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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Exterior Wall - Stacking Fiberglass insulation and Mineral Wool insulation

I am in the process of finishing my unfinished basement and had a question about stacking insulation. When framing the basement we realized we have alot of areas which have about 6~ inches of extra ...
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Vertical crack in foundation

I live in a condo and I have a vertical crack in my foundation in my basement. A company came out twice to prime flex seal the crack which lasted for a year. unfortunately with recent rain it appears ...
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Mid project finishing basement: should I rip out new framing?

I am learning that the wood framing that has just been installed (glued) in my basement really should have come after putting in continuous foam board insulation against the wall, separating the wood ...
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How to get water in my basement to flow to the floor drain

I'm in an old house that occasionally gets water in the basement. The basement isn't finished so it isn't a big deal if some water comes in right now. The problem right now is that there's a drain in ...
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Kitchen drain causes basement laundry drain pipe to overflow

We have a setup where our washer is in the basement directly below our kitchen sink. From the looks of it they both drain directly into the same sewer/drain line. To the right of the washer is a floor ...
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Unfinished basement electrical re-wiring, protecting cables on cinderblock, also corrosion concerns

My basement has old electrical wiring, looks like it was a replacement for some even older knob and tube (which they largely left in place of course). While they did wire up lighting somewhat, though ...
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Weird orange rust spots appearing in holes on freshly painted basement cinder blocks

I've started to paint my basement with white primer, and on one wall weird orange spots appeared in the holes I had "filled" with the primer. The wall is made of dark cinder blocks which are pretty ...
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Do I need to insulate my basement?

I am currently finishing my basement and wondering if I need to insulate my basement. I have already framed all the walls. I have a below grade basement and the temp is pretty consistent. Local code ...
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What are my options to replace this window?

So, I've got these short 11x32 inch windows that are original to the house, there's five of them. They're metal, single pane, and have large gaps between the frame and window. I've tried going to the ...
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Proper way to secure a basement post to a metal I-beam

A home inspection noted that the center beam in our basement was not secured. What is required to secure a beam to a column, and is it really required? The house is in Oakland Co, Michigan, so ...
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Crack on basement wall/foundation wall

I noticed a crack on our basement wall or foundation wall (not sure what to call it). Our house is fairly new, built on mid 2017. We have a finished basement so there's no way to check the crack from ...
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Should I install a subfloor if I'm putting LVP in my basement?

I live in an area with temperatures from -7°F to 118°F. I'd like to put Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) in my concrete basement, but I've heard conflicting reports on if I need a subfloor. Some assumptions: ...
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Do I need so many fasteners and an edge gap for a basement subfloor on concrete?

I'm getting ready to install subflooring in a residential basement, which currently has exposed concrete slab. The concrete is well-cured (50 years) with no moisture problems. The plan is to lay down ...
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Basement walls above grade are wet outdoors after rain

I would appreciate any tip, help on diagnosing the symptom below. Been searching online to help diagnose symptom of "wet patch on exterior wall after rain". Did find several useful resources, ...
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How can I change planes with a row of copper water pipes?

I have five 3/4 copper water lines coming into my mechanicals room along the ceiling - so they are nicely lined up in a horizontal plane, parallel to the plane of the ceiling. However, our manifolds ...
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Do these materials typically contain asbestos?

Update I tested samples at a local asbestos certified lab and all came back 100% clear of asbestos. Thank you all for your advice. I’m new here and a new home owner. Just purchased a condo in a two ...
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Does anyone know what this metal thing in the corner of my basement is?

I don't know what it is. It's sticking out of my wall. Does anyone have any ideas? It looks like a piece of metal. And lately, I've seen some dampness and water pooling on it a bit. And the area where ...
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Sister 2x10 joist with a 2x8

We are looking into continuing work on our story duplex basement. Our basement in most areas is anywhere from 6.1 to 6.5 feet. I am looking to gain an additional 2 inches of head room. Right now the ...
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Basement shower construction, 2 parts!

Question one: I have a 5 inch cast iron drain pipe roughed in. Is there an adapter to put on the drain to get it down to 2 inches??? Without me having to bust the floor up and change it ...
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Framing a knee wall in front of a 1/2 height foundation wall with windows

I have a light basement with 3'6" foundation walls with windows framed above. The finished height of the window sill is 5" above the concrete sill. I want to frame a knee wall in front of the ...
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Basement framing around finished window

I'm framing my basement using steel studs. I have this sliding window on the window well (see picture) that already has a finished framing all around and is flush with the concrete wall. How do I ...
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Should I level my basement floor if installing a subfloor?

I'd like to install a subfloor in my basement including that dimple stuff to allow moisture to dissipate. Currently, it has sheetrock walls and trim with painted concrete flooring, but that's it. A ...
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Sewage pump sounds like running dry

We have a sewage pump in our basement. We didn’t install it but inherited it with the purchase of the house. I believe the basement was updated in 2014 with a bathroom, hence the sewage pump. The last ...
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May I block off all windows in a mostly below-ground basement?

I have read Is it necessary to put a special egress window in a basement bedroom if there's already a window above ground. My situation is similar but different. My basement has a furnace, a ...
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How should I insulate basement walls and floor after water mitigation?

I've an unfinished 1k sq ft basement in Chicago with 10 inch cement foundation walls. I'll be creating a family room, bedrooms, bath, etc. I have water coming thru the floor--so Im adding drain tile ...
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Repair basement stud walls after french drain

I had a french drain / water management system in my basement to deal with leaky walls, and as part of the installation the contractor had to cut in around my foundation. To give themselves room to ...
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Replacing 2-prong outlets in basement - existing wiring has two hot wires, one neutral?

I'm replacing the two-pronged outlets in my basement with 3-pronged grounded outlets in the United States (Illinois). All the wiring is in metal conduit with metal conduit boxes, which are grounded ...
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How to extend ductwork a few feet due to soffit

I built a soffit around my ductwork in the basement. There was originally air vents coming out of the ductwork to heat/cool the basement. However, with the addition of the soffit, the vents are now ...
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Is it normal to have flooding in basement after radon mitigation system installed?

I have been experiencing flooding in my basement. I think the water is coming from the pipe installed in slab for radon mitigation. I don't believe the basement was flooding before (I just closed on ...
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Foundation flooding caused by new septic line

We've been living in our house for 10 years, and a few years after moving in our sewer line began backing up every 6 months or so. Each time, we'd have to pay a plumber to come in a "roto root" or ...
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Safety concerns and precautions in setting up a workshop/studio in the utility room

I am considering setting up a workspace/studio in my utility room in the basement, which has a hot water tank and two furnaces. Here are the warnings on those units. Hot water tank: Furnaces: I ...
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Dark (damp) spots on concrete basement floor

I live mid-block (houses on both sides), in a 1906 city row house with brick basement walls and a cement floor. We never have water in the basement. We have dark spots that get lighter and darker but ...
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Interior Wall French Windows

Does anybody know where I could find, reasonable priced, french windows that I can use in an interior wall for my finished basement? (Toronto area). That means both sides would look the same. No ...
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Two Egress Windows, One Window Well

I am intending to cut out two egress windows in the side of my house. Instead of digging 2 holes, I was hoping to dig one and cut both egress windows within the same well. The well will be built with ...
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Does Homeowner's Insurance Typically Cover A Broken Well?

My well is horizontally fed through a wall in my foundation. It recently rained a lot and I believe the pipe that feeds my well has been cracked. I had to cut the power to my well pump in order to ...
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How to run 10/2 THHN outdoor wire in finished basement along ceiling?

I need a 220v (intermittent load will be 14 A max) single phase outlet about 30 feet from my distribution panel in my finished basement. The distribution panel is outside on the first floor. I do not ...
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Should bottom wall plates in a basement be treated lumber?

Question for those who are well versed in framing and then maybe some code as well. I got into a discussion the other day between a couple other trades, they were suggesting I was wasting my time ...
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Keep and patch, or replace white rigid foam during basement remodel?

I'm removing old wood paneling and drywall which is glued to (what appears to be regular Styrofoam) foam board, which is glued to a cinder block basement wall. The goal is to add more insulation (2x4 ...
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Basement drain backing up - weird plumbing

My basement drain started backing up and after giving it a good look things look odd and I'm wondering how exactly things are set up. Below is a link to a diagram I tried to make and I'll try to ...
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What's the best way to keep humidity down in crawl space?

I have a nominally dry crawl space that is around 22' square and about 4' tall with a concrete floor. It has no indication of leaks and is dry, but too moist during the hot Maryland summers to keep ...
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Why is there a large walled off space in the middle of my basement?

I just moved in a couple months back and noticed that this wall was a lot thicker than expected, lots of unaccounted for space. I was honestly expecting to find a body in there :P glad I didn't! ...
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Replacing rotted out window sill in basement block wall

Long story short - the previous owner hired a crackhead to pave over the dirt driveway. The guy ended up raising the grade beyond the basement window sills on one corner of the house, and here's what ...
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Would an opening to the outside help me dry out a basement?

I had a hot tub problem which resulted in huge amounts of water gushing out into the yard. This happened a couple of times. (Hot tub repair company from hell.) The hot tub is situated a few feet ...
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How can I prevent water from running off a patio to my foundation?

My house has an abandoned concrete patio at ground level. Previous owner built a 12'x 12' wood deck 14" above the concrete patio. I have rain water getting in my basement where the concrete deck ...
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Installing outlet receptacle in unfinished basement furnace/water heater room

Recently bought a house with a furnace/water heater utility room in the basement surrounded by a bedroom and playroom space. We just had a water filtration system put in this room that requires a plug....
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I want to make sure the basement bathroom is plumbed correctly

Going to tap into the sewer line in the basement for a new 3/4 bathroom. Can I run a 4" branch to the toilet and have two 2" wye connections for the shower and vanity? Below shows the sewer location. ...
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Constant humming noise in house

I'm looking for ideas on what might cause the very deep hum I hear in my house when it's quiet. It's been present 24/7 for many years. When I'm alone in the house and nothing is turned on it's ...
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Window Manufacturer - Anyone recognize this window?

I am trying to find the manufacturer of this window or anyone that sells it. I'm in the northeast (NY). It's set in a poured concrete foundation. The glass only has "strips" on either side (which ...
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How can I determine if moisture in a basement is due to condenstation vs intrusion through walls?

I have a 1902 house built upon a limestone foundation, and I am interesting in finishing a portion of the basement to build a home office. Before I build anything though, I want to make sure I do it ...
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How to best cover corrugated plastic along basement wall without affecting the catching of wall water?

We recently had the drain tile replaced in our basement. We are in the process of putting in vinyl planks in the unfinished portion, and have these black plastic correlated pieces lining the walls. ...