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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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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Blocking foundation vent bricks

We recently bought a house in the UK built on 1936. The house has been refurbished and extended a few times over the years. With the cold and moist weather outside, the first thing we noticed was a ...
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How serious are these cracks in drywall and foundation?

I just bought this 20yr old house a year ago and now I am noticing crack indoor as well as on the foundation. Indoor crack goes all the way across the ridge of the angled wall and down to the corner ...
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Damp musty smell in house

We have lived in this house for over 20 years but for about the last 12 months we have had a musty smell in the hall and kitchen which are at the front of the house. We have checked the roof, mains ...
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How level is 'good enough' for a 8x14' shed's gravel foundation?

I built a gravel foundation for an 8x14' prebuilt wooden shed. I spent a lot of time addressing drainage and most aspects of the foundation. Now it is finished, I think, but I want more experienced ...
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42" Elevated Foundation Build in Coastal NC

What are the best practices for residential elevated foundation 42" construction in Coastal NC? I have read alot about: soil tests, compacted fill, 4" of gravel on top of compacted fill, ...
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permanently closing off a crawl space under a house

I have a old small house that that was built in the 60s above ground with a dirt  crawl space underneath. There are two  access openings on each side of the house 28 x 18. There is no need to crawl ...
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Foundation Crack and Severity

My wife and I recently completed a house inspection. A little on the house: it was built in the late ‘40s, the grade is excellent and has been built up around the entire house, the drain spouts do not ...
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New house concrete slab foundation cracks - TX

I'm asking about advise\idea\help. I'm new home buyer in Austin area TX. I bought a new home in the foundation stage. Now it's in the framing stage. Yesterday I found that I have 3-4 cracks on the ...
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Should cracks and water in the crawl space concern me when buying a house? [duplicate]

I am looking at a house that with a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French Drains along the downhill ...
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Are water and vertical cracks normal for full height crawl space? [closed]

I am thinking about purchasing a home that is set on top of a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French ...
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Replacing a full height crawl space with basement

I am thinking about purchasing a home that is set on top of a crawl space (see image). The crawl space has the full height of a basement, windows and a door leading outside in the back. It has French ...
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Best and easiest way to seal insulation above concrete pour in unfinished areas of basements? [closed]

One of the things my crew is doing is trying to quickly make unfinished areas in basements look nicer and easier to clean. We usually stuff all outer joist walls with roxul to insulate and while this ...
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Can I run an underground wire to a shed on blocks?

I have a 12'x16' shed which has been leveled using concrete blocks but otherwise sits on the grass/dirt. It's about 100' from the house. I live in Georgia. I'd love to add some lights and outlets ...
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Did I severely compromise my foundation by drilling diagonally through a floor joist?

I’m boring some holes to run new wiring and there happened to be two adjacent floor joists under where I was drilling, so I drilled diagonally-vertically through one of the joists. The hole is 3/4” ...
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Shed on concrete pier blocks - how to brace laterally?

I'm building a shed on concrete pier blocks (12x12, 50lb), on 4x4's on adjustable support brackets. How do I laterally brace the structure using this? Is there a size threshold where I don't need to? ...
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How to fix crack in slab foundation wall has 90 degree turn to horizontal below the surface?

First, is this 90 degree switch from the vertical wall to horizontal bottom a normal feature of slab foundations? This is a 1953 ranch in northern Ohio. Red arrow in photo indicates the turn to ...
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Why is there a hole in my slab?

We had a leaky pipe burst over the weekend. It seems that it had been leaking (slowly) for some time, so there's some water damage to the wall where it was located. In order to clean it up, I removed ...
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Can I put crushed stone on top of sand base for brick patio?

I have a brick patio that is not level and filled with weeds. There are areas where it slopes down and the back up. I live in Maryland so it can get really hot and cold but I have not seen other areas ...
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Leaving basement forms on permanently

I am having an addition built on my home with ~600 square foot basement underneath. Because one of the basement foundation walls is very near (~1 foot) from the original home foundation, the concrete ...
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Paver Patio with Backfill Settlement Around Block Foundation

Main Question: I've been told that a concrete skirt (8" sloped pad) below the frost line and attached to the foundation via rebar is a good solution for putting pavers next to a block wall ...
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Filling gaps in a concrete floor

Our 1950's brick two story, three bedroom with a basement is a pretty common type around Toronto. We're doing some demolition and cleaning up in the basement. We are fairly sure we want to sell; our ...
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Unfinished basement - options for exposed concrete wall in finished room

We're purchasing a home with a large, unfinished basement having a poured concrete foundation and walls. This home is in Minnesota, so there's a seasonal consideration with temperature and moisture. ...
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Fireplace mortar cracks

I have a large crack where the fireplace hearth meets the chimney. I’m curious if this is a foundational problem, and if it needs to be repaired by a pro, or if I should just use a sealant repair ...
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calculating screwpiles requirement in clay ground

Does anyone know a good way of calculating screw-pile requirements in clay ground? I'm in the Netherlands and this old seafloor so carrying soil type is going to be at least 10m deep before it there ...
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Correct way to fix a broken block in a cinder block foundation

I have a 1954 built house with a cinder block crawlspace foundation with about a 1 1/2 foot clearance. I can squeeze in, but not easily. I'm in Cleveland, OH, so there is definitely a freeze-thaw ...
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Repair Hole in Cinder Block Foundation

I had a geothermal furnace put in recently, and with that, the old heat pump was removed. The electric from the heat pump was run through a hole through the foundation to the panel. The hole is about ...
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How to seal around metal gas pipe penetration through poured concrete above ground?

I have a gas pipe that comes through my poured concrete foundation about 12 inches off the ground: It is not sealed around the pipe on the outside. The gap is definitely large enough for insects to ...
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Strange concrete pad ringed with bricks in basement

I'm developing a Victorian flat (UK) the moment and there's a room that I wanted to clear out but there appears to be a load-bearing support beam with a concrete support pad at the base...I'm ...

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