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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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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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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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Dark (damp) spots on concrete basement floor

I live mid-block (houses on both sides), in a 1906 city row house with brick basement walls and a cement floor. We never have water in the basement. We have dark spots that get lighter and darker but ...
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Safety concerns and precautions in setting up a workshop/studio in the utility room

I am considering setting up a workspace/studio in my utility room in the basement, which has a hot water tank and two furnaces. Here are the warnings on those units. Hot water tank: Furnaces: I ...
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Keep and patch, or replace white rigid foam during basement remodel?

I'm removing old wood paneling and drywall which is glued to (what appears to be regular Styrofoam) foam board, which is glued to a cinder block basement wall. The goal is to add more insulation (2x4 ...
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Two Egress Windows, One Window Well

I am intending to cut out two egress windows in the side of my house. Instead of digging 2 holes, I was hoping to dig one and cut both egress windows within the same well. The well will be built with ...
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Interior Wall French Windows

Does anybody know where I could find, reasonable priced, french windows that I can use in an interior wall for my finished basement? (Toronto area). That means both sides would look the same. No ...
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French door and sheathing rot [closed]

I'm looking to finish out an unfinished basement space and don't believe I can do it without addressing the issue. The unfinished area is directly below the French doors and under a deck. Because it ...
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How can I properly vent a basement toilet & shower using an AAV?

When we bought our house the plumbing drains for a basement bathroom were roughed in but they did not install any vent lines for them. We have the first floor plumbing draining into the main stack ...
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Does Homeowner's Insurance Typically Cover A Broken Well?

My well is horizontally fed through a wall in my foundation. It recently rained a lot and I believe the pipe that feeds my well has been cracked. I had to cut the power to my well pump in order to ...
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How to run 10/2 THHN outdoor wire in finished basement along ceiling?

I need a 220v (intermittent load will be 14 A max) single phase outlet about 30 feet from my distribution panel in my finished basement. The distribution panel is outside on the first floor. I do not ...
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Installing insulation board in basement to control moisture

I just had a basement waterproofing job done and it is doing an awesome job relieving pressure and keeping the basement flood-free (we just had a very large amount of rain here in central PA and it ...
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What is the easiest solution to add receptacle along an unfinished, exterior, insulated, basement wall?

I need to add a pair of receptacles along an unfinished, insulated, exterior basement wall. I want the easiest method possible. I have no plans to finish the basement. I need each receptacle to be on ...
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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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Are there any risks in removing these steel basement window frames?

I am planning to replacement my basement windows (see this related question) and was planning to remove both the glass and frame. A window vendor advised me not do this claiming that the steel frame ...
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Should bottom wall plates in a basement be treated lumber?

Question for those who are well versed in framing and then maybe some code as well. I got into a discussion the other day between a couple other trades, they were suggesting I was wasting my time ...
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Ramset nails not flush with basement frame wall

I built my first wall in my basement when I started to frame and I bought the Ramset MasterShot 0.22 gun from Home Depot and read up on everything and when I used it to nail my treated 2x4 to the ...
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Constant humming noise in house

I'm looking for ideas on what might cause the very deep hum I hear in my house when it's quiet. It's been present 24/7 for many years. When I'm alone in the house and nothing is turned on it's ...
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Drain clogged by grout

The contractor I hired to tile my basement bathroom dumped a bunch if grout sand down the drain. it is clogged solid now that the plumbers came back to do their water test. we have been trying to get ...
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How to best cover corrugated plastic along basement wall without affecting the catching of wall water?

We recently had the drain tile replaced in our basement. We are in the process of putting in vinyl planks in the unfinished portion, and have these black plastic correlated pieces lining the walls. ...
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What type and rating of insulation should be used in a basement bathroom?

I need to replace the insulation on the back and side of the bathtub. The walls face the exterior of the house (poured foundation). What type and rating should I use? I can't tell what the ...
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Basement drain backing up - weird plumbing

My basement drain started backing up and after giving it a good look things look odd and I'm wondering how exactly things are set up. Below is a link to a diagram I tried to make and I'll try to ...
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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's the best way to keep humidity down in crawl space?

I have a nominally dry crawl space that is around 22' square and about 4' tall with a concrete floor. It has no indication of leaks and is dry, but too moist during the hot Maryland summers to keep ...
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Can I add insulation over the original layer in my new home's basement?

I am looking to finish the basement in my new house that has insulation wrap installed in the basement. The insulation wrap is an R12. After studding the basement can I add additional installation ...
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Create new patio door in basement by cutting concrete

My basement has about 2.5 ft of concrete along the wall. The reason is that the outside is a slope/hill and that 2.5" depth is just dirt. I like to install a patio door to my backyard 60x80 which is a ...
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Replacing rotted out window sill in basement block wall

Long story short - the previous owner hired a crackhead to pave over the dirt driveway. The guy ended up raising the grade beyond the basement window sills on one corner of the house, and here's what ...
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Basement Finishing- rough in plumbing identification

I am currently planning out the framing portion of my project and I am trying to figure out what is what with the rough in plumbing you see in the picture. I don’t have any plumbing experience and ...
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Basement under counter sump pump

The majority of my basement is finished and I am finally getting around to finishing the small kitchen area. When the original work was completed, the plumber set it up for an under counter sump pump....
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What is this pipe in my basement?

I have a lot of water coming into my basement from a line that is next to where my water pump feeds into. It has been raining a lot lately. I found a pipe in the basement that looks like it could be a ...
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Why is there a large walled off space in the middle of my basement?

I just moved in a couple months back and noticed that this wall was a lot thicker than expected, lots of unaccounted for space. I was honestly expecting to find a body in there :P glad I didn't! ...
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self leveling layer with internal French drain

I am planning to pour a layer of self leveling sealant such as levelPro to level out my basement floor and cover / encase some possible problematic vinyl tiles. It's an older house, and I believe it ...
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slab heat pipes and radon reduction

My house has slab heat and the pipes come out of the dirt and go to the heating unit. This is located in my basement and I'm wondering how to seal it to help reduce radon entering the house.
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Plywood over rigid foam over concrete: will I have moisture issues?

Short version: If I install 3" of rigid foam over a poured concrete foundation wall that has been sealed with Xypex, will I have any moisture issues if I install plywood directly over the rigid? ...
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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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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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Basement Subfloor — EPS + Plywood

I am planning to take the 1" EPS + plywood sandwich approach to my basement subfloor (pergo on top). I've read conflicting things around the plywood -- is 1/2" ply sufficient? Do I need to do two ...
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Should a bathtub be installed on a concrete slab or the subfloor that will be installed over the slab?

I am currently finishing my basement and looking to install a bathtub. I have already decided that I will be using a sub-floor in the basement. My question is: Should I place the bathtub directly on ...
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Insulating basement concrete walls - anything missing?

Live in Zone 5b, going to shoot for 2" of XPS DOW foam board. Planning on gluing it to the concrete wall with foam board glue and bracing it while it cures. It will run to either the top edge of ...
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Would an opening to the outside help me dry out a basement?

I had a hot tub problem which resulted in huge amounts of water gushing out into the yard. This happened a couple of times. (Hot tub repair company from hell.) The hot tub is situated a few feet ...
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Installing outlet receptacle in unfinished basement furnace/water heater room

Recently bought a house with a furnace/water heater utility room in the basement surrounded by a bedroom and playroom space. We just had a water filtration system put in this room that requires a plug....
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Reinforcing a Load Bearing Wall

I just finished removing 100 year old plaster/lathe combination over a long load bearing wall in my basement. It revealed quite a bit of termite damage to a load bearing wall and header going across ...
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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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How can I prevent water from running off a patio to my foundation?

My house has an abandoned concrete patio at ground level. Previous owner built a 12'x 12' wood deck 14" above the concrete patio. I have rain water getting in my basement where the concrete deck ...
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Basement floor drain back up, 1/2" snake failed, what next?

The basement floor drain is having backup after the wash cycle from the washer, it doesn't backup from other water usage. I had a plumber came in to power snake with 1/2" tip (and few other tips) ...
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I want to make sure the basement bathroom is plumbed correctly

Going to tap into the sewer line in the basement for a new 3/4 bathroom. Can I run a 4" branch to the toilet and have two 2" wye connections for the shower and vanity? Below shows the sewer location. ...
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Will adding a cool air return in the basement help with summer AC power usage?

Pretty much the title. I have a full basement. Part of it is unfinished and has the water heater, furnace, and washer / dryer. The other part (roughly 1/2 of the total space) is partially finished. It ...
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Window Manufacturer - Anyone recognize this window?

I am trying to find the manufacturer of this window or anyone that sells it. I'm in the northeast (NY). It's set in a poured concrete foundation. The glass only has "strips" on either side (which ...
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How can I determine if moisture in a basement is due to condenstation vs intrusion through walls?

I have a 1902 house built upon a limestone foundation, and I am interesting in finishing a portion of the basement to build a home office. Before I build anything though, I want to make sure I do it ...
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Do I need an egress window in a basement studio apartment with two doors?

I have a small studio apartment I want to rent in my basement. It has two exit doors, and block glass windows. First entry door is about 6 feet to the foot of the stairs (which leads to the main floor ...