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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 ...
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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 ...