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Installing Vapour Barrier in Crawlspace with Water Heater

I'm installing a vapour barrier over the dirt floor in my crawlspace. There is a water heater already installed and I'm wondering if it's a good idea to tape the vapour barrier directly to the bottom ...
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Dampness under kitchen sink causing repeated mold and mildew problem, but no obvious leak

In the house I am currently renting there is a problem with mold and/or mildew under the kitchen sink. The mold is growing some on the bottom under the actual sink, but mostly on the walls under the ...
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Best way to cover vapor barrier in crawl space for storage purpose

I just put in a 20 mil vapor barrier over a 300 sqft crawl space. I'm considering covering that to prevent any tearing while using this space for large-item storage with a relatively cheap flooring ...
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What type of crawlspace setup do I have?

New home owner here - I’m working on sealing the furnace ducts that run through our crawlspace. Previous owner used silver duct tape and not the proper mastic or UL approves aluminum tape. Long story ...
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Crawlspace Insulation Upside Down Replacement

I have an upcoming project and would appreciate any input. My crawlspace in Maryland had insulation installed upside down (face paper towards ground) and is now rotted/mildewed/falling from the ...
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Powering Subpanel from CSED via Feed-Through Lugs

I'm wiring my house and would like some feedback on the sizing and routing of conductors between the exterior service entrance and an interior subpanel. On the outside, I have installed a combination ...
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Black gas pipe in unconditioned crawlspace?

My GC used black cast iron gas pipe to connect from the PGE riser to the interior of the house. He wrapped the pipe from the riser, down into the ground, and up 10" above the ground where the pipe ...
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Are these studs supporting the stairs?

Planning on building a cupboard under the stairs i was going to leave this section but the plasterboard was damp (Prob from cats water bowl spilling or something). So i thought i may as well make use ...
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Remove Foundation Concrete Block

We are having HVAC ductwork installed in our crawlspace and one of the companies mentioned they do not remove foundation concrete blocks due to liability. Unfortunately, for us to have registers in ...
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Exceptions for support when fishing crawlspace wiring

After having cut a hole in the wall to peek into the crawlspace, it seem rather feasible to relocate our 3-prong dryer receptacle to a new location by running new 4-wire cable all the way back to the ...
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Tree stump in crawlspace surrounded by boards and covered in concrete?

I had a home inspection done today and the inspector told me this was a first: In the crawlspace there was a large box filled with concrete. It looks like this: Image source The builder was there ...
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Wires run through foundation vent screen

I need to replace the foundation vents in the house I recently bought. Unfortunately, AT&T, Time Warner, and others have run wires through one of the screens. I can't easily detach the wires to ...
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In a crawl space how do i secure electric cables?

In a crawl space, can I staple the electric 12/2 cable to the floor joist?
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Sealing Off Gravity Pipe from Crawl Space

I currently have a 6" clay pipe for eliminating water from my crawlspace. The pipe exits my crawlspace about a foot from a corner wall, travels 15', and opens to air in a ditch (for now). It is ...
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Insulation for pex pipe in ventilated crawlspace?

I have pex pipes installed in my crawl space at the bottom of TJI's on top of the bottom cord. There is batt insulation install inside of the joists but the edge and seams leave gaps for air to get to....
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How do do sump pump installation with trenching

Given the estimates i have been provided, I am going to try to do it myself. Here is what i came up with as the step by step method Dig a trench (4”x6”) along foundation. Dig a 24” sump pit for ...
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How far from the foundation and how deep should a French drain be?

My wife and I bought a house recently but sadley the rainy season has come and I noticed a bad smell coming from the crawlspace I went under neath and found standing water about a inch deep running ...
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Ideas for covering vents to stop pests getting in?

We have a crawl space under our house and the wire mesh covering the vents is shredded. I want to keep the animals out and would like some ideas on the best way to do it. I was planning to replace ...
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advice on sealing crawlspace vents to outside air

My house was built in 1950, and in my crawlspace, I have vents covered with mesh wire that circulate air to the outside. I've been reading online that its now best practice to seal the vents in the ...
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Does wire run in conduit in a crawl space need to be rated for moisture?

Quick question for all the electricians out there. I'm in the states and looking to make a couple new electrical runs for the outside of my house. The runs will be done inside my crawl space inside ...
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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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dig out and finish my crawl space into a basement

I have a house with a continuous concrete stem wall, and a sill plate seismically bolted to the foundation. It's on a hillside, and the north (downslope) is post and pier (not continuous). There are ...
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Bathroom exhaust vent into crawlspace

It is acceptable to vent a bathroom exhaust fan into a crawlspace? The crawlspace in question is uninsulated, has a dirt floor, and varies in height between 5' and 7'. The vent would enter roughly in ...
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Crawl space insulation

I have an older home with a cement floor crawl space. It is a cold air space and I would like to insulate and heat the area going forward. The cement floor is in good condition and is mostly covered ...
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Retrofit Foundation Posts/Beams

Bought a new (old) place and our inspector pointed out beams/posts that need framing/structural straps in the crawlspace. Ballpark estimate I got from a foundation contractor (site unseen) was a $3,...
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Necessary to insulate the ceiling of a conditioned crawlspace

I have a new home that does not have insulation in the crawlspace ceilings (the floors throughout the home are above the crawlspace). Is it necessary to insulate the ceiling to prevent heat loss in ...
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Vapor barrier above a frequently wet crawlspace?

How can I create a vapor barrier between my home and its crawlspace which frequently has standing rain water that must evaporate and drain? Some first floor rooms have smelled damp for years. I am ...
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How do I support a deck-style floor in crawlspace?

This question is kind of a follow-up to the one asked here: how-should-i-add-flooring-in-my-crawl-space. My crawlspace is exactly as the one described. Basically my house is on a slope and have a ...
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Furnace cold air return serving up crawlspace air

My house has a partial basement and a crawlspace. The forced air furnace is in the basement, and ducts run through the crawlspace to distribute air to the house. In the summer, when we don't use the ...
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How good of a vapor barrier is OSB in a dirt crawlspace?

Some background - I bought my current house in the middle of a drought in 2007, and knew nothing of vapor barriers. The house has a nice, albeit uneven crawlspace, that is walkable for about half ...
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Repair/replace foundation vents in wooden siding?

The vents into my crawlspace are cut into the wooden siding and I'm not what the correct way to repair/replace them is. All of the examples and products I've seen show the vents in the concrete wall ...
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How to eliminate odor from crawl space

I'm trying to eliminate damp odor originating from a crawl space. Here's the situation: Half of the house has a basement. The other half is a crawl space accessible from the basement through an ...
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Sealing crawl space vents in Pacific Northwest?

I just had a perimeter drain and sump pump installed in our crawlspace because it flooded frequently and severely during the rainy seasons. Before, I was under the impression that leaving the ...
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Installing door on crawlspace access

I'd like to install a door on the crawlspace entrance in our basement. One problem I'm running into is the radon remediation pipe is bracketed to one of the walls. Any ideas on how to frame this out? ...
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Moving access to crawl space

I have a small crawl space (8' wide) under the porch of my 1920s home. The door (2' wide) is currently near/next to the house. We would like to move the door to be away from the house so we can put an ...
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Dry out some wet dirt in crawl space

We had a leak in a bathroom. Some of the water got under the house. Soaked up roughly 5 gallons of water from on top of the plastic sheeting as well as under it. Now we have wet dirt, moist plastic ...
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Moisture on crawlspace dirt/clay floor

Our house has a damp/musty smell to it when you first enter. Once you open a window/door the smell usually dissipates. In May (Chicago-land) the humidity in the house is about 30% upstairs and 40% in ...
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What is this rocky area in my crawl space wall?

We see a water line coming down from a strange, rocky section in our crawl space wall. I will dig down to the foundation outside the house and repair/fill any cracks externally, but am wondering: why ...
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Pouring concrete for an under porch crawl space

There is a crawl space under my uncovered front porch. The walls seems to be a mixture of cinder block and brick. The crawlspace "ceiling" is a cement slab and the floor is dirt. The floor right now ...
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Unfinished basement is open to vented crawlspace, what should we do to finish?

We're looking at the potential to finish our basement out, but I'm not sure what all needs to be done with our setup first. Basically, we have a basement under half of our house, the other half is a ...
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Sump pump size and reliabilty for crawlspace

Still trying to sort out the different advice from crawlspace drainage vendors. The least expensive fellow insists a single 1/3 HP pump pumps out plenty of volume, and that only a single pump is ...
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Is a conventional interior drain tile system likely to silt up over time?

Three companies have proposed the same solution, more or less, to address pretty bad flooding in our crawlspace: Dig a trench around the interior perimeter and install a perforated pipe that leads to ...
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What are some ways of controlling moisture in the crawlspace?

I live in Los Angeles. I have a vented crawlspace. The vents are about 6" x 15" or so. I have about one every 6' or so along the walls of the house. The floor of the crawlspace is dirt. I ...
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How can I prevent interior French Drain from further eroding soil under garage slab?

I have a home with a block wall foundation and adjacent garage (built on a slab) on the left side facing the house. The house sits on a grade with right side to left side drop of 3/4" to 1" per foot. ...
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Adjustable steel column is raised too high - can I lower it? [closed]

Refer to image: The red beam you see overhead in the picture (which runs perpendicular to the other beam) is directly underneath a hump which runs from the bathroom, into the hallway, and into the ...
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Properly Attach Cabling To Joists

I am running cabling through my crawlspace roughly 40 feet. I have the holes drilled, and am leaving about 25 feet extra looped off for contingency. I am planning to attach the cabling to the joists ...
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Does Age of Home need to be considered when encapsulating crawl space?

I have had my crawl space encapsulated. It has made a big difference in the air quality inside the home (80 years old). However, I am now seeing cracks throughout my home in the walls closer to the ...
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Stackable washer/dryer covering crawlspace access point

Background 1940s home has a stackable washer/dryer combo unit installed over the crawl space access door. I want to replace the unit with a new combo such that: The crawl space door is readily ...
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Inaccessible crawl space

I'm in the process of buying a home. I had it inspected by a home inspector and a termite guy. They found that the part of the crawl space under the kitchen was too low to the ground to access. They ...
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DIY Crawl Space Drainage and Encapsulation

Our house is in western Washington and during the winter we get a lot water in the crawl space. I'd like to tackle installing a drainage system – probably with a sump pump – and then encapsulate the ...