a 3" waste pipe in foor for the toilet. Would the waste pipe be connected to that pipe ...
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Basement Support Beam Question [on hold]

We moved our house onto a new foundation with a full basement. We currently have 2x6 posts holding up our support beam in the basement. The beam is centered between where the west floor joists and ...
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Slight sag in floors

There is a slight sag in first floor of home. All hardwood and it is along middle of house between walkway from living room to kitchen. It is right above our crawl space and it seems the issue was ...
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Insulating basement - foam walls or pour floor first?

Basement is unfinished, 100 year old house. Basement floor is dirt and various crumbling sections of old concrete. Walls are rubble and cement and above grade brick. I'm planning on leveling the ...
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Should I be concerned about rust on a post in my basement?

How long do support posts last? Any reason to be concerned with rust on them? Seem to be working fine.
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Floor Joist Cracked

Crack along floor Joist in crawl space. Another similar on the same joist further down. Major issue or simple fix? Suggestions?
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Crawl space water

We have had 3 straight days of rain and I noticed a small amount of water seeping under scrawl space wall. My space has a vapor barrier and is in decent shape. I did notice the finder blocks on frame ...
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Safer Diatomaceous Earth, safe to sleep in home with it?

I Just Bought the safer brand of diatomaceous earth, which is not the food grade version i believe. Im trying to use it to get rid of centipedes in the house i just moved into. This seems to be the ...
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How should I insulate and block moisture inside rim joists where foamboard doens't fit?

My question is around the use of foamboards in finished basements to serve as a vapor retarder and to reduce condensation. I've already fastened foam boards against all the concrete walls, taping the ...
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Least invasive way to find foundation footings under basement slab?

For a 100-year-old brick house (two-flat) in Chicago, I'd like to find my foundation footings so that I can plan in-floor heating. What's the least invasive way to do so? I'm imagining drilling ...
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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I have R-13 exterior insulation around my foundation. Do I need more inside to finish the basement? [closed]

My home was constructed in 2016 with exterior insulation around the foundation (see image). They also put in this hanging batt fiberglass insulation on the inside of the walls, which seems superfluous....
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How can I support drywall with a steel post on an outside corner?

I have a steel support post right on the corner of a wall, which protrudes on one wall about 1/4". I am getting ready to look at drywall and wondering is there any other option than to build around ...
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Metal basement window frame casement rotted out

We bought a house that was completely remodeled but the metal framing for the basement window was left even though they installed a new window. The rust is beyond repair. Does anyone have experience ...
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how to level out basement cement crack

I plan on laying some vinyl planks onto cement but there are some cracks from leveling in the cement and with the new flooring you can "feel" where the cement barely sticks up at the crack. Wasn't a ...
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Running AC/MC cable in boiler room, do I need additional metal conduit?

I'm planning to run AC cable (or MC, not sure which is better) in my basement to install an outlet near the boiler room. the cable that powers the boiler has sections that are inside of a rigid metal ...
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Can I add insulation over the original layer in my new home's basement?

I am looking to finish the basement in my new house that has insulation wrap installed in the basement. The insulation wrap is an R12. After studding the basement can I add additional installation ...
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Basement Bathroom Rough-In

Say you hire a plumber to do an entire basement bathroom rough-in. If they break up the basement slab to put in an ejection pump and pipes, is it considered normal for them to patch the slab up when ...
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Ceiling sheetrock for basement apartment

My house consists of two units, the main and basement apartment to which the main is not connected indoors. I was planning to put fiberglass insulation between the joists and use ultra light 1/2" ...
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Flooding In New Construction Building

This weekend, water was observed flowing up, through the floor and through other joints, into the building - making a swimming pool we didn't ask for! Some Background We currently have a project ...
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Basement Rough In Decipher

Can someone help me decipher the rough in currently in our basement and identify what is what? What else needs to be done to complete the rough in before finishing the bathroom and starting to frame?
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Water dripping from basement ceiling during heavy rain

I would appreciate direction on investigating this water issue further: I have had water dripping (from ceiling) during heavy rain , along inside wall of basement only on one side of the house. ...
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Insulation for crawl space with framed wall and foundation

I am encapsulating my crawl space, but not sure what to do with walls above the foundation. At least part of this area could have been a basement I guess, but I am needing to deal with this area due ...
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Basement sink drain pump questions

Should there be a p-trap before the pump? Should the short vent pipe sticking out of the pump have a one-way closet vent on the end of it? The standing water in the pump gets pretty foul since this ...
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What is this PVC pipe in my basement

I recently purchased a newly built house. It has an unfinished basement. There is a white pvc pipe that comes from the floor. It is about 4 feet tall. Out of it comes a sewer smell. Some days worse ...
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Diagonal brace left in the basement by builder. Can I remove it? Replace it?

I have a diagonal brace running across an interior wall in the basement, and it even goes partially into the floor concrete. Is this meant to be permanent, or was it supposed to be removed during ...
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The paint on my basement floor sticks to my shoes

I bought my house 3 years ago and the paint on the floor in the basement comes off on your feet or shoes. You literally stick to it so bad that I have had my flip flops come off my feet. When the ...
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Replace drop ceiling with drywall and soundproofing

This is my basement ceiling this morning: After a couple of hours, I removed all drop ceiling for entire basement with 1 living room and 2 bedrooms: I would like to install drywall with access ...
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Bottom plate over interior drain tile

I am building a basement stud wall out of 2x4s. I’m concerned that when I go to nail in the bottom plate to the concrete, I’ll hit the interior drain tile made of PVC pipe installed around the ...
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How to fix a leaky basement wall from inside? [closed]

I prefer clean, simple and effective ways to fix a leaky basement wall (small leak - about 16 oz from a heavy rain intermittently). Will any new tech or sealants work?
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Installing insulation board in basement to control moisture

I just had a basement waterproofing job done and it is doing an awesome job relieving pressure and keeping the basement flood-free (we just had a very large amount of rain here in central PA and it ...
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Basement has crack over a drain run no water leaking

I'm trying to figure out how concerned to be. Most of the basement has slate tile, but I tore out a kitchen, and discovered this crack running from the nearest wall, to the sink drain, and on across ...
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Which anchors to use for a wall in a basement [duplicate]

I need to extend one of the walls by approx 30 inches. I will be using pressure treaded 2x4 in bottom of the wall and wall will be about 83 inches high. Which anchors should I use to secure the ...
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Getting rid of mold in areas you cannot reach

I used a home mold test kit (leftover from my previous question) to see if I had mold in my basement (where I sleep). Turns out a little bit of mold is growing in the petri dish. The mold looks to be ...
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Which comes 1st, the mold remediation or the re-application of drylock on old stone walls?

Basement: old stone walls, drylock painted 15 yrs ago. Now some stained, moisture damage, air mold test indicates pro.mold remediation needed. Moisture issue has been fixed, now the walls need to ...
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install smoke/fire detector in basement

I would like to install smoke detector in the basement, which has the following layout: +----------------------------------------+ | | Small ...
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SquidGee Dry System to prevent water seepage in basement?

One of the rooms in my basement has water seepage shown in the following: Some work has been done to patch the honey combs. Due to limited budget, I can only do interior waterproofing. I plan on ...
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Which pipes are what in this basement rough-in?

I have an unfinished basement that has rough-ins for plumbing. I would like to finish it some day, and I'm trying to envision what a bathroom would look like. What purpose are the pipes for? Toilet?...
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How do I finish the area around my furnace so it looks nice and isolates noise, but is still accessible?

I want to put a TV right in front of my furnace and water heater. I'd like it to look reasonably finished and keep noise from the systems as low as reasonably possible. I would love to just drywall ...
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Jackhammer away third basement floor?

I am putting French drains in my basement and I did one side already. When getting the one side done, the contractors found that there was a second floor poured on top of the old (he said people do ...
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Spray foam insulation in basement without vapor barrier [Michigan]

I am finishing a part of my small basement and recently had my framing inspection (passed) and was told it needed to be insulated to a minimum of R10 and be inspected. That's fine, but after some back ...
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Removing 2x4 strapping and still meeting Ontario building code

I am finishing a basement ceiling in a new house. Currently there is a 2x4 used as strapping in the center of the area for the above floor joists. I want to remove it but dont want to create issues. I ...
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How best to remove basement particle board subflooring under framing

Recently bought an old house where the basement has been partially finished. About half of the basement is drywalled and the rest is just open framing. That said, the subfloor in the basement is made ...
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Water leaking from concrete slab porch into rooms below. How do I stop the leaks?

My front porch is concrete and is above a portion of my garage, laundry room, and a basement bathroom. The house is in Zone 6b: -5 to 0 F. The rooms are not finished and I am not sure of the ...