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Husband cut corrugated trim installed around basement for the sump pump flush to the floor. What can we do to fix this and then to aesthetically fix? [closed]

my husband cut the trim flush to the floor that was meant to be of use with the sump pump because he thought it looked ugly. After, there were holes under the trim all around. We started getting bugs ...
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How to disribute spotlights to provide best light results?

I'm working on wiring spotlights for my basement, which includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a hall. Each room has different dimensions. For example, I have a rectangular room ...
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'DWV' PVC pipes ~ Is it ok to have an open inlet in the basement?

Our basement has a openings in the PVC drain-waste-vent (DWV) system, for a washer and water softener to drain. I just realized there's no check valve on this or anything to prevent a sewage backup (...
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Mysterious washer leak

I am trying to remedy two washing machine leaks, one mysterious, one not so mysterious. First, the not so mysterious leak. When running a large load, water backs up and spills out the top of the box/...
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Are 1x2 walls ok for framing the bottom kneewalls in my basement?

I'm in Minnesota. We have a unfinished/partially finished basement with daylight windows that we plan to work on. I'm trying to understand if it's OK on the kneewall where the Polyisocyanurate foam is ...
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How to fix gap between top of foundation wall and bottom of exterior wall

I recently bought my first house. We removed some drywall in the basement for a project and saw a couple gaps between the top of our foundation wall and the exterior wall of the house. The gap in the ...
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What wires needed for my basement circuits?

I am doing the electrical work for my basement. I have a kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. I will divide them into 4 circuits. Circuit 1 (Kitchen): Fridge Freezer Microwave Lights Blender Kettle ...
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Leaking water out of pipe in basement floor.Sewage water when using water upstairs?

Tonight I came downstairs and the stubbed pipe in my basement was leaking sewer water out . If we flush a toilet or use drains it leaks. My basement is stubbed with just pipes and vents.
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unfinished Basement humidity at 79% despite 24-7 dehumidifier

I have an unfinished Basement that smells damp so I put in a humidity meter last summer and it was reading around 80% which is known to cause mold. I'm not seeing the mold but I put in this ...
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Window leak — is this a simple recaulking or do I need to new flashing?

Have a leaky double window in the basement right in the center of the frame. The caulking is cracked, and there’s a water stain on the ceiling. I’m a new homeowner and we noticed it during a heavy ...
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What are these things in the wall of the spare room?

I am thinking about making this small room into a guest room (maybe a window in the door or the wall, adding a bed, etc). There are some knobs and pipes in one of the walls (2nd pic below) that I don'...
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Is it a problem if my back flow preventer pit is filling with water?

I bought his home in MN and moved in back in February. This is my first home and it was remodeled by a flipper. It’s now spring and has rained quite a bit the last few weeks. Last week, I discovered ...
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Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring Over Tile in Basement

I've been reading up on whether I can lay LVPF over an already tiled basement, and the consensus seems to be that I can so long as the grout isn't too wide/height differentiated and the ground is ...
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Is this system truly superior to french drain?

I recently watched a few videos by this company, who purports that their system works better than French drains. The rationale is that the water that seeps in is lower than the French drain; their ...
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Leaking basement under chimney - weep hole solution?

We have a brick chimney that rests on a basement foundation wall about 2' above grade (basement is 2/3 below ground). We have a trickle leak into our basement after heavy rains below the the back ...
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install basement toliet

My contractor left a 2' high by 4" pvc sticking out of concrete floor for toilet drain.it looks like it's glued inside another pipe sticking 1/4-1/2" above floor. How do I connect a toilet ...
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How can I cover my basement floor & waterproof it? [closed]

I have about 420 SF of basement flooring I need to do something with. Backstory: We bought our home in 2019 and very shortly thereafter found out our basement gets water. Our house is a tri-level, so ...
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Gap between Rigid Foam Boards and Wall Framing (About 2 inches)

I am currently finishing my basement. I will be putting 1" rigid foam on the concrete wall of my basement and will have wall framing about 2 inches away from it. Is there a code or best practice ...
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Pressure-treated wood truly necessary for basement furring strips?

Best practice described everywhere is to use pressure-treated wood when the wood will be in contact with concrete. In general, that makes great sense, especially when framing to finish a basement with ...
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Help! I need to fix leaky cracks in basement floor

I live in 130-year-old house with a stone walled basement. The basement walls don't currently leak, but I have some floor cracks that have started to leak a lot when there's a heavy rain. Some of the ...
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How to refinish this so mold doesnt reappear

Looking for some advice on how to refinish this half wall, mid way down my basement stairs so mold doesn't come back. This was strapped with a couple of horizontal 2x2's with insulation in between and ...
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How would you approach this basement drywall repair?

This section of the wall (it may be plaster) was removed to install a French drain which you can barely make out in the picture. I'm thinking of using tapcons and glue to adhere drywall to this ...
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How high can baseboard heaters be installed?

I'm trying to do a basement loop to heat up my basement. Can I install a hot water baseboard at approx. 12" from the floor?
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What kind of pump do I need to help a basement toilet flush?

I have a basement bathroom with a Pittsburgh toilet, raised about 10". It flushes but not well. I have seen pumps that run from $100 to $1000 and it appears many are for the install process. Can ...
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Drainage issues for a wet basement

We bought an older house, built in ~1950s, in NY (NYC Metro-ish area) in April 2022. Since then we've had frequent issues with decent amounts of water getting into our 95% finished basement. Between 1-...
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How can I repair soil gas barrier membrane when relocating basement drains?

My dad and I are finishing his basement and the three piece bathroom is roughed in by the builder. The drains for the toilet and shower are not ideally placed, so we want to move them a few inches, ...
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What do I need for a small drain in a basement sauna floor with poured concrete?

I am installing a drain in a basement sauna. I am pouring 4 inches of concrete over an existing concrete floor. I need to fit the drain and pipe in that 4 inches. The drain will not be subject to a ...
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Basement tie rods leaking after repair

I'm preparing the basement concrete walls before finishing the basement. I will be gluing XPS insulation and building a drywall wall without added vapor barrier. The previous owners appear to have had ...
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Water entering basement, can regrading help in my situation?

I have attached the plan for my property. To the left is the plan of the basement and the right is the plan for the ground level. The 4 black arrows indicate where i am seeing water ingress whenever ...
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How to best seal a concrete hole patch in basement slab?

I’ve got multiple large trenches busted up in my 1911 basement floor where new drains were put in. It’s time to fill them back in with concrete but I’m concerned about water coming up through the seam ...
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Finished basement ceiling insulation advice/questions

Location: Chicago-land area Situation: Finished basement about 1500 sq ft Basement has a bathroom, washer/dryer, HVAC system, and water heater, and has heating registers down there to stabilize temp ...
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Vinyl or laminate in large basement?

I need to choose type of flooring for large basement area, totally of 625 SF, with poured concrete. I'm considering laminate or vinyl. Although it is a country side house, the basement is quite dry, ...
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Replacing multiple 6” flexible ducts with rigid

I’m cleaning up ductwork in my basement and want to replace the runs of flexible duct with rigid. Current There is a group of 3 duct runs (6” uninsulated flexible round) that all have very close ...
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How to frame basement window

Good morning, I'm working on finishing my basement and need some ideas on how to frame out around the windows to facilitate either a drywall or pine return. I'm using 1 inch xps on the walls and then ...
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Steel basement beam rusting [closed]

We supply steel beams in Western NY and we apply a structural steel primer to all beams. We have a customer who has beams that are rusting in a basement. The beams have been in place for 3-4 years, ...
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Rigid foam on basement walls

I am planning on installing 2" rigid foam on my basement walls to act as a vapour barrier, before framing in the 2x4 walls (AB, Canada). The rigid foam comes in 8x4 foot lengths, but my ceiling ...
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Need advice on underlayment for finished / converted garage floor

We recently bought a split level ranch in New England that we are renovating to make safe for our family. The previous owner had vinyl tiles in a converted garage, that is about halfway under grade ...
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How to Insulate/Install Moisture barrier around drain pipes in basement

finishing my basement and 2" using rigid insulation on the concrete walls for a moisture barrier/thermal break. My plan is to tape that all to my DriCore InsulArmor subfloor for a seam-less ...
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Tile on uneven floor

I want to put tile down in my basement. The floor is concrete and feels like a basement with some furniture on it. I’m hoping the tile will change that. I measured the level of the floor by putting my ...
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Should under slab basement plumbing include a trap for the shower? [closed]

Paid builder for basement under slab plumbing consisting of a drain for shower, sink, toilet and bucket. They did not include a trap for the shower. So, the eventual basement work to put in a ...
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What is the solution to detect and address water in bulkhead/basement?

There are many posts on this site with good information about how to address water leaking into a basement (in my case, a small amount of water leaks into my bulkhead). I am not asking about how to ...
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Can cables entering a box have their sheath removed short of the box?

I have been in this house for several years, and have just a bit of exposed copper wiring coming out of the upper left side of this blue electrical box in the basement. The box connects to the outlet ...
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Better Strategy: Add more HVAC Registers or fully insulate walls?

I have a fairly cold basement, two rooms specifically where there's about a 6 degrees C difference from set point. Basement is fully finished, built in 2007 and back then, half insulated walls were a ...
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How to determine the water source in my flooding basement?

There are a few questions about flooding basements in old houses, but I think that all wet basements are wet in their own way, so none of those are helping me. I live in St. Louis, MO in an all brick ...
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How to connect Vapor barrier to joists basement

I’m trying to figure out best way to connect Vapor barrier to the joists in a basement renovation. House is in Alberta Canada. 1970 build. The basement wall consists of a concrete wall with a pony ...
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How can I deal with a toilet drain rough-in that's too far from the wall?

I am finishing a basement on a newly built house. I noticed that the center of toilet drain will be 17 inches from the wall. I can’t move the wall closer to make it 13 inches because that would make ...
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How to determine where water is coming in basement wall

I have an unfinished basement, that I am starting to prep to be finished. We haven't (didn't think we have) had any water issues. I did a moisture test, and it was good. While installing new ...
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Type of contractor for basement egress doors?

I'm interested in getting some quotes to have Bilco-style doors installed in an existing house. I have checked the Bilco website, and no listed contractors in my area (Wisconsin). I can find ...
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Running NM cable in basement

I am finishing my basement. Is it alright to run cables across 2x4’s as shown in the picture. The top plate of the wall will run parallel to the joist and perpendicular to the cleats. The top plate ...
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Cable sizing for subpanel

I’m in the process of finishing my basement. An existing 200amp Square D load center is in the basement. I want to add a subpanel in the basement about 75’ away. The subpanel will feed: Dryer (50amp ...
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