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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Using left over pergo boards instead of 2x4 to mount a peg board

I have a set of leftover pergo boards that I want to use as backing for putting up a 8’x4’ peg board. The wall I want to mount them on is concrete. Would pergo boards arranged as in the pic behind ...
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Adding Extra Insulation to Rim Joist

I'm just beginning a basement finishing project, so I expect this is my first of many posts. Right now I'm wondering about whether it would be worthwhile to add insulation to my rim joists. I live in ...
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Can there be too much water for a drain system to move?

My neighbour built a new home and laneway home, completed in 2015. He excavated much much much lower than previous home. Original house had a 3/4 basement in ground,with steps up to front door. Now ...
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How to address the issue of a vertical window that was installed horizontally

I assigned a contractor to install a new window at basement. I bought the window 33x40 and material with the contractor in Home Depot. The contractor cut the wall and installed well. Two days later I ...
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How can I modify this load bearing wall to allow for a French drain?

I have a basement wall made of block/poured concrete, but it's leaking. My plan is to install a French drain to take care of the leaks and prevent flooding. To complicate matters, this wall isn't ...
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What should I use to frame walls inside a concrete structure?

I recently bought a house and it has an unfinished suspended garage (big concrete room with 12’ ceilings in the basement under the garage). The walls, floor, and ceiling are all concrete and there ...
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What should I do about this bowing foundation wall?

I'm currently in the process of buying my first home, and I found a property on the market that was priced significantly less than most homes in the area. The seller's justification for this was a ...
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Divots in concrete from carpet tack

I'm pulling up carpet tack from a concrete basement floor using the techniques in these videos: vid1, vid2... the technique isn't perfect and I'm still getting the small divots here and there. How ...
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Insulating basement that's already framed with electrical run

First, let me own my novice DIY status and say I screwed up. I bought a new house last year in the Indianapolis area and immediately went to work finishing the basement. The builder attached batts of ...
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Installing a fiberglass shower in basement

I have an acrylic preformed shower to install in my basement. There is a rough in drain in a 10x10 cutout. I have two questions. The shower hole for the drain is in the center of the shower so it ...
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Leak from the pipe in the basement that connects to kitchen sink

Everytime kitchen sink water is used it leaks through in the basement (shown in the picture below). I wonder if that can be fixed by applying silicon around or it's something bigger of an issue that ...
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Is this possibly a basement water drainage system?

In our bi-level home we have a sump pump in the attached garage at the north of the house ( the floor in the garage sits about 3 inches below the grade of the rest of the basement ). However, in the ...
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Does plywood over rigid foam meet the fire barrier requirements?

I've seen a lot of discussion about using plywood instead of drywall over rigid foam insulation when finishing basement walls (here and here). As I look to insulate my basement, I have several reasons ...
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Insulating and framing a basement after drain system and plastic vapor barrier installed

We had a moisture problem in our basement located in Minnesota. Recently some foundation water came up and ruined our carpet, when we tore out the drywall there was moisture build up and some mold on ...
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How do you stop basement waterproofing sealant that is coming into the sump pump basin from the foundation drain pipe?

I have a very unique and serious problem on my hands concerning the sump pump in my basement and I am very eager to hear of any suggestions or possible solution(s) as soon as possible. The problem I ...
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Is this sump pump plumbing correct?

We bought our house in 2013. There was a sump pit with a non functioning pump from the day we bought it. The basement was flooded in 2011, which I'm guessing is when the pump stopped working (a ...
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Basement in a mud-brick house near a lake?

For the purpose of the short story that I am writing I have come with an idea of a mud-brick small building (base floor + top floor, just a few rooms), lost somewhere in the north Nigeria. The ...
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How to run conduit from external wall into basement cellar

Context: So I have recently had solar panels installed in a historic home and ran the electrical conduit from my roof down into the existing ingress into the ConEd and electrical panels in the front ...
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Help identifying a walkout door threshold and repair options

The walkout door in my basement has a cracked threshold. I searched again and again on multiple online sites, Home Depot, and Lowes trying to find a make & model similar to mine, but couldn't find ...
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Egress Access through garage

I am looking to finish our basement and add two bedrooms. The basement has one stairway access from the basement to the main level of the home. Additionally, it has another stairway access from the ...
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Installing Basement bathroom exhaust fan in a side wall rather than a ceiling

Can you vent an exhaust fan in a basement bathroom out the sidewall rather than the ceiling? If I vent it through the ceiling I would have to cut through 3 joists to vent my exhaust fan outside and ...
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Does water-proofing have structural benefits in cinder-block foundation?

We have a cinder block foundation in our 1920s home. When we moved in, the basement was somewhat damp with elevated humidity readings. We can see some efflorescence on the foundation walls, but no ...
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Patches on my california basement wall

I'm seeing large patches on my California basement wall. It is a tiny basement that is common in Los Angeles area. The basement is in the middle of the house, so it is quite far from the perimeter. ...
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How to drywall a concrete footing

I am working on a house built in 1960 that has a supporting wall in the basement which is on a concrete footing. I am ready to put up drywall, and am unsure how I should drywall over the footing? ...
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Rigid board installed after framing in Interior Basement Walls - Should I be concerned about trapped moisture?

I am helping my brother-in-law finish his basement. I noticed the framing was done first then the insulation was added after. It looks like rigid foam board was pressed up against the concrete wall ...
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Basement odor like the smell of cat pee

We have a room in our basement about 14 x 20 that We use for a game room for our grandchildren now and then or a storm shelter. No plumbing, no vents, no ducts. On Easter Sunday before the tornado ...
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How can I keep bugs out of a basement?

I can't believe this hasn't been asked before. But with covid-19, I've started working i my previously unused basement. It's half finished, half not. And in the finished rooms I've been noticing on ...
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Should I get a structural engineer to inspect?

The main carrying beam of our recently purchased 105 year old house is slightly rotated and seems to be putting more pressure on one side of the house. There is a vertical crack on both sides of the ...
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Installing drywall in unfinished basement

I have an unfinished basement with concrete walls and soft insulation bolted to it. I’d like to install some drywall to
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Should I avoid running conduit above sewer line exit on basement wall?

The prior owner of our house had an epoxy repair made on the basement wall where the sewer line exits (see images). We've lived here for 20 years and this repair is solid; there have never been any ...
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How should I waterproof/seal a large hole in my basement wall?

There is a small 8"x12" plexiglass window in my basement that I want to seal/waterproof and then cover with soil. On the exterior of the house the window is at the base of a negative slope in the yard,...
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Procedure for waterproofing exterior basement

1960's well has groundwater entering Is channel in basement standard design? What should I be concerned about on this house? There have been no known problems since, but the sump pump hasn't ...
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Insulating basement with interior drainage system

Note that I'ma DIY'er so please go easy on me and please do point on my errors :-) Some time ago I had significant water problems in my basement and had an interior drainage system installed in my ...
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Basement Wall - Proper wall material

I have one unfinished room in my basement which holds the furnace and hot water tank, and I use it as a workshop and gym. I have block foundation and the concrete walls have this foam board mounted to ...
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Reuse aluminum wire for basement Sauna heater

I have existing aluminum wiring, previously used for an electric stove top, that I would like to repurpose for a sauna heater in my basement. The electric stove top is gone. Heater Specs from the ...
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Plumbing Setup for Basement Laundry

I am trying to remove some outdated, and possibly poorly laid out plumbing to create a new setup for a washer/dryer and sink. The current setup has a brass drain line a few feet above the ground and ...
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Cold finished basement

I live in house built in 1968. My basement is partially finished. There is drop in ceiling above and there is no insulation in the ceiling. The floor is covered with some old vinyl tiles which feels ...
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Do I need to use a Sewage/Ejector pump if there's no toilet in the basement?

My home has a sump pit and an ejector pit, but I'm wondering if I can just use sump pumps in both pits. There's is no toilet or shower in the basement, so the only thing that drains into the ejector ...
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Basement Insulation remove or leave

In the planning stages of finishing my basement and had a quick question about insulation. Currently there is foil faced fiberglass insulation on the walls in the basement. After some Research it ...
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Basement framing low pipe ceiling

Cleaned out the basement to start framing walls. 1950s house with a lot of water pipes below the floor joists. The main wall has a pipe about 5 inches away from the wall but runs along the majority ...
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Can Wet and Forget be used in a basement?

Can Wet and Forget (or similar product) be used in an unfinished basement? This style of spray connects to a garden hose and mixes as it is sprayed on affected areas. I am wondering if the additional ...
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Basement water seepage management

My house is built into a slope, with the bottom floor partially underground. See photo 1 - grey wall is a common wall with my neighbor, the white back wall is entirely underground, and the left wall ...
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GFCI on sump pump circuit?

I have a house with sump pumps on two sides. In the rainy season they run about 5% of the time. When one fails, as has happened a couple times, water runs gently across the floor to the other pump; no ...
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How can I determine the source of a basement flood?

My basement flooded recently and I'm trying to determine why. The basement has poured foundation walls and a slab. The slab is non-structural, and was poured after the foundation walls. There is a ...
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Why is there moisture on some parts of my basement slab?

In the mechanical room of a new construction house there is some moisture at the bottom pressure treated plated. When I remove the vapor barrier and the insulation and check up against the concrete ...
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Indoor fuel tank removed - How to eliminate lingering smell

Background: I recently replaced my home heating system (an oil burning furnace) for a modern heat pump (air-water). There is a room in our basement (2.9m x 3.5m, or roughly 10ft x 13ft) where the 10'...
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How shallow can a basement be for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU)

I'm looking to build an ADU with a habitable basement and keep it classified as single story. Single story maximum height is 18' where I live (San Jose, CA). Additionally, basements must have an ...
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Options for in-floor receptacles when finishing concrete basement

I'm in the process of adding a floor to our basement, using the Building Science recommendations (1" of foam insulation covered by 2 layers of 15/32" plywood, covered by some sort of playroom flooring....
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Is it necessary to seal a newly patched basement floor in an old house?

We recently had the basement drain system replaced in our 1930s bungalow. This required removing sections of the concrete floor and filling the parts that were removed with new concrete when the job ...
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How do I clean mold from a leaky ICF foundation?

I have an ICF foundation on my home that water is penetrating. I don't have a sump, and I don't know what kind of drainage is installed. My main concern is my west wall, since it is in the finished ...

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