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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What is this sealant on my basement waterproofing system?

I'm redoing my basement floor and have a plastic channel system protecting against water intrusion around the edge of my basement (I believe it's an "All-Dry Basement Systems" product, but ...
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Should I Install a sub-panel, IN PLACE OF of an unused hot tub disconnect, for a basement project, and will I need to change the main breaker?

I have removed the hot tub disconnect and pulled the 4 wire (6G) back into the basement. This line comes from the main breaker panel on a 2-pole 50A breaker. My plan is to instal a basement sub-...
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Are GFCIs now required in all unfinished portion of a house?

I was really surprised that a city inspection did not pass based on regular outlets in an unfinished room in the basement. They are correctly jacketed and all of that stuff. They are simply ...
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Would insulating a basement wall with XPS and reflective insulation create a moisture problem?

I'm in Massachusetts (ICC 2015 w/ mods) and want to finish my basement walls. I'm thinking about using a combination of 2" XPS, 1x2s horizontal 24" OC, Reflectix (double reflective ...
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Basement partition wall sole plate - do I need sill plate gasket?

I am building a bathroom in my basement. It's not a remodel, it's a fully new room from the concrete floor up to the joists. The partition walls will not be touching the cinderblock foundation; there ...
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Framing a basement column with off-center 2x6s?

I'm going to frame a column in my basement, but I need it to include a few outlet boxes (one for power, and one for speaker). All the videos I've watched show 2x4s being ramset into the columns dead ...
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How to affix a stud to the floor/wall when tanking a basement without 'breaking the seal?'

I'm looking into tanking a cellar/basement. It is not prone to flooding, only damp coming through the walls and floor, so the basic idea is of tanking to form a waterproof layer and then probably ...
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How do I nicely cover this floor pipe in the basement?

So I'm adding flooring to my basement and I've got this sewer access cap thing in the way. I know I need to wrap the flooring around it and then I assume I'll need to cover it with something. What is ...
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CSST Gas Line is a Couple Feet Too Sort

I'm finishing my basement ceiling which includes building a bulkhead around ductwork, plumbing and two CSST gas lines. When the house was built (2002) the contractors used just enough of the CSST to ...
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Insulating basement ceiling

My basement is currently completely unfinished. Having gone through my first winter in the home (Alberta, Canada), the floor is obviously quite cold! As a cost effective way to keep the cold in the ...
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Floating floor over old mastic?

I recently had carpet and asbestos tile tested and removed from my basement, and now am left with concrete covered with black mastic (non-asbestos per testing). I would like to cover the floor with ...
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Adding two rooms in a basement

The ceiling height in the basement is 78" (under the 7' requirement for bedrooms). I asked an inspector if it would be OK to add two rooms with closets and call them storage rooms when listing ...
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Should I use vapor barrier for a framed floor over a slab?

What to do about the vapor barrier? I am currently using a formerly unheated basement room as home office. The room is not properly insulated and rather hard to keep warm. I am thinking about ...
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Opportunity to relocated HVAC system from attic to basement

Our >10-year old HVAC system (heat pump and 3-ton air handler) need to be replaced. The heat pump is need of new parts, but we were advised given the age of the entire system that it would be more ...
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Radon Levels Remain Elevated

I recently purchased a home. During the inspection there was measured radon levels of 6.3 PiC/L. After having a professionally installed radon mitigation system, an electronic sensor indicates an ...
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Basement Insulation/Vapor Barriers

Doing research prior to attempting a DIY basement finish. Never had moisture issues (sealed prior to move in) since we've been here (10yrs), walls are all below grade (no walk-outs). no insulation ...
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cold air return using resilient channel

I'm using resilient channel on a metal stud wall for sound reduction. The cold air return is in a wall that is not panned. The plan was drywall would enclose the area making it tight with airflow ...
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Can these posts be removed to open up this staircase railing?will I have to reinforce this beam? If so how would I do that?

I noticed the showhome of our model had a basement renovated with an open staircase and I'm wondering how simple it would be to do this in our home. I've attached a photo of what it looks like in the ...
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How to hang exhaust fan with limited amount of space?

Ive added a small bathroom in my basement with a drop ceiling. I have limited amount of space to work with. Is it ok to use chain to hang my exhaust fan?
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Repair/re-fill gap above basement security sliding door with concrete/mortar

My home will be getting painted in a week or two so I want to better repair a section of missing concrete/mortar above a basement sliding door so it can be painted and sealed. It appears that some ...
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Basement Floor Feels Uneven

I recently purchased a home with a full finished basement. The home was built in 1988. No foundation or structural concerns were noted during the home inspection. There is carpet in the basement. The ...
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How should I insulate my concrete ceiling in a safe room under a concrete porch?

We have a safe room roughly 25' long x 7' wide x 10' tall. It has concrete walls with a metal ceiling and concrete covered porch above it. The room gets very cold in the winter, I suspect mostly due ...
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Floor-to-ceiling bookshelf before or after carpet?

Building a built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in a room in the basement (~7'10" tall). I've read a lot of differing opinions on whether to build the bookshelf first or put the carpet in first. ...
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Blueprint for basement design

Does someone have any good resources or guides on how to determine basement framing layout? I bought the house with a half basement finished, but would like to complete the other half and possibly ...
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Can I frame and insulate over EPS panels?

My house came with 1/2 inch EPS board already attached to concrete in our basement. Instead of ripping down, I would like to frame over foam with 2x4 studs and fill with rockwool. Per code I need R13 ...
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Options for new line path from breaker box

Previous homeowner added on a kitchen to the basement without running a new line from the breaker box. Kitchen is on the opposite side of the basement as the breaker box. Just read through this post: ...
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Basement half wall advice

Thoughts on how to go about this half wall on all the exterior walls in my basement? I have framed 2x4 walls up to the height of the half cinder block wall and installed installation. Above the half ...
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Basement Recreation Room

I have a basement that we would like to make into a recreation room. There are two ways into the basement, code compliant stairs and a 36x80 door that leads to a mudroom (we live in Maine so mudrooms ...
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What’s this framed concrete rectangle in my unfinished basement?

In my unfinished basement, there’s this framed out rectangle filled with concrete. There are a couple metal bolts sticking up from it that at some point were bent downward. I’ve tried lifting on my ...
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How to smooth out vertical concrete

I cut out a hole for an egress window but my foundation was hollow block. How would someone fill all this in and make a smooth surface for the window lumber? Can I build a form and kinda dump concrete ...
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Single Ground Wire Run Under Floor Joists

I'm in the process of finishing my basement and, aside from a ground wire that was run under the floor joists, I have a fairly clear path for drywalling the ceiling along the floor joists. I have ...
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Framing around PVC pipe

I'd like to frame a wall around a 3 inch PVC pipe in my basement and would like to lose as little interior space as possible. The picture shows what I'd like the framing to look like and the ...
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Drywall suggestions

I am in the process of finishing my basement, I'm doing all the work outside of the drywall finishing. I have a well spoken of finisher doing the work and I've asked him these questions and get the ...
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Can I build a wall directly underneath a steel basement beam?

I'm framing an interior wall in my basement. There is a load bearing steel beam that runs length of the home. Can I build my wall to run parallel underneath the beam about 16 feet and secure it?
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Should I turn off heat in my home when I am finishing my basement?

I live in Virginia and it’s pretty cold here. We are finishing our basement and I turned off the heat. The reason for that is that last time when we finished our basement, we did not turnoff the heat ...
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My diamond cup wheel keeps spinning off when slowing down

I've run into a problem, I need to to remove some very stubborn thinset in my basement bathroom and also level some uneven concrete. I decided to try out the angle grinder method, I have a Bosch 1375A ...
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Can only use small sump pump basin in crawl space, what can I do to prevent short cycling?

My crawl space access is only 19" in height. This severely limits the sump basins I can find. Every basin I see that say that they are 18" diameter are referring to only the inside diameter. ...
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50's poured foundation without exterior form?

I had a couple basement contractors out to look at putting in an egress window. One of them said he expected it to be harder than normal on my house, because builders in my area in the 50s didn't use ...
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Is it safe to block the hole in the wood in the basement?

I discovered today that there are some holes cut in the wooden frames (located near the ceiling of the basement). I suspect that mice come through these holes. The holes are of regular shape (...
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Possible to install utility sink in this location?

We recently moved into a new (to us) house with an unfinished basement where I would like to install a utility sink. Background: All plumbing runs through the basement, adjacent to the area where I ...
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Basement Wall with Stucco/Concrete that needs to be removed

Just bought a 1960 house with unfinished portion of a basement that has had previous water intrusion and the crack has been injected. There are a few lingering cracks I want to deal with. Wall has ...
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Can I add cords to recessed light fixtures to make them portable?

Imagine one of those 4ft led shop lights with a 6 foot plug-in cable that you can get from anywhere. If you had a basement with finished walls and floors but an unfinished ceiling with electrical ...
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Buying a house that has a natural spring flowing through the basement out to a pond. What to do?

My husband and I are looking to buy a house from the 1800's and there is a natural spring in the basement that is stone trenched (open) out to an attached pond in the yard. The current owners put ...
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Basement Bedroom Repair to Original Configuration (Does this count as a bedroom again?)

We purchased a 1978 multi-story house that stated it was 3 bedroom (BR) and 3.5 bathrooms (BA) with a partially unfinished basement. There is a room in the basement partially finished with a closet ...
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Can I use an existing range circuit for a new sub-panel?

Lots of good information out there but wanted to confirm that what I'm learning is accurate and also ask a little about aluminum wiring. Context/Background I'm finishing my basement (one bedroom, an ...
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Basement Bathroom Rough In

My basement shower rough-in cover is broken. Can anyone tell me what's this cover called? Where can I purchase it? And how to replace it? -RG
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Adding Space Wall Heaters

I am thinking of installing three wall space heaters in the basement I am renovating. I currently have three cables coming into the basement: 1 - 20amp for the bathroom GFCI that will power the fan, ...
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Installing new basement post to support first floor post

I am opening a first floor load bearing wall 15 feet wide . This wall sits one foot off from the basement center steel beam, with 2x10 joists 16" on center. The engineer has specified the first ...
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Installing bath sink draining for pedestal when drain does not line up

I have install a pedestal sink in my basement half bath. The drain pipe is perpendicular to the sink and the p-trap does not extend out far enough from the pedestal to allow for connecting. What are ...
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Best way to level tile floor after drain tile installation?

Had some flooding issues last spring and had drain tile installed in our basement. They cut away the tile to install the drain tile. Now we want to lay laminate over the tile but there's about a 2-3' ...

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