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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Basement remodeling cost [closed]

I am currently hiring for a ~550 sqft basement (semi-finished) remodeling job. We are planning on adding drywall, insulation, redoing our suspended ceiling, adding a bathroom and a designated laundry ...
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AFCI breakers in a Main Panel installed and tripping immediately with neutral pigtail connected

Finishing my basement and had some help with our electrical install. I'm located in NJ btw, being that we installed new branched circuits (about 18 outlets and 16 LED lights), I had to use 3 breakers....
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Framing basement bathroom: original builder didn't account for wall wrap when laying bathroom drains?

Context: I am looking to finish my basement, mostly DIY. The original builder installed what I understand to be a "wall wrap" on all exterior cement walls. This looks like ~1.5" of ...
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Do I need to replace this eneven stair skirts to level it?

I am starting to work on the stairs that lead to my basement, I noticed that the right side skirt board is unevenly installed. It sticks out 1.4 inches in the beginning and then slowly packed inside, ...
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Finishing Concrete basement floors

Alright! This is a 4 part question! I live in a new build in Ottawa Ontario and would like to finish my basement. Basement is below grade, and the house has been up for 6 months. 1 )I'm planning on ...
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Hydro isolation for foundation cut out (edge, not face)?

I live in Europe with a house constructed out of perforated bricks. I have sub grade basement windows. Our home inspector pointed out that the foundation edges exposed by the window channel need hydro ...
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Interior french drain with 3" footing

My basement (built 1945) has been taking on water seepage via the cold joint between the wall and floor slabs. This has been fairly steady for the last month due to a very high water table . I've ...
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Help Identifying Basement Rough-ins

I am working through the layout of the framing for my basement and would appreciate some help identifying the rough-ins. I do not plan on putting a shower in the basement, only a powder room as my ...
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what are the safety requirements for scraping old drylock?

One basement wall is in pretty good shape, just going to wet and lightly scrape before painting with new Drylok. Other walls are pretty bad, flaking and such. I have 3M 8210 n95 masks, is that ...
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Foundation dimple mat with fabric or without?

It seems there are two main product types for house foundation dimple boards with fundamentally different approaches. A naked hdpe sheet where the dimple peaks are installed facing wall. Hydrostatic ...
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Ejector pump instead of sump pump in basement

I need both groundwater drainage as well as laundry room sewage pump in basement. Should they be separate pumps (asump pit with pump and 40 liter sewage ejector reservoir with pump) or could ground ...
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fireproof corner in basement?

My hillside house's outside walls are made of fireproof rastra and there is an occasional possibility of wildfire in the area. There is a crawlspace with dirt floor. We would like to build under the ...
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Minimum unfinished basement door height

I have a 1927 house that is built on a hill such that the basement walks out level with side yard and the sub-basement originally had a door that walked out the back yard with two steps down to ground ...
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Finishing basement - run electrical to stud wall below steel I beam

I am finishing my basement and I need to run electrical for 2 outlets, 2 wall sconces lights, and a dual gang switch box, and the wall is the 2x4 wall for my stairs, that is also below a steel I beam. ...
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Crystalline waterproofing instead of a moisture barrier for basement

A room in my basement sometimes gets some water in through the basement wall and through the footing-wall joint. All the contractors who have looked at it propose a moisture barrier on the inside of ...
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How to stop moisture/condensation in basement?

I have a dirt floor basement, more like a mud basement I should say. My copper has a lot of condensation, my duct systems and sometimes even my panel box which really concerns me. The ducts and ...
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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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