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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Increasing the distance from the wall of my pull up bar

I have the following chin up bar that is too close to the wall when using my new set of rings. What is the best way to increase the distance from the wall? Can I simply add two vertical 2x4 (at each ...
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Insulating small rim joist spaces

My house has very small rim joists spaces in the basement. I have noticed that the floors are cold, as are the walls. So I want to take action and this is where I thought to start. My problem is that ...
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Is an Interior French Drain Necessary?

We just had 12 hours of straight rainfall in SE PA, with like one total hour of respite. After all that, my basement looks as follows: There is a crack by the cellar door that is leaking: I just had ...
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Water in basement from basement door concrete crack

In my basement I get some water seepage that I believe comes from a crack in the concrete steps/framing underneath the cellar doors. Interior 1 Interior 2 Exterior On the outside, there is nothing ...
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What is the fibrous lining in my concrete greywater basin?

I have a grey water sump pump in the basement of my house (1958, Dayton, OH) that also serves as a grey water basin for the basement utility sink, furnace condenser, and washing machine. It is a ...
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Just to answer everyone's questions on previous post [closed]

I'm sorry if this get closed I just wanted to answer people asking about the brand of the jack. This is it: https://www.amazon.com/Anbull-Hydraulic-Automatic-Emergency-Replacement/dp/B08G1H44NJ As it ...
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Is it safe to use a device that uses 30 amps at full capacity on a 15 amp circuit even though I will not be using full capacity? [closed]

I am planning on using a 15 ton electric jack to help me out in my garage working on stuff (it will not be lifting a car or anything dangerous). The lower rated electric jacks tend to be trash. I have ...
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Stone veneer fireplace with TV mount and mantle

I'm currently attempting to create a "stone" accent wall where I plan on installing a fireplace mantel and TV mount. I purchased and hung cement board to my frame and came across a few ...
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Fixing a door hinge when the part of the board it was attached to is gone?

In a house built in 1950 there is a door in the basement that the top hinge is connected but the bottom hinge is not attached because the part of the board it was attached to is gone. I do not know ...
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What is this12“x12” metal box in my basement floor?

I have a 12"x12" metal box that was under some 30+ year old tile in my basement. Does anyone know what this is here for, and should access be maintained to it? Under the metal it is ...
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Finishing basement with unusual drainage

I live in a historic home, and the previous owners made some interesting choices, to say the least. As a result, there are lots of things here that I’ve not encountered elsewhere. I’m currently ...
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Was it correct to connect all the ground wires for my new outlets?

I have a new home built this year. Made a workbench in the basement. There are no outlets in this half of the basement. I mounted a metal outlet bar on the front of the bench, wired house wire (3 wire)...
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Are water and vertical cracks normal for full height crawl space? [closed]

I am thinking about purchasing a home that is set on top of a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French ...
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Replacing a full height crawl space with basement

I am thinking about purchasing a home that is set on top of a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French ...
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How can I seal a gap between floor joist boxes and foundation?

I have an unfinished basement that always has tons of beetles, spiders and cold air (yes I know most basements have this, but it is more than normal). I finally decided to take a piece of insulation ...
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How to do sink plumbing in the basement?

We are working on finishing our basement. We have this area that is perfect for a fridge/counter and maybe a sink. I'm thinking of leaving space for a fridge on the left, then some cabinet/countertop....
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How big a problem is wood embedded in a basement concrete floor?

We purchased a home where the previous owner did a lot of home improvement himself. The house has a finished basement and I believe the previous owner mentioned something about him digging out and ...
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Drywall joint/edge against pipe ok?

I'm wrapping up the design of my basement ceiling. Going with drywall to save an inch or so. One problem area I have is write at the bottom step to the basement there is a heating pipe that cuts ...
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2 out of 5 ceiling lights in basement won't work

2 out of 5 ceiling lights in basement won't work. The fuse never tripped. The lights never flickered. They worked perfectly before. The house was built in 1997. The basement is unfinished so I can see ...
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Corroded wiring casing in basement - cause?

I just had our annual furnace tune-up and the guy who performed the inspection gave us a B tag violation because the electrical supply wire to our gas furnace is corroded and copper wiring is exposed. ...
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What is this strange plumbing on my sump pump drain?

From documentation left with our house we know that our sump pump used to empty into the sanitary sewer. In the early 90’s the home owners took advantage of a city grant that paid for moving the drain ...
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Insulating hard to access rim joist

I am currently insulating my rim joists with rigid foam board, then spraying great stuff around the edges. However, there is one rim joist that will be too difficult to get the foam board into because ...
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Best and easiest way to seal insulation above concrete pour in unfinished areas of basements? [closed]

One of the things my crew is doing is trying to quickly make unfinished areas in basements look nicer and easier to clean. We usually stuff all outer joist walls with roxul to insulate and while this ...
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Is armoured/metallic BX cable required for exposed wire in basement ceiling?

[In Ontario, Canada] I have a "furnace room" (it's a room that contains my furnace, and also washer / dryer, water softener and water heater). Recently I had the furnace replaced and the ...
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Garage catch basin and basement washroom drain pipe connection

I am trying to get a good understanding of the plumbing setup I have in the garage (see attached picture). This catch-basin is located in the middle of the garage. There is a basement washroom on the ...
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What side of the Typar paper faces the concrete when attaching to the back of the stud wall in my basement?

We are finishing our basement and live in Utah 5 climate zone. We already had the walls framed and now I'm seeing we should have placed the foam board first. Now that the walls are up I'm looking at ...
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Should I put a vapor barrier under metal framing in a basement?

I will be framing out my basement with steel so the bottom track will be on the concrete slab. Is it required to put some sort of vapor barrier between the slab and the track? I couldn't find anything ...
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Should I insulate the duct trunk as I finish my basement?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement and am currently planning out my HVAC. I live in Minnesota so I'm trying to do what I can to maximize heat delivery/retention down there so I don't end up ...
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Basement HVAC supply location

I'm finishing my basement and I'm wondering how I should approach placement of the supply vents. I live in Minnesota so my primary consideration is to do what I can to make sure the space can be kept ...
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Can i cover Great Stuff foam with Flex Seal tar to protect the great stuff from UV damage?

Cabin has a 'fake walls' to cover and close the gap from the ground to the actual structure, like a trailer skirt. fake wall (rock wall) is made of rubble and mortar. In several sections the wall ...
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What things to watch for when installing sewer line in the basement under 15" concrete slab

I am going through a major renovation in my house which involves excavating 7'6" basement and pouring seismically strong 15" slab as a floor. The house is pretty high on the hill and ...
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Framing basement ceiling with concrete slab

I want to finish a room underneath my back balcony. Currently four concrete walls and ceiling are bare. Real cold in winter and warm in the summer. Goal would be to turn into a storage room with some ...
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Drop ceiling tile direction

I am replacing old drop ceiling tiles and I am bit worried about the current grid layout (which came with the house). The tiles are 2*4 and the current ones are fairly light. After reading ...
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Adding NM cable into side hole on service panel, code securing?

Service panel in basement is mounted directly to block wall just below the joist. I want to add new circuit cables, NM-B-14-2, through side holes using a knockout clamp. If the side hole is more than ...
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How high to seal vapor retarder in open ceiling basement

I'm finishing my basement with an open ceiling am trying to figure out how high the vapor retarder needs to go. The wall will be insulated with mineral wool and the rim joists with 2" XPS + 3.5&...
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Pros and cons of painting basement walls in the unfinished sections?

I am about to sell a house I have been renting out. It just had some foundation work done and part of that was in an unfinished part of the basement. This utility room is large, has two finished ...
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Leaving basement forms on permanently

I am having an addition built on my home with ~600 square foot basement underneath. Because one of the basement foundation walls is very near (~1 foot) from the original home foundation, the concrete ...
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Filling gaps in a concrete floor

Our 1950's brick two story, three bedroom with a basement is a pretty common type around Toronto. We're doing some demolition and cleaning up in the basement. We are fairly sure we want to sell; our ...
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Unfinished basement - options for exposed concrete wall in finished room

We're purchasing a home with a large, unfinished basement having a poured concrete foundation and walls. This home is in Minnesota, so there's a seasonal consideration with temperature and moisture. ...
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Joists not resting on middle wall sill plate, created unlevel floor above

You can't really see that well from picture, I may take some new ones to show the issue more clearly. This is a middle wall in my basement, the joists go from a wall passing over this one, to the ...
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How can I mitigate water contact with a 2x4 screwed into concrete floor?

In my unfinished basement I am going to be installing some cantilever shelving along the walls. Basically using 2x4's attached to the joists, with a carriage bolt, and to the floor... likely using a ...
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Basement bathroom — acceptable wet vent to use wye into main sewer line?

I finished my basement and added a bathroom (sink + toilet) and a wet bar (sink). I am using a SaniPLUS system. My original plan was to (reluctantly) run an open air vent from the basement, up ...
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Closet installation of gas boiler

We have a gas-fired steam boiler (Williamson Thermoflo GSA-150) that heats our house. We're finishing the basement and would like to close off the boiler and water heater (also gas) in a small room. ...
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Condensation on just 1 duct in unfinished basement

We live in the Northeast (PA) and have a new construction home that we have lived in for a year. The home is small (1300 sq ft, open concept first floor) with an unfinished basement. The ceiling of ...
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Will using a flood guard on cellar drain cause excess storm water to go to upper floors?

Just recently has storm backwater flood my basement through the 2 floor drains. A few weeks ago when my neighbor was draining his backyard pool I noticed remnants of slight flooding, but last night ...
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Curious absence of humidity in basement [closed]

Our basement had always felt uncomfortable during high humidity summer days. I finally purchased a dehumidifier and ran it all the time during the dog days of summer for the past two years. It made a ...
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Causes of radon in the basement of a newer home?

We are in the process of (maybe) buying a home. It is a newer (2007) home in Northern Wisconsin with an insulated concrete form (ICF) basement in red clay. We just got the radon test back and the 2 ...
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Seemingly overbuilt basement wall - load bearing?

I'm doing some prep/exploratory work before I begin finishing my basement. Home was built in 1980 and has a cement block foundation. There is a seemingly random wall framed in the otherwise unfinished ...
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Strange concrete pad ringed with bricks in basement

I'm developing a Victorian flat (UK) the moment and there's a room that I wanted to clear out but there appears to be a load-bearing support beam with a concrete support pad at the base...I'm ...
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Should I use glue or powder-actuated nails when framing over gypcrete?

I have a current gypcrete-over-radiant-over-foamboard-over-slab floor in my unfinished basement. I'm about to frame it out to finish it. I've already located all the tubing, and I do have spots where ...

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