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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 ...
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Do outside faucets need to be winterized in a home with a conditioned crawlspace?

Pretty simple question, but conditioned crawlspaces seem new enough that I couldn't find anything about it on Google. Does the warmth from the crawlspace make winterizing the faucets unnecessary? ...
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Can I use the 6x6 beam in our crawlspace as a “running board” for electric cable?

A portion of our house sits on unfinished 36" crawl space. I need to run some electrical cable (NM/Romex, 14/2) through the middle of the crawl space, perpendicular to the joists. I could drill holes ...
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should I catch mice first before fix a broken crawlspace vent cover?

Find one mesh of the crawlspace vent cover is broken. Also, home inspection found some clue of rodent. I guess if I just fix the vent cover, the mice could die in the crawlspace. And before they die,...
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why the crawlspace vent is closed?

I just move to a home and noticed the previous owner closed quite a few crawlspace vent. It seems to be intentional. I am wondering why he choose to close most of the vents and leave some of them ...
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Construction defect in basement slab under stairs in crawl space-how do I fix this issue

"The winter is coming" , so I started bringing in the items that are not supposed to stay outside during the cold season. Today I removed some materials that where sitting in the crawl space under the ...
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Crawlspace vent to garage usage?

I'm aware that my exterior crawlspace vents are to be opened when it goes over 70F outside and closed when it goes below 40F. However, what's the protocol for the crawlspace vent that goes into the ...
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Damp Crawl Space

My house is located in Missouri, currently I have a vented crawl space with a dirt floor. My home was built in 1998. I put a humidity tester in the crawl space and it reads anywhere from 75%-88% ...
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Combatting moisture in crawl space after venting window is sprayed with insulation?

I had a crawl space (top left) in my house which had a 12"x6" venting window. There is a room above the crawl space, so I decided to spray the walls of the space with closed-cell foam insulation which ...
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After 6mil vapor barrier in crawl space, moister gathering between insulation and flooring

Living in the Charlotte, NC area, and have had problems with moisture under the house. Last year, I lined the floor of the crawl space (ranges from 4.5' to 2' high) with 6mil plastic. I'd say 90% of ...
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Is moisture a concern with solid hardwood flooring over a crawl space?

I recently purchased around 600 sq feet of 3 1/4 inch solid hickory from Bruce, which I'm installing over a crawl space. I put down a 6 mil vapor barrier in the crawl space. I'm measuring the ...
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Geotextile Filter for French drain woven or non-woven?

I'm getting to the point of buying the material for my French drain, which is suppose to go at the foundation of my house's crawlspace. Now the question, I couldn't find a definite answer to...the ...
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How to frame a floor in an unfinished crawl space?

I've got a "crawl space" (really an unfinished space) under the main floor in a 2-story-with-basement house. I'd like to build essentially a deck frame and cover it in 3/4" plywood so that we can ...
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Sinking concrete pier: Better to not attach new post to pier?

Background Part of my tri-level house is supported by a crawlspace. The crawlspace has 3 rows of six 4x6 posts sitting on concrete piers. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the bottom of three of ...
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what is the right drainage system around a floating crawlspace foundation?

4 years ago I bought a house in a town on the Canadian border of MN. What I didn't realized was...the property is sloping and my neighbor filled his property up so it's half a foot higher than mine. ...
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How to prevent moisture problems in newly-sealed crawlspace from the 1800's

I'm renovating a Virginia home from the mid-1800's. The house is balloon frame construction, sitting on top of maybe four layers of brick, sitting directly on top of the dirt. In the past, the ...
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water in some corners of cement crawlspace

I have a large crawlspace. I have seen water in two corners of the crawlspace. Not standing water or anything, just dampness... just enough water that I know there is water getting in. It's not just ...
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Adding more floor joists in a crawlspace. Originals are 5' OC and need more support

I just bought a 1956 ranch house in Portland, OR and am facing an issue. I've gutted the bathroom for a remodel and it's down to the studs. There was a bit of water damage to the subfloor around the ...
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Replacing a crawl space with concrete slab

I have a 1970 rental house that is prone to flooding the crawlspace approximately 1 week a year. To clarify, the whole section of land, yard, and streets are under a foot or more of water, due to ...
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What's the best way to insulate a floor over a crawl space?

I have a crawl space that is roughly 50 square feet in space. The previous home owners installed a piece of plastic sheeting on the crawl space dirt floor. The floor above the crawl space is extremely ...
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Running cable through vapor barrier

I have a manufactured home (2001 vintage) sitting on a crawlspace. (I.e. it has mortared cinderblocks around it rather than skirting.) The home has a vapor barrier attached to the underside between it ...
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What could cause a “smelly sock” smell seeping into our living room from the crawlspace? [closed]

Our living room floor is wooden so there is a gap between the footings and the floor. In late fall, we get a horrible smell in that room. It smells like smelly socks but worse. I thought it was ...
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How to seal HVAC ducts running through old window to addition?

My house has a small addition that was added by the previous owners. They ran the HVAC ducts through an old window and some of the block: The rectangular section in the window should be easy enough ...
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Proper method to seal a heated crawl space

I have a heated crawlspace with a dirt floor. There are no vents, it is fully connected to the house, and currently has a pool liner and vapour barrier stretched over it, but it is not sealed. There ...
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Want to build a trap door in the guest bedroom for easier furnace access

I own an 80 year old house. The furnace is located about 40 feet from the crawl space access through some very tight fits. Changing the filter is a very uncomfortable 30 minutes. What do I have to ...
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What is the downside to installing faced fiberglass insulation in a dirt floor crawlspace vs non-faced?

I have a vapor barrier on the dirt floor already. The insulation will go in the floor joists above, paper side down.
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What are my options to fix cold and drafty floors over a vented crawl space?

I have a 1950s bungalow that sits on a crawl space. The crawl space is vented and has moisture problems (which I should/will fix, but that's not the main point of this question). R19 insulation is ...
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Super-Insulating a Crawlspace

I am getting ready to have a contractor insulate my crawlspace. The exterior facing walls of my crawlspace are about 2" above grade, with the remaining 2 ft 6 in - 2 ft 10 in below grade. One of the ...
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Can I have two storeys in a 16 foot space?

I'm in the process of closing on a house that has an unusually large crawlspace underneath the structure. The house is built on a relatively steep hillside and the frame of the house extends to the ...
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Moving dirt in crawlspace in house with daylight basement?

Our house has a walk out basement (daylight basement). In the basement, there is one corner of the house, approximately 312 sqft that has an access door. Inside of that, there is a level portion of ...
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How do I cleanly install speaker wire in a mobile home?

I have a decent amount of experience with all sorts of wiring in houses and offices. However all of my experience relates to buildings which have attics or dropped ceilings. I now am installing ...
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Suggestions/advice on vapor barrier product to use?

In the basement of my house (built in 1900) in NE Ohio...Half of the basement floor is finished, the other half is dirt floor covered by a few inches of crushed stone gravel. I had a mold issue, so ...
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Minor Crawlspace Excavation: Need permits/structural engineer?

Background: First house, built in the late 60s, bought in October 2014. Original house has crawlspace with combination cinder/concrete foundation. Master bedroom is an addition to the house with a ...
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How should holes in a crawlspace liner be fixed?

I had a company encapsulate my crawlspace with 20 mil liner. The liner installed has 3 dime size holes as well as a 4-5 inch gash they covered with tape. They now would like to cover the holes with ...
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How do I repair my Crawlspace Door?

I have a crawl-space door that is starting to look rather beat-up. I would rather repair the door rather then replace it as it has thick foam insulation on the other side. What can I do to fix the ...
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Is it normal to notice underneath the plastic barrier in crawlspace drops of water?

A radon barrier was placed using 6mil polyethylene sheets and sealed with silicon in at the seams. However, I do notice in certain spots a couple of drops of water underneath the sheet. Is this okay? ...
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How to eliminate water in crawlspace

I would like to install 4" perforated drain pipe along the footer on the inside of a crawlspace. The bottom of the footer is at the height of the existing crawlspace floor. Should I lay the pipe along ...
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What could be the source of dirt in attic

I've had occasion to get up in the attic of my (new, to me) house recently. There is what appears to be dirt all over everything up there, with actual accumulation in places. This is a 2-story ...
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How should I seal and insulate a crawlspace to mitigate radon and allow for storage in the space?

Background: I recently bought a house built in 1996. It has a 1480sq ft (approx) living area, which is the same as the crawl space size. The location is in the Kansas City metro area. The yard is ...
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Can I use a vapor barrier paint instead of polyethylene sheets to encapsulate my crawlspace?

I was looking into "encapsulating" my crawlspace by some manner or other. From what I can tell the way to do this involves (primary) some thick poly (.15 or more) along the the soil and up the walls....
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Properly insulating crawl space

Currently my crawl space has no insulation. The previous owner put gravel on the ground. I was told by my home inspector that I would save some money on energy costs. However, I'm not sure what's ...
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Can I cover the vent leading to my crawlspace?

I am renting a house that has no central air, instead we have to use window units. There is evidence that the house used to have a gas heater, and there is a 2 foot by 3 foot hole in the floor leading ...
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How can I insulate a combo basement/crawspace?

I live in Louisville, Kentucky, so we have relatively cold winters (nighttime lows consistently below freezing) and relatively hot, humid summers (daytime highs consistently in the muggy 90s). My ...
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How can I strengthen the floor above a crawl space in pier and beam construction?

what are the steps to strengthen pier and beam (sometimes called post and beam) foundation? i will be installing a 3-5 ton Rocket heated cob bench mass heater in a rambler home in the living room ...
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Dealing with inaccessible carcass under pier and beam house

We recently had 3 days of rain which were accompanied by a terrible odor. After confirming that it wasn't a sewage problem, I've determined that something took advantage of my recent siding work to ...