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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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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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You are using a picture of a window well cover from my website with out my permission [migrated]

I have not given you permission to use my photo. You have not mentioned where the picture came from. Please remove the photo from your website
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Creating a utility room [on hold]

I recently converted from oil to gas heat I have a 4,000 square foot unfinished basement which I have my washer and dryer and use for storage can I creat a utility room I was told by the people who ...
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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 ...
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When to turn on backup water powered sump pump

I just moved to a house that supposedly has a backup sump pump that is backed by tap water. We’re currently in a power outage. I’ve never had a sump pump before. How do I know it’s time to turn on ...
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Furnace with no filter is drawing air from the basement which has black mould. I am looking at renting this house?

The house I am looking at renting is old but nice. Problem furnace in the basement has had the outside air intake closed so only draws air from the basement. The filter has been taken away and parts ...
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Basement cinderblock wall tops - cover or fill

A few spots on the top of my basement wall have had their tops hacked off for projects (ducts/plumbing/unknown). We had a mouse issue and I'm looking to close these spots up in case they are finding ...
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Water/ moisture coming through patched concrete hole in basement floor

We had our walls braced last summer and the basement guys had to drill holes in the floor to push the walls back in to place. They patched up the holes with concrete and I've noticed a few times (...
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Why would a rough in pipe be under the concrete?

I'm planning to install a three piece bathroom in the basement. We have 2.5" and 3.5" rough in pipes sticking out, while 2" pipe was fully in the concrete. I had to break the floor to see if it was ...
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Ceiling mounted punching bag without compromising structure or floor above

This question is regarding the safest way of installing a heavy punching bag of 100 lbs from the basement ceiling. Above the basement ceiling is a wood floor. The goal is to sleep soundly at night ...
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Should my outdoor spigot be attached to the foundation?

On the picture attached, is it a correct way of garden faucet installation? In this case it is drilled through the wall and the pipe goes in the basement where attached with the rest of the in-house ...
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Will a curtain across a doorway significantly reduce air flow?

I've got a stairway down to a basement that's wide open at the top and at the bottom. The basement gets pretty humid, so we run a dehumidifier down there, but the wide open entry undoubtedly makes the ...
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How do I disable the battery water level sensor on watchdog sump pump back up when I replace it with a sealed battery?

I am replacing my sump pum back up battery with a sealed battery. What do I do with the battery level water sensor?
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No Drainage Around Concrete Basement Floor

This question/comment is in regards to the sump pump question I had yesterday. While digging the hole to set my new sump pump basin I realized that there was very little if any gravel under the actual ...
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How to frame around an egress window

we are in the process of framing our new basement after having some foundation work done (steel supports, interior drainage, egress windows). I have a few questions about how to frame around the ...
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cement floor with adhesive tile removal

40 year old house, daylight basement with glued tile on a concrete floor. there is a moisture problem and a crack in the cement. we want to remove the tile and seal the crack, and seal the cement. ...
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Will holes bored for radon mitigation cause basement flooding?

A company has said that they would drill a hole in the basement to get rid of radon level. Will this cause flooding from the ground beneath the basement? Thanks. Phil
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Can I use the built in vacuum system fir ventilation

I have an old house which has been updated but it doesn't have great ventilation in the finished basement and often smells a bit musty and damp There are no leaks and the drainage system has ...
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basement floor crack widening in newly built home - is this a problem?

Our home was new construction and the basement floor was poured around 1.5 years ago. The builder installed control joints in several locations in the basement slab. Several of these joints have ...
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Basement window coverup leaking

This house is in need of a lot of work. The biggest problem I have right now is the basement flooding. Had new gutters put in in the past month which helped a little but my biggest issue now is where ...
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Sleepers on unlevel basement floor?

A question related to this one about projecting the costs to finish our basement. We have a poured concrete foundation. I don't think it has been sealed yet, but our yard is graded, our downspouts ...
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French door and sheathing rot

I'm looking to finish out an unfinished basement space and don't believe I can do it without addressing the issue. The unfinished area is directly below the French doors and under a deck. Because it ...
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Create new patio door in basement by cutting concrete

My basement has about 2.5 ft of concrete along the wall. The reason is that the outside is a slope/hill and that 2.5" depth is just dirt. I like to install a patio door to my backyard 60x80 which is a ...
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OK to drain humidifier into basement floor drain

What I have in my basement could loosely be called a drain. It doesn't have a pipe. Best I can tell, they just cut a 3 inch hole in the floor; all you see is the rocks under the floor. I've been ...
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Capped galvanized pipe in the basement

I bought and old diy house. Basement is partially developed. The room in the back (close to clay and undeveloped area) there is a galvanized pipe coming and capped off at the end. I can’t figure out ...
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What is what in the basement rough in

When we bought this house we were told that the bathroom rough in was done. What is the purpose of each pipe/hole? I'm assuming the larger one (blue cap) is for the toilet? Is this all we need to ...
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Will adding a cool air return in the basement help with summer AC power usage?

Pretty much the title. I have a full basement. Part of it is unfinished and has the water heater, furnace, and washer / dryer. The other part (roughly 1/2 of the total space) is partially finished. It ...
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My whole house has a humming noise 24/7

Drives me nuts, sounds like a low, bass, vibrating sound. We live in the country; the closest house is 500 ft away. The only services on the street is cable + electric which I have turned off at the ...
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Basement plumbing venting

I am in the process of finishing my basement. There is currently a bathroom roughed in. My question is on venting. There is no dedicated vent stack I can access in the basement. Where is the best ...
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How can I cap off an old, partially-exposed cast iron pipe when a qwik cap won't do?

I'm trying to cap off an old cast iron pipe that's leaking in our basement. The pipe used to be connected to a downspout on the outside and to the sewer on the inside, but it's now disconnected on ...
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What is this hole in my basement floor and how do I repair it? [closed]

The house was built in 1935 and is located in Pittsburgh, PA USA. The basement floor is concrete. There's no sump pump or any other kind of hole or hookup in the basement. The hole is along the ...
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How should I seal a metal window frame to a cinder block wall?

I have a basement window with a metal frame fitted into a cinder block wall. The sill is crumbling and I'll find the right masonry product to repair that but the seal/transition from the frame to the ...
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How do I stop water entering from where the stack meets the wall in the basment?

I just bought a house and everything in it is fine. Untill the other day when there was water in the basment. I initially thought it was related to the washer but I found out it was coming from the ...
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Quikwall parge showing blotches

We recently parged our basement walls using quikwall parge mix. The concrete is now 50 days old and we are planning on painting it with drylok. However, there is one splotch that still looks wet. This ...
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Can rigid foam board have an air space between it and the studs. Basement wall

I finishing a part of my basement and I want to put rigid insulation>studs>batt insulation in stud bay>drywall. I have a wall that has copper pipes, pvc pipes, and gas pipes flush to the concrete ...
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Basement Humidity Increases When Central A/C is Running

With regards to humidity, I seem to have the opposite intended effect in my basement when my central A/C is running... I live in Maryland and have a 1960s Cape Cod style home with an unfinished ...
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Insulation in basement with plaster walls

I’m looking to finish my basement. I have a 1940’s cape cod with a poured concrete basement. The basement walls have a fairly thick layer of plaster to them, very rough looking. It’s and in good ...
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Building a basement at or below water level?

Is there a method for building a basement that would be at or slightly below water level? We have a home that is built roughly 50 feet from a creek that's generally dry during spring and summer ...
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What Condition Can Concrete Be In And Be Recycled?

I have a basement slab that I'm going to be breaking up and sending to a recycler. Here's what I would like to avoid: The concrete being rejected at the site of recycling The concrete causing some ...
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Leveling sloped basement floor

We want to finish our (currently unfinished) 800 sqft basement. The current floor is concrete, in good condition, but slopes substantially toward a drain near the middle of the floor. I'd guess the ...
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What is the best type of paint for a basement floor?

I need to paint a basement floor that will see rugged use. What type of paint is appropriate for that? Or is maybe paint the wrong thing altogether and I should use a bake on plastic or something like ...
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Installing in-wall speakers in an exterior basement wall

I've been debating installing in-wall speakers on an exterior basement wall for a home cinema, and I see problems with every solution. Naive approach Cut out a section down to the concrete and ...