Questions tagged [foundation]

The base on which a house or other structure is built or installed, connecting the structure and transferring its load to the ground. Questions using this tag should include additional tags to identify the type or material of the foundation.

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What are these wooden diagonal braces for my foundation?

They look really old so I'm assuming they may have been left when the house was built. The foundation "looks" fine but I am slightly concerned.
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Foundation defect?

I have very basic knowledge about house construction so I want to run this by you all for your opinion. I signed a contract for a new house build and the house foundation and framing is complete. I ...
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Can stucco below ground level ever work?

We have a masonry company who is working on our foundation. They seem to be advocating stucco that goes below ground and think it fine if it made water proof. However, the internet has sites like the ...
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Does a high latex content improve crack resistance in paint?

My wife an I want to paint the walls and ceiling of a small apartment in a faraway country and are, like many, confused in choosing between using acrylic and "latex" (which I seem to ...
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How to seal a foundation wall hole 7' feet deep around a 2" pipe in a cold heavy snow climate [duplicate]

Our foundation has a 2" hole for the water main / well pipe which is about 7' below the ground outside. During spring thaw when there is several feet of snow melting, the ground gets saturated, ...
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How should I fill a 3" gap between patio and home exterior

I recently had my house re-sided from stucco to a much thinner Hardie Board. There is now a 3" gap between the foundation and patio. Both for considerations of water proofing and my spotty ...
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Alternative methods to control water leakage at pipe pass-through in concrete wall?

Preface The proper way to seal any kind of water leakage in a concrete wall is from the outside. That is not always practical, as in this case. This question is about alternatives to solve the ...
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Two different recommendations given for waterproofing basement. Does the (far) more expensive method add value?

Sorry no pictures as this is not a personal project but instead a question about two different recommendations I was given by contractors when I asked them for estimates. The house is about a hundred ...
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Is it a problem that my foundation wrap has been pulled down due to settling?

Recently moved into a house around 10 years or so of age. I noticed that some areas of the foundation wrap is tearing off from the plugs/nails at the top. Is this a cause for concern and need to be ...
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Cracks in Basement Floor

We are in the process of buying a home and most of the homes we see have cracks on the floors in the unfinished part of the basements. We are worried about buying a home that is not structurally sound ...
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How can I protect my foundation when removing old retaining walls and regrading?

I have this old and crumbling tiered stone wall in the back of my property. My deck sits on top the wall. There is a covered porch next to the deck, that’s built on top of block walls (not part of the ...
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How to run electrical wire in concrete under the tile

I'm running 6 feet of electrical wire from the wall to kitchen island and going to do it this way: make a trench around 1 inch in depth put 1/2 inch flexible conduit there cover conduit with about 1/...
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Can Sump pump basin depth cause damage

I have a dirt basement and replaced a bug-box sump in 5 gallon bucket setup, with a 1/3 HP submersible iron pump. The new basin is about three feet deep - I drilled some holes in it, and added garden ...
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Will cutting a trench affect structural integrity of the foundation

I am renovating my kitchen and putting in an island, by the code an island must have an outlet. I will have to put a trench into my concrete slab foundation to make it happen. (To run the electrical). ...
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Door sticks and drywall cracks, ledger board not level?

I noticed some drywall cracking in the corner above the door frame on both sides of the door and that door is unable to fully close, a few weeks ago all was fine, crack was there but door could close ...
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Looking for guidance with leaky foundation

I bought a house which needs a tonne of work. I am looking for some guidance of how best to fix and repair leaks as well as clean up and seal the basement in the house. For some reason there is a hole ...
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How to lift the corner of a heavy stove with a bottle jack

So I have a very heavy stove that I need to lift one corner of (to slip back in a floor protector disc that slipped out) and it's too heavy for one person to budge. I think it's 350 lbs. I have a ...
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Laying tile on a floor with foundation settlement

I want to lay tile on the whole 1st floor(concrete). Due to foundation settlement my floor has 1 inch elevation variance from one side to another(but no sharp dips or bumps). Should I use the highest ...
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Would insurance cover water damage due to an improperly installed deck?

My house is an 80 year-old 3-story with a partially finished cinder block basement. I've owned it for about 10 years, and it came with a pair of french doors that opened from the dining room onto a ...
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Support for enlarged opening for new doors

I’m considering enlarging an entry door (to the outside) from a single door to double doors (rough opening basically enlarged from 35” to 70”). It’s a two story brick house on field stone foundation (...
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The best way to fix a deteriorating foundation?

I've got a corner of my foundation that is crumbling. I tried concrete vinyl patching but it only lasted few years and got worse. Here is what I used before: I am not sure what else to use, other ...
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How to fix out of level foundation walls

I am building a detached two car garage and just had the footings, foundation walls, and slab/apron poured. After the walls were poured, I thought that everything was hunky dory as the contractor ...
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Rebar cutter and bender's and the relative grade range of steel

I'm comparing two budget rebar bender and cutter products (Crescent or HIT Tools), not sure the grade of steel Crescent is able to handle other than "soft or mild steel", HIT mentions up to ...
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Should I have thicker areas of foundation under posts?

I am building a structure with large frame timbers. The structure rests on 16 8x8 posts. There will be a foundation with a perimeter footer, but I want to know if the posts on the interior of the ...
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Layered with crushed stone for concrete slab, but heavy rain came

We just got done compacting dirt, filling with 3/4" crushed stones and compacted it again ready to pour concrete. However, extremely heavy rain came. These guys are telling me they really just ...
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What concrete type should I use for a pizza oven base slab?

I am building a pizza oven and kitchen area in my garden. I am trying to work out if there is a specific type of concrete I need. My question is only about the concrete slab (the foundation). The slab ...
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How to prepare the ground before laying concrete

I am building a pizza oven and kitchen area in my garden. I am trying to work out how to lay a 2m*2m concrete slab. My calculation for the weight (that the concrete slab needs to support) are Dense ...
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Garage foundation and leakage in the floor

I found out that there was leak in my garage. And the wood is Rotten around that area and mold is growing. I started looking for any reason removed soil from outside and found out that break is broken ...
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Do cracks in a brick wall signify a serious problem?

Just the general Home question related the foundation. I am hoping to see your opinions and comments. Location : North Texas House year : 2018 Background : Bidding for this house. Only three years old,...
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Radon Levels Remain Elevated

I recently purchased a home. During the inspection there was measured radon levels of 6.3 PiC/L. After having a professionally installed radon mitigation system, an electronic sensor indicates an ...
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T connection of two Beams To Support 2nd Floor - Post or No Post?

Context: We are building plans for an extension to our home, on three levels. We're working with a technologist and will be getting an engineer since they have to stamp any plans. We want to have a ...
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Basement Floor Feels Uneven

I recently purchased a home with a full finished basement. The home was built in 1988. No foundation or structural concerns were noted during the home inspection. There is carpet in the basement. The ...
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Foundation issue - tell me how worried I need to be

I have noticeable movement and cracks in some of the walls in my home. This has been ongoing for a few years and seems to be getting slowly worse. The 1st photo shows the most severe and obvious ...
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Black stains and discoloration on outer foundation wall of a house - water damage?

The outside foundation wall of this house has visible black stains and discoloration. The house is a bungalow built around 1970. No way to tell what the inside of the foundation looks like (covered ...
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Removal of the cardboard pier footing forms in the crawlspace - how to do it?

Home inspector put this in the report: ========================= Recommend removal of the cardboard pier footing forms in the crawlspace. Cardboard is a wood biproduct and its contact with the soil ...
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Have you used a core drill on a foundation wall?

I'm looking to use a 4" core drill on a poured concrete foundation wall. The hole will be about 2" or so down from the top of the wall. The rental place has a handheld core drill with a ...
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Garage on the 2nd floor of a 3 story townhome on a hill-slope

I was looking at a 3-story 2000's townhome in a good community built on a hill - The top 2 stories are both open on all sides, with the bottom one under road level and closed off on one side. ...
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What are our options for a base under a raised garden bed?

In the backyard we currently have a small patio and a lot of lawn. We also have a toolshed, which seems to be sinking into the earth because there's no real foundation underneath it. We want to invest ...
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Venting Dryer to Outside Through Foundation Wall OR Vent?

I'm relocating and replacing the ducting to vent my electric dryer that is located in the middle of my home. I'm using 4" galvanized duct, I've installed a Dryer Box on the back (2x6) wall of my ...
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50's poured foundation without exterior form?

I had a couple basement contractors out to look at putting in an egress window. One of them said he expected it to be harder than normal on my house, because builders in my area in the 50s didn't use ...
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Basement Wall with Stucco/Concrete that needs to be removed

Just bought a 1960 house with unfinished portion of a basement that has had previous water intrusion and the crack has been injected. There are a few lingering cracks I want to deal with. Wall has ...
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How to repair a bulged exterior door threshold?

A newly installed door has become very sticky at the bottom. Inspection shows the bottom portion of frame is bulging up. My guess is that the wood used to prop up the door threshold has swollen due to ...
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Large vertical crack at end of concrete block wall

I'm thinking of putting an offer in on this house. It is 40 years old and a lake front property (Kentucky). This picture is from the basement and you can see a large vertical crack at the end of a ...
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Crack in concrete slab of house - what best to fix it with?

I have had different people suggest bondcrete, polyurethane, silicone and various layered combinations thereof, as well as epoxy, concrete caulk and mortar. In addition, on this stack site a search ...
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Water dripping into foundation where geolock wall anchor rod enters basement

I've recently purchased my first home (raised ranch) and had 8 geolock wall anchors installed all along the back wall of the house. This was done in hopes of correcting a slight inward bow in the ...
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Cracks in my brick

I posted before that I have interior cracks in my house. Nail pops all over the house. And now I checked outside of my house I found cracks in the brick on the same side of the house. House build in ...
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Can a foundation be reused after fire damage?

This might be slightly off topic here, but I thought I'd ask. I had a friend of a friend lose his home during these devastating fires in Oregon and California. I am trying to help out and was ...
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Expanding bedroom on to Patio. Foundation Questions

I am considering extending the first floor bedroom on the corner of the house out on to the uncovered portion of the patio. The Patio does not have a footing and is 3-4 inches below the house slab. ...
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What's the best way to deal with the floor of a shed with water infiltration?

I have an old carriage house on my property, probably over a century old, which sits on what is now the lowest part of my property. As a result, water runs back into it along the driveway (which also ...
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Dry walls nail pops and wall cracks in ceiling doors and windows

I bought a house that was built in 1948 and moved in 3 month ago. Now I notice nails popping from all the walls around my house and new cracks around all windows and doors. I noticed walls joints are ...

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