Questions tagged [basement]

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2 Sinks, one Drain Arm. Slow drain and gurgling

My original basement plumbing had a single arm coming off of the toilet drain/vent to service the bathroom sink. This year, while remodeling, I wanted to add a deep utility sink/wet bar in my laundry ...
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Does this foundation crack require immediate attention?

I am currently looking into buying a house built in the early 60’s and our private inspector noticed this crack in our foundation. The crack is underneath one of the basement windows and appears to ...
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How soon should I see moisture levels improve after grading?

An inspector showed me several spots in my basement where I have excessive moisture levels in the drywall along the exterior walls in the basement, and along parts of the exposed concrete block ...
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Covering/closing a basement drain, any reversible options?

For a new basement-level room, we have the option of installing a drain or not installing a drain. We're not sure yet what we want to do with the space. It makes sense to have a drain installed while ...
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Should I split supply vents between basement and upper floor?

I'm looking at finishing my basement and due to placement of basement stairs, some basement rooms may not be able to have their own supply vent for HVAC. Is it possible or advisable to split or share ...
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How to identify the rough in drain pipes

[I am planning to finish my basement. When I bought the house they said it is roughed in for a full bathroom, but I'm unable to figure out what the drain pipes are. My guess is the right one is for ...
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Where to start first in finishing my basement

First, I have to mention that I have never done any house improvement and I am close to the 50s of my age I bought a house (my first ever) and it has an unfinished basement. I want to finish it by ...
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Water leak on basement ceiling near chimney

I've been seeing water stains on my basement ceiling after heavy rains and not sure what is causing it. I have a stucco house and the chimney is directly off the house where the leaks are appearing. ...
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Are these stapled wires behind my basement ceiling tiles against code?

I've taken some ceiling tiles down in prep for running network cables through the house and found some questionable electrical work. As I understand it these wires probably wouldn't be okay even if ...
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can use 1 5/8 25ga metal studs to hang 5/8 drywall

I came across free 1 5/8 metal studs 25ga. Can I frame out my basement using them and attach 5/8 inch lightweight drywall to them. The ceiling height is from 7-9 feet and some of the walls will end ...
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How do I frame my basement wall to loose the minimum amount of space?

The drywall in the stairs going into my basement align flush with the concrete foundation. I need to frame this wall which will also be where the TV hangs from. Using 2x4s setting a couple inches off ...
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Vapor barrier under cut slab

My basement concrete slab has been cut to add some plumbing. Problem is that it was cut in such a way that there are no existing vapor barrier left to tie new ones into. Attaching photos for better ...
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What is this small (~1" x 2") rectangular hole in my basement?

We have some vinyl tile flooring in our basement and the section that contains the washer/dryer had one of the tiles develop a hole due to some kind of depression underneath. I took the time to cut ...
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Basement Toilet Ejector Pump Shaking/Knocking

In my basement we have a sewage ejector system connected to the basement bathroom plumbing. This was installed by the builder when we purchased a few years ago. A few days ago, about a minute after ...
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Can I vent basement bathroom plumbing through an existing 2" vent?

Can I tie a basement bathroom with 3 fixtures into a 2" existing vent? The vent currently supplies basement sink and washing machine with the upstairs sink and dishwasher. The upstairs also uses ...
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Minimum perimeter clearance within basement utility room

We are remodeling our basement and our water heater / HVAC unit (no fuel, all electric) is awkwardly placed in the middle of the room. We are enclosing those items in a closet space, but would like ...
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How to run wire along 2x3 studs

Doing a basement build, using 2x3 studs for drywalling over wrapped insulation. How do I fasten the nmsc to the studs? I’m not about to drill through these smaller studs because the wood is already ...
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Are these posts inadequate and need to be replaced?

My house is almost 100 years old and the previous owner did some renovations about 15 years ago without permits. I'm concerned the beams in the basement are insufficiently supported. There's a main ...
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Found foundation wrap in the basement. Is it concerning?

Sorry in advance if the question does not make sense or seems to have an obvious response. Fist time buying a house here. We’ve been living in condos since forever. Today we went to see a house (100+ ...
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Is this a serious structural crack in my basement or not?

Hello I recently bought a house a year ago and didn’t really pay attention to much to little things around it. I did get it inspected. A month ago the basement flooded due to a busted sump pump so got ...
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Water entry into basement in tricky area

I have a tricky water problem. Whenever there is heavy rain, water seeps through cracks in the basement wall underneath the basement window in the picture. The plastic cover seems to help a little but ...
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What should I do about condensation on radiant barrier in basement?

I have insulation surrounding the opening of two of my egress windows in the basement. I am noticing a good deal of condensation where this insulation is in contact with the radiant barrier which is ...
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Patching holes in basement concrete floor under old framing

I took out the partition walls in the basement of my 1923 house and the bottom sill plates were set into the concrete. With the wood removed (some of it basically disintegrated) I’ve now got some 1” ...
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Basement flooding from backwater valve pit groundwater... but why now?

We recently purchased a ~20 year old house with no disclosed history of flooding. Over the winter season, we've seen significant rainfall three times. Each storm, we've seen a substantial flood in our ...
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Structural engineer recommends fix

I asked a question a few weeks ago about a diagonal crack in one of our main support beams in our basement. With your advise I ended up have a structural engineer come take a look at it and he ...
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Water coming up from concrete in middle of basement

So after a major snow storm, about 10 inches, two 60 degree days of melting it, and then heavy rain all day the next day I go down to my basement where right in the middle was a giant pool of water ...
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Basement floor crack [duplicate]

I've lived in this house since April 2021. It was built in 1970. I don't know if it's just the lighting, but I never noticed this bump in the floor under the carpet before now. It looks like a crack. ...
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What is this small hole in my concrete basement floor?

I have a hole in the concrete floor of my basement. It's about the size of a quarter and is deeper than a chopstick (I didn't try putting anything deeper in there). I'm including a picture below. I've ...
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When framing stud walls against concrete basement foundation walls, can the frame make direct contact with the moisture barrier?

I am planning to frame a habitable space in my basement. The basement is poured concrete walls with an exterior DMX foundation wrap. There is also a vapor barrier installed under the slab. For the ...
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Can I frame using screws? [duplicate]

I'm looking to build a wall in the basement. Basement exterior walls have concrete ledge so I'm planning to build a wall in front of it to build a straight wall floor to ceiling. I have couple ...
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Are Vinyl floorings designed for High traffic best on Basement concrete?

Have to install Vinyl flooring on my concrete basement. my basement flooring is not 100% flat. I see a lots of 1/8" low spots and some places have 1/4" low spot within 10 feet. I have to ...
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Basement bathroom rough in pipes

Could someone help me identify the pipes for my rough in basement bathroom? Im pretty sure the larger (1) is for the toilet but I’m not sure what the other two are for. Is the large black top (4) for ...
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Can I do ceramic tile directly on concrete?

In our basement bathroom, I'm going to be laying 12x24" ceramic tile. Am I ok to lay the tile directly on the floor with the appropriate thinset or do I need some kind of underlayment/vapor ...
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Would this work for venting a basement toilet?

I am putting a bathroom in my basement, but I am not sure about venting. I know studor vents are a possibility, but I would like to just tie into my existing system if possible. Here is a rough sketch ...
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Can light switches be connected in a series?

I know this works electrically, so it’s more of an NEC question. Can one light switch control power to another? Here’s my use case. My basement (unfinished) consists of 3 rooms. I want the light ...
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Is coating basement walls with water-proof cement a proper method to water-proof your basement?

I'd like to make my basement more livable (i.e. build a bathroom and bedroom down there). It is "finished" but not to a level where someone could live there comfortably. The air is certainly ...
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What is this plumbing part?

My sister-in-law sent us a picture of this. It is in a closet in her finished basement and she isn't sure what it is or what it's connected to, but it is dripping. As a layperson, my only guesses are ...
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Baseboard trim transition from carpet to LVP - Installation height

I am in the home stretch of finishing my basement and I'm ready to start hanging my baseboards this weekend. However, I am uncertain about the best way to handle the height of the baseboards based on ...
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Wet bar builder stubbed out pipes, need help identifying

I'm trying to figure out what pipes belong to what for a wet bar in the basement the builder already stubbed out. I'm confused on to what the 3 pipes are coming out of the 2nd pictures wall? I have ...
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is a concrete slab walkout basement above, below, or on grade? For material use purposes not square footage

I have a walkout basement with 1 long side and 1 shortside above grade... For material usage is this considered above/on grade? since the slab is not really below grade? I need something like: https://...
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Basement wall design

I'm working on finishing my basement with 6 corners. The back wall is solid concrete with 4 corners (the garage is above one section). There is no moisture, and I plan on keeping it fresh with the two ...
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DMX with Expansive Soils

I live in Colorado and have to deal with expansive soil caused by bentonite. Our basement slab is intentionally designed to float with the expansive soil and I have personally observed shifts in the ...
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How can I deal with condensation on the vapor barrier in my basement energy walls?

Climate Zone 5A (Eastern Nebraska) I’m needing guidance on properly insulating basement walls that already have 6 mil poly fastened to the wall as part of a basement perimeter drain system. I recently ...
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Protect or re-route electric cabling crossing main beam in unfinished basement?

I am doing some work in the basement of my 100 year old house to improve usability and reduce heating bills. In the process, I'm going to remove some abandoned wiring, and clean up some of the work ...
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Two by fours embedded in basement concrete slab used for framing... including a load bearing wall. Should I be concerned?

So there's some long ass backstory - sorry for the wall of text! I figured better too much detail than too little tho. We recently bought a house in Vancouver, WA (climate zone 8b), a custom job ...
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What is the best way to vent the plumbing for a 1 sink/1 toilet bathroom in the basement?

I am currently finishing my basement, and we plan on putting in a small bathroom. When it comes to venting, I wasn't sure if I needed to run a pipe from the basement, up through the 1st floor wall, ...
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Remodeling basement: water, heating and drain pipes running in parallel?

The piping in our basement is arranged in a way that it is incompatible with our remodeling plans - and the drain pipe also looks quite shoddy, so it needs to go anyway. Also, due to a furnace upgrade,...
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How do I add doorway under stairscase storage?

I'm looking to add storage under the staircase in our basement, but the wall looks to be load-bearing. I'm planning to use two 2x10's (or 2x12 if there's room) with 1/2" plywood sandwiched ...
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Is this rust on my lally column safe to sand and seal?

first time poster here. I’m in the process of finishing my basement and have reached rough framing near my only steel lally column. I’ve noticed rust in the past but just took a good look and am ...
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How do I meet the 7 foot ceiling requirements in my basement when the bottom of my joists are only 81 inches above the floor (3 inches too much)?

As mentioned, local codes state that the ceiling has to be a minimum of 7 feet above the floor (or 84 inches) in at least 50% of each habitable room. My basement ceilings are only 81 inches tall from ...
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