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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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How can I reuse lumber from the basement walls of my 1938 home?

I'm capable and ambitious but inexperienced. If the solution to my question is obvious, I probably didn't find the answer because I didn't know the right terminology to Google the question! In my ...
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Basement foundation bowing inward and cracks

Foundation Walls are bowing inward in basement and big cracks and step cracks should I leave my house ? Is it safe ?
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Can PVC Conduit be Used on an Unfinished Basement Wall?

I'm interested in installing outlets on my basement wall, and I saw that PVC conduit is available. Is this acceptable to use PVC conduit on unfinished basement walls?
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Should I frame out my foundation walls before or after I install the subfloor?

I'm about to start on finishing our basement and I'm going to put down a subfloor of DMX AG along with 5/8" T&G OSB. Should I frame out my perimeter foundation walls before the subfloor or after? ...
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Does Chicago building code allow open ceiling joists in a finished basement? [on hold]

I'm finishing the basement of a triplex condo in Chicago (townhouse style with a shared entry/common space with one unit). The developer didn't consider a future finished basement when it was it was ...
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When does a splitting floor joist become a problem?

We recently moved to the US Northeast and bought a 6 year old, two level plus basement house. I've been finishing the basement and have noticed several floor joists are splitting. I come from a ...
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Basement Bathroom Venting

I purchased a home where the previous owner ran the plumbing for a basement bathroom. Installed is an ejector pit, two 2" pvc pipes, one 1 1/2" pvc pipe and one 3" toliet flange. My questions are 1) ...
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Anchor drywall edge to ceiling next to a wall running along joist?

I am working on a wall that will separate the main basement area from the storage area (with a door). This new wall will run along the above floor joist which removes the possibility for drywall ...
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How should I insulate my partially finished, currently uninsulated basement?

I am in Alabama, climate zone 3. Half of my basement is finished, well at least it has a dropped ceiling, wood panel walls, an air supply and return, but no insulation. There is an uninsulated ...
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Basement egress question

I'm considering remodeling one side of my basement, adding a new bedroom. I've been researching egress codes and it's not entirely clear to to me if my basement meets the egress code now, or if it ...
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Insulation basement (Rigid Foam). What to do in the unfinished area

I'm planning to finish my basement. Most of it will be finished but there will be some areas that are unfinished for storage. I'm planning to use rigid foam insulation and seal it up. What should I ...
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What is this construction material under my drywall?

I'm trying to understand the construction of a wall in my basement in order to determine how best to attach French cleat hangers to it. The studs I have been able to find with my stud finder have ...
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Do you run a conduit under or over concrete wrap in the basement?

My basement concrete wall is covered with a concrete wrap and is anchored to the wall. The walls are unfinished. If you want to add an outlet down the wall to a workbench, do you run the conduit ...
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Self leveling showing popped bubbles and small chunks

I did self leveling concrete in my basement as below But some spots showing small holes, potentially from popped bubbles And some have little pieces like chunks not mixed well I plan to install ...
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Basement water table (?) weirdness

So I have a situation that's puzzling me that hopefully someone smarter than I can answer: We recently purchased a house and inherited a "5 gallon lowes bucket shoved into a hole with gravel" sump ...
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Framing around existing walk out door in basement

I am getting ready to frame out my basement and I cannot figure out what to do with this existing door. If I frame around it like a traditional door, what do I use to bridge the gap between my framing ...
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Cut XPS and Spray Can Foam or Spray Foam Kit for Rim Joists?

I am looking into two methods of insulating my rim joist space in the basement on a house in Zone 5. I realize that spray foam kits are the cat's meow in air sealing and possibly ease of use - but ...
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What to do with baseboard for this basement with concrete box?

This is in my basement and I plan to install wood flooring. But this is what in the bottom of the wall: It is like a box 2x2. Previously I had baseboard on top of the concrete box running along the ...
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Drilling into cinder block foundation

My house has a block foundation and water issues, I have a company coming soon to install a perimeter drainage system w/ sump pump and he said he's going to install a mill sheet vapor barrier about 4" ...
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Drain plug or nut in basement hidden in drywall

I have two houses that have different drain plug / nut design in the basement. House 1 has the plug all the way inside drywall like this: Do I suppose to drywall over and hide it? Or do I install ...
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Furring small basement closet

As part of our basement renovation, we need to fur the walls of the small (currently 28"x40") water shut-off closet. The closet nook is being closed in with a door. We have already insulated the ...
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What's the nail size for attaching 2x3 furring to joists?

I am installing 2x3 furring strips(16 oc) to joists in basement for hanging 5/8 drywall. Should I be using 10d or 12d or 16d nails? I guess 16d may be overkill. The joist are 4x10s with 48 inch oc. I ...
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Ceiling drywall for basement with 48 inch oc joists

we are remodeling basement by replacing drop ceiling with drywall. The floor above is supported by 16 ft 4x6 beams at 48 inch oc. I see the below 2 options. Any inputs will help. Run a 48 inch(2x6) ...
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access to backflow preventer assembly

My backflow preventer assembly access is in my basement and its right below the proposed vanity space in our proposed basement bathroom.(we have planned a 48 inch vanity , but if i cut down to a 36 ...
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Replace basement window with vertical trim on top of siding

Here is the outside look of my basement window. Do I remove the entire vertical trim and pop the window from the outside? What else should I expect to remove? If I install double pane glass window, ...
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Convert drop ceiling to drywall but with plumbing access

My basement bathroom has drop ceiling currently and it's rather a large area with all plumbing there (from top 2 bathroom): It is almost 3x5 feet area. If I cover most with drywall and have access ...
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Can I drill into basement concrete wall to hang a mirror?

My basement is unfinished and I have a large concrete wall. Can (should) I drill some small holes in the concrete to hold up a mirror or two? Are there any serious downsides to drilling into the wall ...
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How to frame up to basement exterior door

We have a basement exterior door flush with concrete foundation. The front of our bottom plate is about 9 inches away from foundation due to plumbing pipes. We do not want to move the door. We are ...
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Open ceiling duct in finished basement

Moved into a new house that was only used as a summer home and had a portion of the basement finished. They tapped into existing duct work from my HVAC system to run into the finished area but bc it's ...
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Is this rat slab as useless as it seems?

One half of the area under a small house is not quite tall enough for a 5'4" person to stand up in. This main cellar has a wafer-thin rat slab with no gravel underneath. The other half is a crawl ...
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Considerations for improving a cellar floor

I can think of several ways of improving a cellar floor surface. Before I outline them, here's a description of the situation: The house was built in approximately 1900. When I looked at it in May, ...
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Im making a room in the basement and have a problem with framing

There is a room in my mother-in-law's basement which was partially framed a long time ago and I was wanting to finish it. The problem is there is an exterior wall which sticks out and then back in and ...
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Is this a termite? What bug has been eating my wood?

Replacing some drywall revealed something has been destroying the wood behind it. While removing things to see more, I saw 3 of these kind of bugs. I originally thought carpenter ants were the cause ...
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Patching hole in cellar floor when water seeps up from ground

I had two holes in the poured concrete floor of my cellar. I was planning to fill both holes. So far I have only filled one because I ran into a problem with the other one. How I filled the first ...
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Possible downsides of plugging up small hole in foundation?

I have found two small holes in the foundation, near the floor, in the cellar. Water trickles in through these two holes. I am thinking of plugging them up with spray foam. Are there any possible ...
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Basement room + concrete foundation + drywall + moisture question

Basement + concrete foundation + drywall / moisture question: just got drywall glued to a small portion of concrete foundation in an unfinished basement room: Should I have contractor remove these ...
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how to use wireless switches with manual ones

I have a 4 way circuit and want to move one of the 3 way switches down the hallway no access to ceiling wanting to use a wireless switch can this be done and what would I use?
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My basement wall is adjacent to a filled foundation. Is there any point in insulating?

I was planning on putting foam board insulation on my basement walls before finishing. Then I realized that on the other side of the wall isn’t earth, but a poured foundation for my covered porch. ...
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Concerned About Possible Lead Paint in Basement of Old Home

We live in a house that is approx 100 years old. I believe we have lead paint in our house on the basement walls (we have not tested is but it is my assumption). There are areas where the paint is ...
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Basement Floor Finishing

We are now in the 2nd year of our new home (new construction) and are looking to finish the basement. We plan on laying wood laminate floors down but want to make sure we do it right. When the floor ...
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Minimum Concrete Thickness Over PVC After Rough-In

I just has some plumbing roughed in for my basement. The plumber did an okay job but for some reason routed the drain pipe for the sink under the area where my shower will go. This would't normally be ...
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Which is better - epoxy or polyurethane to fix the hairline cracks on the basement wall that is leaking?

Which is better - epoxy or polyurethane to fix the hairline cracks on the basement wall that is leaking? Thank you for your help in advance.
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Avoiding mold after machine backup

My washing machine just backed up (drain pipe is clogged). Fortunately I was home and just bought a shopvac last weekend, but a lot of water got out. Also fortunately this is an unfinished basement, ...
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Insulating basement - foam walls or pour floor first?

Basement is unfinished, 100 year old house. Basement floor is dirt and various crumbling sections of old concrete. Walls are rubble and cement and above grade brick. I'm planning on leveling the ...
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Should I be concerned about rust on a post in my basement?

How long do support posts last? Any reason to be concerned with rust on them? Seem to be working fine.
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Floor Joist Cracked

Crack along floor Joist in crawl space. Another similar on the same joist further down. Major issue or simple fix? Suggestions?
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Crawl space water

We have had 3 straight days of rain and I noticed a small amount of water seeping under scrawl space wall. My space has a vapor barrier and is in decent shape. I did notice the finder blocks on frame ...
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Safer Diatomaceous Earth, safe to sleep in home with it?

I Just Bought the safer brand of diatomaceous earth, which is not the food grade version i believe. Im trying to use it to get rid of centipedes in the house i just moved into. This seems to be the ...
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How should I insulate and block moisture inside rim joists where foamboard doens't fit?

My question is around the use of foamboards in finished basements to serve as a vapor retarder and to reduce condensation. I've already fastened foam boards against all the concrete walls, taping the ...
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Least invasive way to find foundation footings under basement slab?

For a 100-year-old brick house (two-flat) in Chicago, I'd like to find my foundation footings so that I can plan in-floor heating. What's the least invasive way to do so? I'm imagining drilling ...