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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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 ...
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Generator Manual Transfer Switch

When I moved into my house I noticed an electrical box with two switches on it that connected to thermal safety switch for my hot water heater and heater for the house (forced hot water). I have ...
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Are smart meters really dangerous?

It has been announced that we will be getting smart meters installed in our city by our electrical utility (in the US) later this year (2018). A bank of 23 analog electrical meters now sits about ...
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How do I turn builder rough-in plumbing into a basement bathroom? [closed]

Our house is nearly complete and I am planning our next steps. We have plumbing rough-in pipes for a basement bathroom, and to save some money I am planning on doing the bathroom myself over the next ...
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Basement Insulation with waterproofing plastic present

I have a 14 foot basement which is waterproofed. It has a french drain and a heavy duty white plastic covering the entire outside wall. I have half of the basement finished. My question is how do I ...
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Is my drain vent clogged?

Water is coming out of our what I assume is a stink pipe. We live within city limits. This is located in our basement. City says we have no exterior clean out. We plan on calling to have this pipe ...
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Are furring strips over insulation in concrete basement strong enough to hold some shelves and a tv?

I plan to mount a 55" TV to my basement's wall with some floating shelves on both sides. Looking at pictures from my house's construction, I can see that furring strips were nailed over the ...
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Adjust a recessed telepost/steel column

I need to lower a bit the teleposts in my house. I have no issues with the procedure per se, but I have issues with access. In particular, I have this situation: Besides the cable, the main issues ...
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Can I add four new ducts to my HVAC trunk line?

I am finishing my basement and need some insight from someone who understand HVAC design. I would like to know if my main trunk line (the 34' one in the diagram) can handle another four 6" ducts off ...
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How / Should I insulate my Basement Walls

I’m finishing my basement and thought about insulating the walls. Picture of my basement attached. The house is about 22 years old. Poured in place concrete walls, no history of water. I started ...
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Drain is starting to back up in basement

I have an old house from the 60's. I have lived here for almost two years now. No flooding issues, previous owner had no flooding issues and my inspector said there were no signs of previous flooding. ...
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Hear water running in basement pipe near sump pump

I recently bought a house and have found clear standing water in back yard and can hear water running in basement but nothing is turned on in the house . I am on a well and have septic. The ...
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Should I remove cold cellar wall insulation below grade to allow ground heat to warm the space in winter?

My house in southern Ontario, Canada, has a cold cellar under the front porch. The house also has a sump pump, located in the cold cellar. The builder insulated the perimeter basement walls, ...
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is it safe to remove soil from basement footing?

I'm planning to renovate my basement so that I can use it as additional storage room and access for internal stairs. My basement is half concrete and half soil covered. I'd like convert the soil area ...
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Can I easily add a drain for my basement laundry? [closed]

We just bought a house. The basement has a receptacle for an electric dryer, and taps for hot and cold water, but no drain for a washer. Would this be an easy fix? Don't know why they would have hot ...
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Need help with attaching wood to cinder block

Ive been researching and toiling over this as opposed to actually getting it done for too long, finally had to turn to a forum! I purchased a relatively old house (1957) some time ago and we've ...
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Safely/cheaply covering fiberglass insulation in unfinished basement

The title covers the gist of it. The details: We bought a new construction house in Central Illinois. The basement is mostly finished with a family room, bedroom and bath, but there is an ...
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Need drain for water heater pressure relief and HVAC condensation

I'm refinishing my basement and I don't want to place a drain in the floor. But I need a place for the HVAC condensation to drain to, and a place for the water heater pressure relief to drain to. ...
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Can I replace round ducts with rectangular ducts in a basement renovation?

I'm renovating my basement and the big round 7" ducts that cross under the ceiling joists are in the way. I'd like to convert them to 3.25" by 12" flat rectangular ducts, so that the ceiling can be ...
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Joists extended by tecos

I recently purchased a house and have noticed the floors seem to sag in certain spots. I notice in the basement that there are several sections where the joists were cut and then extended via tecos to ...
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Looking for the least expensive way to level Basement floor

How can I level my basement floor, which has a 2-3inch dip in the middle?
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Can I run a kitchen sink drain 19' through a hollow stud wall with seven 90-degree turns?

I am adding a kitchen sink to a basement and want to run the sink drain through a hollow stud wall to reach the existing soil stack. My concern is it is 17' away and requires seven 90-degree elbows. ...
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Efflorescence in crawl space

My house has a daylight basement along with some areas that is finished crawl space. Basically instead of dirt there is slab in the crawl space. I bought the house a few months ago and the crawl space ...
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How to frame and insulate a “cold” room

I'm renovating my whole basement but I'm starting with the "cold" room as I'll be moving some mechanicals in there. The cold room is one of those old storage rooms people used to use as a pantry/...
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Mold in basement

I recently bought a condo and noticed that there was what appears to be a dark colored mold growing on this gypsum board that is bolted to the cement foundation in my basement. On the top of the ...