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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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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Cut XPS and Spray Can Foam or Spray Foam Kit for Rim Joists?

I am looking into two methods of insulating my rim joist space in the basement on a house in Zone 5. I realize that spray foam kits are the cat's meow in air sealing and possibly ease of use - but ...
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What to do with baseboard for this basement with concrete box?

This is in my basement and I plan to install wood flooring. But this is what in the bottom of the wall: It is like a box 2x2. Previously I had baseboard on top of the concrete box running along the ...
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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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Drain plug or nut in basement hidden in drywall

I have two houses that have different drain plug / nut design in the basement. House 1 has the plug all the way inside drywall like this: Do I suppose to drywall over and hide it? Or do I install ...
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Furring small basement closet

As part of our basement renovation, we need to fur the walls of the small (currently 28"x40") water shut-off closet. The closet nook is being closed in with a door. We have already insulated the ...
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What's the nail size for attaching 2x3 furring to joists?

I am installing 2x3 furring strips(16 oc) to joists in basement for hanging 5/8 drywall. Should I be using 10d or 12d or 16d nails? I guess 16d may be overkill. The joist are 4x10s with 48 inch oc. I ...
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Ceiling drywall for basement with 48 inch oc joists

we are remodeling basement by replacing drop ceiling with drywall. The floor above is supported by 16 ft 4x6 beams at 48 inch oc. I see the below 2 options. Any inputs will help. Run a 48 inch(2x6) ...
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access to backflow preventer assembly

My backflow preventer assembly access is in my basement and its right below the proposed vanity space in our proposed basement bathroom.(we have planned a 48 inch vanity , but if i cut down to a 36 ...
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Replace basement window with vertical trim on top of siding

Here is the outside look of my basement window. Do I remove the entire vertical trim and pop the window from the outside? What else should I expect to remove? If I install double pane glass window, ...
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Convert drop ceiling to drywall but with plumbing access

My basement bathroom has drop ceiling currently and it's rather a large area with all plumbing there (from top 2 bathroom): It is almost 3x5 feet area. If I cover most with drywall and have access ...
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Can I drill into basement concrete wall to hang a mirror?

My basement is unfinished and I have a large concrete wall. Can (should) I drill some small holes in the concrete to hold up a mirror or two? Are there any serious downsides to drilling into the wall ...
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How to frame up to basement exterior door

We have a basement exterior door flush with concrete foundation. The front of our bottom plate is about 9 inches away from foundation due to plumbing pipes. We do not want to move the door. We are ...
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Open ceiling duct in finished basement

Moved into a new house that was only used as a summer home and had a portion of the basement finished. They tapped into existing duct work from my HVAC system to run into the finished area but bc it's ...
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Is this rat slab as useless as it seems?

One half of the area under a small house is not quite tall enough for a 5'4" person to stand up in. This main cellar has a wafer-thin rat slab with no gravel underneath. The other half is a crawl ...
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Considerations for improving a cellar floor

I can think of several ways of improving a cellar floor surface. Before I outline them, here's a description of the situation: The house was built in approximately 1900. When I looked at it in May, ...
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Im making a room in the basement and have a problem with framing

There is a room in my mother-in-law's basement which was partially framed a long time ago and I was wanting to finish it. The problem is there is an exterior wall which sticks out and then back in and ...
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Is this a termite? What bug has been eating my wood?

Replacing some drywall revealed something has been destroying the wood behind it. While removing things to see more, I saw 3 of these kind of bugs. I originally thought carpenter ants were the cause ...
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Patching hole in cellar floor when water seeps up from ground

I had two holes in the poured concrete floor of my cellar. I was planning to fill both holes. So far I have only filled one because I ran into a problem with the other one. How I filled the first ...
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Possible downsides of plugging up small hole in foundation?

I have found two small holes in the foundation, near the floor, in the cellar. Water trickles in through these two holes. I am thinking of plugging them up with spray foam. Are there any possible ...
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Basement room + concrete foundation + drywall + moisture question

Basement + concrete foundation + drywall / moisture question: just got drywall glued to a small portion of concrete foundation in an unfinished basement room: Should I have contractor remove these ...
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how to use wireless switches with manual ones

I have a 4 way circuit and want to move one of the 3 way switches down the hallway no access to ceiling wanting to use a wireless switch can this be done and what would I use?
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My basement wall is adjacent to a filled foundation. Is there any point in insulating?

I was planning on putting foam board insulation on my basement walls before finishing. Then I realized that on the other side of the wall isn’t earth, but a poured foundation for my covered porch. ...
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Concerned About Possible Lead Paint in Basement of Old Home

We live in a house that is approx 100 years old. I believe we have lead paint in our house on the basement walls (we have not tested is but it is my assumption). There are areas where the paint is ...
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Basement Floor Finishing

We are now in the 2nd year of our new home (new construction) and are looking to finish the basement. We plan on laying wood laminate floors down but want to make sure we do it right. When the floor ...
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Minimum Concrete Thickness Over PVC After Rough-In

I just has some plumbing roughed in for my basement. The plumber did an okay job but for some reason routed the drain pipe for the sink under the area where my shower will go. This would't normally be ...
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Which is better - epoxy or polyurethane to fix the hairline cracks on the basement wall that is leaking?

Which is better - epoxy or polyurethane to fix the hairline cracks on the basement wall that is leaking? Thank you for your help in advance.
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Avoiding mold after machine backup

My washing machine just backed up (drain pipe is clogged). Fortunately I was home and just bought a shopvac last weekend, but a lot of water got out. Also fortunately this is an unfinished basement, ...
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Insulating basement - foam walls or pour floor first?

Basement is unfinished, 100 year old house. Basement floor is dirt and various crumbling sections of old concrete. Walls are rubble and cement and above grade brick. I'm planning on leveling the ...
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Should I be concerned about rust on a post in my basement?

How long do support posts last? Any reason to be concerned with rust on them? Seem to be working fine.
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Floor Joist Cracked

Crack along floor Joist in crawl space. Another similar on the same joist further down. Major issue or simple fix? Suggestions?
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Crawl space water

We have had 3 straight days of rain and I noticed a small amount of water seeping under scrawl space wall. My space has a vapor barrier and is in decent shape. I did notice the finder blocks on frame ...
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Safer Diatomaceous Earth, safe to sleep in home with it?

I Just Bought the safer brand of diatomaceous earth, which is not the food grade version i believe. Im trying to use it to get rid of centipedes in the house i just moved into. This seems to be the ...
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How should I insulate and block moisture inside rim joists where foamboard doens't fit?

My question is around the use of foamboards in finished basements to serve as a vapor retarder and to reduce condensation. I've already fastened foam boards against all the concrete walls, taping the ...
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Least invasive way to find foundation footings under basement slab?

For a 100-year-old brick house (two-flat) in Chicago, I'd like to find my foundation footings so that I can plan in-floor heating. What's the least invasive way to do so? I'm imagining drilling ...
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Sill plate pushing siding off, causing gap for mice and moisture?

Younger home owner here. I've had water get into my basement a few times last spring in the corner and in this area (directly under my little front deck). The corner was due to no downspout (water was ...
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I have R-13 exterior insulation around my foundation. Do I need more inside to finish the basement? [closed]

My home was constructed in 2016 with exterior insulation around the foundation (see image). They also put in this hanging batt fiberglass insulation on the inside of the walls, which seems superfluous....
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How can I support drywall with a steel post on an outside corner?

I have a steel support post right on the corner of a wall, which protrudes on one wall about 1/4". I am getting ready to look at drywall and wondering is there any other option than to build around ...
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Metal basement window frame casement rotted out

We bought a house that was completely remodeled but the metal framing for the basement window was left even though they installed a new window. The rust is beyond repair. Does anyone have experience ...
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how to level out basement cement crack

I plan on laying some vinyl planks onto cement but there are some cracks from leveling in the cement and with the new flooring you can "feel" where the cement barely sticks up at the crack. Wasn't a ...
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Running AC/MC cable in boiler room, do I need additional metal conduit?

I'm planning to run AC cable (or MC, not sure which is better) in my basement to install an outlet near the boiler room. the cable that powers the boiler has sections that are inside of a rigid metal ...
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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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Ceiling sheetrock for basement apartment

My house consists of two units, the main and basement apartment to which the main is not connected indoors. I was planning to put fiberglass insulation between the joists and use ultra light 1/2" ...
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Flooding In New Construction Building

This weekend, water was observed flowing up, through the floor and through other joints, into the building - making a swimming pool we didn't ask for! Some Background We currently have a project ...
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Basement Rough In Decipher

Can someone help me decipher the rough in currently in our basement and identify what is what? What else needs to be done to complete the rough in before finishing the bathroom and starting to frame?
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Water dripping from basement ceiling during heavy rain

I would appreciate direction on investigating this water issue further: I have had water dripping (from ceiling) during heavy rain , along inside wall of basement only on one side of the house. ...
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Insulation for crawl space with framed wall and foundation

I am encapsulating my crawl space, but not sure what to do with walls above the foundation. At least part of this area could have been a basement I guess, but I am needing to deal with this area due ...
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What is this PVC pipe in my basement

I recently purchased a newly built house. It has an unfinished basement. There is a white pvc pipe that comes from the floor. It is about 4 feet tall. Out of it comes a sewer smell. Some days worse ...
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Diagonal brace left in the basement by builder. Can I remove it? Replace it?

I have a diagonal brace running across an interior wall in the basement, and it even goes partially into the floor concrete. Is this meant to be permanent, or was it supposed to be removed during ...
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Replace drop ceiling with drywall and soundproofing

This is my basement ceiling this morning: After a couple of hours, I removed all drop ceiling for entire basement with 1 living room and 2 bedrooms: I would like to install drywall with access ...