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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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Insulation in basement with plaster walls

I’m looking to finish my basement. I have a 1940’s cape cod with a poured concrete basement. The basement walls have a fairly thick layer of plaster to them, very rough looking. It’s and in good ...
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Building a basement at or below water level?

Is there a method for building a basement that would be at or slightly below water level? We have a home that is built roughly 50 feet from a creek that's generally dry during spring and summer ...
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What Condition Can Concrete Be In And Be Recycled?

I have a basement slab that I'm going to be breaking up and sending to a recycler. Here's what I would like to avoid: The concrete being rejected at the site of recycling The concrete causing some ...
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Leveling sloped basement floor

We want to finish our (currently unfinished) 800 sqft basement. The current floor is concrete, in good condition, but slopes substantially toward a drain near the middle of the floor. I'd guess the ...
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What is the best type of paint for a basement floor?

I need to paint a basement floor that will see rugged use. What type of paint is appropriate for that? Or is maybe paint the wrong thing altogether and I should use a bake on plastic or something like ...
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Installing in-wall speakers in an exterior basement wall

I've been debating installing in-wall speakers on an exterior basement wall for a home cinema, and I see problems with every solution. Naive approach Cut out a section down to the concrete and ...
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Sealing basement wall crack from outside

I have a hairline crack radiating from a corner of a window in the basement. This crack weeps water during very heavy rains. I have sealed the crack with urethane injection (Sika Crack Injection Kit), ...
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Framing a non-load bearing basement wall - are plates required to be a single piece?

Are either top or bottom plates required to be 1 continuous piece of lumber? If it's not required, what is the best way to attach the separate sections; a lapping piece over the top of the joint?
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How to determine the location of the clogged spot in floor drain using a powered drain auger, and auger tip suggestion?

I have a basement floor drain that clogs and backs up a bit (but do slowly drain all the water). I used a powered auger attempting to clear it but without total success (it drains better but not as ...
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Able to / good way to cover / handle cleanout in the floor

I am trying to install vinyl plank flooring in my basement and the cleanout is right in the middle of the floor unfortunately. Am I able to cover it and/or is there a good way to handle putting the ...
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Drywall ceiling in basement of multi family dwelling required by IBC

In a multi family dwelling is a drywall ceiling required by IBC in basement area below living area? 5/8 X? Property has 9 dwelling units in Baltimore City which uses IBC latest updates 2017. Area of ...
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What are the best options for rock, for french drains?

I'm installing a sump pump and a bit of drain, in a clay soil basement that happens to have a spring. It is silty fine clay that has a habit of migrating with water and clogging everything. What are ...
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Do I need a subfloor or a Dricore subfloor panels on concrete (basement) for ceramic tile?

I'm trying to do the most intelligent, yet cost efficient method to tiling by concrete basement floor. On some sites, it states to use a subfloor, with the underlayment. Others it states to just ...
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Romex cable tidying in basement

Old house, crazy town in the basement in regards to wiring. I'd like to clean it up a little, at least visually - happy to get contractor out if needed - but not sure what to ask for. So what would be ...
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Do I need to add a ground conductor when replacing a wall light fixture?

I have a new wall light that has 2 wires negative and positive but no ground the fixture screws directly to the wall and mot into a box do i need to add a ground wire to the fixture
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Substitute for Pressure-Treated 2x3

I'm trying to replace a few sections of rotted bottom plate in my basement. I want to use pressure-treated lumber as it will be in contact with the concrete on 2 sides (and it still occasionally gets ...
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Removing Column Footings

I'm working on a basement renovation, and behind the wall I found the steel columns which I expected, but rather than sitting on the concrete slab like the other exposed one, there is a concrete ...
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Jumper cables for power inverter?

I just recently got a 1200 watt power inverter as a temporary backup for my 1/3 horsepower sump pump. The sump pump is rated 8 amps at 105 volts so I believe the max power it uses is 960 watts. I used ...
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How do I safely bleach basement cabinets?

My basement has built-in cabinets and posts that are stained a dark brown and I want to lighten them - ideally something closer to white oak. I researched online and found that a chlorine bleach is ...
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Vertical float switch for tethered float sump pump?

I have a sump pump in my basement that has a tethered float switch. The sump is not deep enough for the switch to turn on so I have to go down there and turn it on manually every time it rains hard. ...
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Mounting TV on Thick Drywall + 1" Stud + Concrete blocks

I am trying to mount my 55" TV to the wall in our basement. It is an old (~1930) semi-detached house and I am a mounting it to the shared wall. As best as I can figure out, we have 1.5" drywall ...
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Do I need a Vapor Barrier In My Basement Walls

I am finishing my basement and am Wondering if I need to put a poly vapor barrier on the walls? My basement walls are foundation block with 1" Dow shiny foam board over them. 2x4 studs against the ...
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Basement Flooding suddenly. It looks like I have a French drain. Why is it still flooding?

I recently bought a house and for the first month+, there was absolutely no water in the basement. All of a sudden one day, I go downstairs and there are puddles! I look and see that the water is ...
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Mystery: Water vanished from flooded basement with no floor drain

I live on a century old home whose unfinished basement got flooded this week. We had heavy rainfall which overwhelmed the city's storm sewer. At a certain point there were about two inches of water ...
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When finishing a basement should the ceiling or floor be completed first?

I am finishing my basement of a new built home. The builder has already insulated and dry walled the walls. I am ready to move forward on the project, but should the basement bathroom framing and ...
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Chimney cleanout full of water. Basement leaking

My basement takes on water from time to time. Usually during/after rain, and sometimes snow. It's a slow trickle, but it can last for days. It appears to be coming through the wall, right under the ...
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Extra vents required for Direct-vent furnace?

I am finishing my basement and enclosing my furnace and tankless water heater in an unfinished utility room. Both the furnace and tankless water heater are direct-vent systems pulling air from the ...
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basement framing with metal Studs Best way to fasten them to the floor

I'm planning on framing my basement with metal stud (2-1/2" x 10' 25-Gauge Drywall Interior Metal Stud). I have XPS foam 2" attached directly to the concrete wall. I plan to leave a 1/2"-1" air gap ...
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Large rock obstructing addition

I potentially have the problem of building an addition to a house where the bedrock comes up alongside the house. So, basically there is a large rock formation obstructing the construction of the ...
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Hanging a punching bag in the basement

I have hung a punching bag weighing about 100 pounds in my unfinished basement. I just want to make sure that the setup would not harm my basement in any way. The boards are 2*6 lumber The screws I ...
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Sump pump battery backup

I currently have a sump pump in my basement. I recently lost power during a rain storm and had to pump water out by hand until power was restored so I am looking to install a battery backup for the ...
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Leveling out a basement floor

So I am in the process of finishing out my basement. I am going to start by first building my office, and later doing the rest of the basement. My basement is divided in half, and I have the typical ...
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How do I go about installing a subpanel on wood paneling that's mounted to a concrete wall?

I've been reading, researching, watching, and preparing to install a sub-panel (which I'll be having a licensed electrician inspect and sign off on before going live) and I think I know how to go ...
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Unidentified pipe and smelly water trickling under slab into basement floor drain

Our house is in Toronto, Canada and was built in the late 1960's. We have lived here 5 years and currently rent out the basement suite. A few days ago, our tenants complained of a sewer smell ...
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Should I frame energy walls inside sill plates that extend inside the foundation?

So...I'm getting ready to finish our basement, and I noticed that the pressure treated sill plate (I assume that's what it's called) overhangs the foundation by about 2-2.5". Should I just put my ...
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Drywall extended out from studs?

I moved into a house I’m renting a few months back. I’m allowed to drill holes in the walls so long as I cover them before I move out... So I’ve marked the studs, I drill, and there’s nothing behind ...
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plastic vapor barrier on basement ceiling - is it optional?

I have a finished basement where the builder added a plastic vapor barrier between the fiberglass insulation and a suspended ceiling. It is stapled to the joists. The problem is the vapor barrier ...
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Cracks in Walk-out Basement Slab

I just built a home with a walk-out basement. The floors in the basement are not covered with flooring yet. Superior walls were put up 1st. The cement was poured late May 2017 as 1 slab and it's ...
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Converting basement shower to bathtub

New homeowner here starting his diy life, I have a gross basement shower I'd like to make into a more normal bathroom experience for guests (the rest of the basement is nicely finished). I'd like to ...
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Trouble with diy wiring in basement room with afci and ceiling fan

So... I as a self/ Google taught electrician have wired in a room I have made in my basement with the following issues. The ceiling fan trips the afci breaker every time. It is fine with a normal ...
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How to fix old un-suppported basement wall in house that has had added basement?

I have an older house (circa 1919) that was built without a basement (just a crawl space). About 1965 a basement was added. Along one of the old concrete foundation walls there is a 7 foot section ...
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What amount of moisture is acceptable in a mostly dry concrete basement?

My basement is generally very dry but I want to know how much moisture is too much, to better prioritize when I need to reduce it. The basement is mostly concrete floors and walls with exposed wood ...
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Leveling options for bumpy basement floor

I have a 125 year old townhouse with a large (700 sq ft) basement. We had waterproofing done (vapor barrier, perimeter drains, sump pumps) last year that dried everything out and made the space usable....
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Basement cinder block looks damp after rain storms

We built a new house last year and it was completed in June. Ever since we’ve lived here I notice the basement block walls seem to look damp in areas, especially after a rain storm. I’m certain there ...
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Rules for wiring and conduits on basement ceiling with or without drop ceiling?

We're doing work on a small home with 1 main floor and a basement below that, and during some work (maintenance on plumbing, HVAC ducts, and wiring) we've removed a bunch of the drop ceiling from part ...
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Is a crack in my home's floor slab a concern?

Hose outlet pipe burst because we failed to winterize. This is our first floor/ground floor.Tore out carpeting to dry. Found this big crack in our concrete slab. Question: is this an issue? And if so, ...
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7/8 hole through boxed joists

I would appreciate some help with a problem I'm having. Here's what my layout looks like: I have 2x8 floor joists spaced 16" on center under the main floor of my 2 story home. There's an area with ...
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Septic vented into basement - newly smelly

It appears that the vent for gasses from our septic system, which I've learned through googling normally comes out of the roof, is instead just a 2 inch pipe extending two feet up from where the waste ...
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Can I block large open vent in basement

Fairly new to this house and I have a large open vent in our basement that is letting a lot of cold air in. The diameter is 8-9 inches. The inside duct is connected directly to the outside vent screen ...
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Is my bathroom project prohibited due to a low ceiling height?

We would like to install a half bath in our finished basement in Colorado. The issue that I seem to have is that the ceilings are short at only 73". My understanding is that code requires the ceilings ...