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's the 1 inch size square knob sticking out of wall?

I noticed there is a square knob sticking out of my basement wall. Anyone knows what this is?
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How much does EMT conduit installed vertically on a poured concrete interior basement wall have to extend beyond the top of the concrete?

I'm installing outlets in my basement on poured concrete walls and will be using EMT for conduit. How high over the top of the concrete walls must the conduit extend? The original wiring has conduit ...
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How to install drywall on existing basement stairs?

We are finishing our basement stairs, and I'm struggling with how to drywall the side that is parallel and flush against the foundation. Should I pull down the stairs, frame the wall, hang drywall, ...
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What is this panel in basement wall of 1940s house?

When I removed a cabinet from our basement wall today I discovered the panel in the photo below. The panel is metal, approximately 2 ft wide and 1 ft high. It has five 1.5 inch holes in it, each one ...
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epoxy paint in the basement with a wood stove?

is is safe to paint my basement floor with epoxy paint with having my wood stove down there? I wanted to paint my basement floor with epoxy for the purpose of not having to repaint it each year but I ...
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Water seeps through basement floor at drain exit during heavy rain

We've been having heavy rains in Madison, Wisconsin, lately, and on two occasions I've found water seeping into my basement in this location: The red x's mark pipes that seem to have no function. ...
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Is sump pump supposed to discharge back onto property or onto the street curb?

I have a sump pump in my basement that discharges several times a day. Currently, it discharges water right next to my front steps. I read that sump pumps should discharge at least 10 ft away from the ...
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Do I need an egress window in a basement studio apartment with two doors?

I have a small studio apartment I want to rent in my basement. It has two exit doors, and block glass windows. First entry door is about 6 feet to the foot of the stairs (which leads to the main floor ...
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Will venting an outbuilding's basement well room reduce condensation & mold in summer?

I was advised by our well man, Scott (Barmore Pump Co.) to vent our outbuilding's basement where the well pump and holding tank is located, to reduce the moisture & resulting mold that forms on ...
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When finishing a basement, how do I transition from walls to doors/windows?

I am planning to finish my basement, which is currently naked poured concrete foundation throughout. I have a new door and new windows (only one shown in the Figure below because they are identical). ...
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How can I open this door latch with the knobs removed?

So my stupid roommates not only put tape in the door but also took the knob off. I closed it while doing laundry and they dont know where the knob is or pieces to open it. Can yall help
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How to insulate / finish a row house basement?

I am planning to insulate the basement of my row house. Given that I'm in Region 5, I will need proper insulation on the exterior-facing basement walls. But what about the walls facing the neighbors? ...
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Reducing moisture from semi-finished basement concrete floor

I'm looking for advice for a good way to reduce moisture seepage through my basement concrete floor. My research has turned up several promising approaches: Surface-only treatments Specialty paints ...
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6“ inline duct booster connection to 6” duct

I'm putting an 6' inline duct booster 240cfm, into 6" dia 2ft duct, do I need any connectors for the inline to the duct work, seems a bit smaller? This is for basement ventilation, with a window vent ...
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How much water needed to test sump pump?

Recently moved in to a place and am attempting to test the sump pump. Most information I can find online mentions that there will be a float switch somewhere to activate the pump but I am not seeing ...
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Is it possible install a drain flange without breaking up the concrete around the roughed-in pipe?

My house was built with rough-in plumbing in the basement cement floor as are many houses in the past 25 years. The rough-in plumbing includes a 4" PVC pipe in the floor for a toilet and a 2" PVC ...
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home electrical not working as it should

I have a 115 volt 20 amp breaker but at the plug its only showing 79 volts what can the issue be? I changed the breaker and checked the voltage at the panel
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House water supply “mystery branch” upstream from shutoff valve

I have a 1953 ranch with daylight basement. Pictured below is the point where (I believe) the water main enters the house horizontally (water meter is out in front lawn at ground level, aligned with ...
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Bottom 3 courses of cinder block are wet!!!! Why?

The bottom 3 courses of my cinder block are wet and deteriorating (effervescence). The basement is waterproofed and it’s still happening. Its on 2 interior walls and 1 exterior. The top layers of ...
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Spring water in basement of new construction

Location: Northern New Brunswick, Canada Lakeside property. Last fall we dug and poured our concrete foundation, which has a full height basement and a walk-in, which needed a step foundation in that ...
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Venting basement bathroom rough in

I'm a DIY-er with a lot of experience in some phases of construction but not much in plumbing (so please be nice to my dumb questions!). I'm finishing a basement with a full bathroom, and thought I'd ...
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What should I do about water appearing in drain tile in my basement?

I purchased this older home about 7 months ago and having issues with basement getting wet. One area has an old clay tile coming up out of the concrete about 2 inches and goes nowhere but it will fill ...
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Trying to use two 3 way switches and a 4 way switch to operate 2 - 54187 Bennett Collections using one remote

Can I make the two fan/lights work by switching them at 3 different places [2 3ways and 1- 4 way switch] and also use the remote to operate both fan/lights? .... ..... Or will I have to wire two ...
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Are bends allowed in a toilet drain above the 4x3 reducer?

I am finishing my basement, which was roughed in by the builder, but I need to move the toilet, since I lost 8" of wall framing in front of the main sewer line, the vanity would be stupidly narrow, to ...
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Basement moisture on foundation issues

After taking all sheet-rock down I noticed that all walls (cement block) siting under ground are moist. Some of them even ate through footers. After farther look at the house I found out that their is ...
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Covering Exposed ICF and sill plate?

new guy here. I am hoping you guys can help. We had a 2x6 built Wisconsin Homes modular placed on top of an ICF basement. Then, we had vertical vinyl board and batten siding installed, it was run down ...
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Should I insulate metal duct work in basement?

I have a balloon frame house with an unfinished basement. The air handler and furnace are in the basement too. Last fall, we had the duct work removed because it was wrapped in asbestos tape that ...
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Do I need to install drainage medium for my sump pump to work well in an old basement?

My house is old. Built in 1922. I have installed a sump pump. When we get heavy rains like right now it leaks pretty good. I am in Kansas City and my soil is very clay like. The lowest point in the ...
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Is it possible for a sump pump pail to be too deep?

I have my 2006 built home on the market. A prospective buyer is asking whether our sump hole is too deep? Is there such a thing as too deep and what are the ramifications?
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Is it normal to have your load bearing wall not line up with your basement support posts and joist?

I am looking to do a pass through in my kitchen, and I was looking to confirm in the basement if everything lined up nicely for the 5-6' header I was going to put in. I noticed that the wall (load ...
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Is there a temporary solution to alleviate wet carpet stench in the basement?

Yesterday I discovered that part of the carpet in the basement is soggy and there's a sewage-like stench. I've contacted both the water damage restoration company and the insurance company to evaluate ...
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is slab in basement for water control under house

Is channel in basement standard design? Determined that this is a 4 inch poured slab apparently on top of the original slab with some holes in the channel. Is this for ground water control under the ...
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Concrete vs suspended floor over vapor barrier

Our house has a sizable crawl space large enough to use as storage. The space has no slab covering it, but due to radon issues, it does have a vapor barrier to maintain a suction for the radon ...
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What is this pipe in my basement?

I have a lot of water coming into my basement from a line that is next to where my water pump feeds into. It has been raining a lot lately. I found a pipe in the basement that looks like it could be a ...
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Unfinished basement in Georgia townhome; would vapor barrier on interior trap moisture?

I have a town house that is a middle unit on a slab. The back wall is above grade, with exterior windows and door. The sidewalls abut adjacent units, so there is no wall in contact with soil for the ...
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Using a Flitch re-inforce a notch in LVL

I am looking to make a small notch in an LVL beam in my basement. In full transparency, I have installed a golf simulator in my basement, and I need another 2-3 inches of height to swing a driver ...
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What should I be concerned about on this house?

Please see: Is channel in basement standard design? I'm concerned the first block course is being used as a permeable tile when it's not designed as permeable. Is water heater or furnace destroyed? ...
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Can this water damage be explained by lack of gutters and grading issues?

We are currently midway through a major renovation to an old house. Part of the renovation was digging out a new basement and adding a new foundation around it. The basement has a ceiling height of ...
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positive pressure in a furnace room

I am planning to install an insulated exterior grade door on a finished furnace room in my basement. The room will have a hot air supply register but i read that I cannot put in a return because i ...
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Favorite adhesive for gluing foil faced poly-iso against concrete?

In the basement, gluing FOIL FACED Poly Iso to the foundation walls (Poured concrete). I was planning for XPS and was going to use proper foamboard adhesive. However, I am now going to be installing ...
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My basement perimeter tile drains into my sump pump pit and floods my basement

My basement perimeter tile drains into my sump pump pit and floods my basement. I struggle to pump water out on my small property. there is a field tile on my property however it has been clogged for ...
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LVL Floor Joist Notch / Reinforcement Question

Please see image attached. I am looking to make a notch in a 11 1/2 LVL beam spanning 17ft across my basement.
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R5 or R7.5 XPS before R11/R13 Fibgerglass for basement in Zone 5?

Insulating basement walls that are most below grade. Zone 5, and using a mix of rigid foam board and then framing 2x4 walls and insulating between the studs with R11 or R13 (whatever is on sale and ...
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How to fix leaks in concrete and steel bulkhead

I have a bit of an urgent situation forming. I recently purchased a house that's 55 years old, with "no history of basement leaks." Long story short - my basement flooded yesterday during a small rain ...
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How can I drill conduit hole through plywood firestop I can't reach?

I'm trying to run a 3/4" conduit (1" OD) from unfinished basement utility room A to unfinished utility room B, through the ceiling of finished room C. There are several floor trusses which are easy ...
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What might have caused these cracks on a load bearing post in the basement?

The photo is of the top of the only post in a basement room about 27'x18'. I presume it is a load bearing post. The cracks seem new (i.e., no dust or cobwebs and I have not noticed them before). How ...
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Foundation concerns with 40 year old home

I just purchased a home built in 1978 (I literally moved in last weekend.) This is my first home purchase, and I tried to do as much research as I could -- I had it inspected, and the inspector found ...
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HVAC Heat Supply - Register type (Square Register or Round Diffuser?)

We are adding new heat supply runs to our basement ceiling. We have had 3 HVAC contractors look at it and all 3 want to use 5" round air diffusers instead of the normal metal square registers. Here ...
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self leveling layer with internal French drain

I am planning to pour a layer of self leveling sealant such as levelPro to level out my basement floor and cover / encase some possible problematic vinyl tiles. It's an older house, and I believe it ...
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?? black tubes in basement floor?

My house in Canada is 14 years old . From original construction, rising up out of the concrete basement floor are 18" black tubes about 3/4 inch O.D. in three different locations . What are they for ?...