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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Foundation inside and outside of house cracking

I have a problem with my 60 year old back-split home that the concrete is cracking everywhere. We have cracks in the ceiling above the stairs leading the bedroom level, a vertical crack in the ...
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How can I bring low voltage wire through foundation

My house currently has a wiring situation that has caused a leak and water damage. See the attached picture for locations. I have a sprinkler timer in the utility room inside the house. The wires ...
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Wood frame not on foundation and in contact of soil

My house in Columbus, Ohio. I found yesterday that two feet of breakfast area is an extension that not sits on foundation. It sits next to the soil underneath the brick patio. The house is 12 years ...
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Gap between foundations is a bug entry point?

Main Problem Camel crickets are getting inside house and the entry point appears to be a gap between foundations. Background Occasionally, we see camel (spider) crickets in the bathroom of our ...
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How can I prevent water from flowing into my carport under the wall plate?

The carport was enclosed but no additional concrete was poured. The sill was screwed directly into the concrete. As a result of being so close to to ground, water has come in under it about 2-3 inches....
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Is my pool cracking due to sitting empty during freeze-thaw cycles?

I have a rental property with an in-ground pool. Last year my tenants failed to let me know that water was leaking out of the pool. They kept filling it up and once the pool was closed in the fall it ...
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How urgent is it to fix cracks in foundation?

I have a house with a floating slab floor built on a cement foundation. There is a crack in the foundation that is 1/8 inch wide which has existed since before I moved in 4 years ago. I never ...
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Soil grade is above foundation

Our soil/landscaping grade is between about 4" and 8" above the foundation. I've read and been told that this is a problem. I believe the soil should be ~4" below the foundation line. We have a ...
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How should pressure treated wood post foundations be protected?

I am planning on building a 3.5 by 4m garden shed/workshop, and I am thinking that I'll construct it on pressure treated wood post foundations. I have some 100x100mm pressure treated pine posts. My ...
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Uneven Floors, Red flag?

My wife and I just went to look at a potential fixer upper that would be our first home. Naturally I want to get a good home for a great price. I don't have any delusions about trying to fix it ...
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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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Should I be worried that the anchor bolts are not centered on the sill plate?

I am in the process of having my first home built and have been trying to learn as much as I can along the way. Today I visited the home site and saw that the builder installed the sill plates on ...
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My house's perimeter drain system is full of water, why might that be and how do I fix it?

It's been raining light to medium for the past 12 hours and this morning while I was walking around outside the house, I noticed that this drain tube, which I believe runs around the perimeter of the ...
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Do these cracks indicate the foundation problem of a building?

while searching for a house to purchase, I found that there are some cracks under the window. Even though they have been fixed by the original owner. However, I am not sure how serious they are. Do ...
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Destroying a wasp nest

Wasps have made 2 holes beside the foundation of the house: My dad wants to wait until winter, but I rather destroy both nests before they start stinging people. How should I go around destroying ...
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I need help supporting and jacking up my attached, wood front porch

I live in Ohio in a home built in 1926. I do not believe the front porch is that old. The porch is L shape, wrapping around the house and is 24 X 8' in the front extending another 14' back, with ...
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What kind of foundation paint/sealant is this, and how do I replace it?

It appears that the paint near the base of our house that meets the sidewalk outside is peeling and chipping away. What kind of paint/sealant is this? How should I go about repairing it? Should I ...
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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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Is it feasible for one person to level a 12ft wide concrete foundation slab on their own?

I need to build a concrete foundation measuring about 4.9m x 3.7m (16ft x 12ft). I'll make the formwork and then get a company to lay the concrete for me. The concrete will be deep enough not to ...
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Type of tool used to fasten wood to brick

The brick foundation under my porch has latticework that is mounted on wood. A number of these wood pieces have rotted and I would like to replace them. They have been mounted to the brick with a ...
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Water flow over basement window sill

The sidewalk going around my house was poured very close to the edge of the basement window. The slab has sunk and water no pools against the house in that area. If we get a torrential rainfall, the ...
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Can I drill a hole through brick wall/lintel for A/C lines?

I'm looking to move the a/c refrigerant and return lines that are currently through the middle of a window opening to a more natural location so that a window can be installed in the opening. I ...
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Basement floor is damp and the top of my foundation is cracking after air sealing the attic?

Two months after having my attic professionally air sealed and insulated, the basement floor became damp and the top of the foundation started to show signs of horizontal cracking. Humidity levels in ...
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How to repair exposed exterior foundation insulation?

Thanks for checking this question. New to owning a home, and new to stack exchange. I do not know where to begin and I do not know what "terms" to use when googling. Any tips/ideas how to repair or ...
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Foundation for structure on bedrock

We have the mixed blessing of a giant swath of exposed Canadian Shield on our property in Ontario. Literally a big flat area of exposed rock, no soil whatsoever. Scale is hard to see, but a ...
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What is this 2" Diameter Hole in Basement Foundation Floor?

I am wondering what this hole in my basement foundation floor is for, and if I can cover it up or just put a plug in it. I am aware of one other similar hole (carpet is covering it though) on the ...
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Leaking basement caused by poorly graded sidewalk

Along our sidewalk on the side of the house we have a 5ft section of cement that slopes directly to the house. The water pools from the steps back towards the window. About 8 inches to the right of ...
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Should I cover this gap under my front door?

Under my front door, there is a wood board, but there is a 1/2 to 1 inch gap above the board and below the threshold. Is it a problem if water gets in there? I'm not sure if I should seal it. There's ...
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What are my options for saving this building?

I have a small building on my property that is about 15ft by 10ft. The building sits on a slope that runs downhill sort of at an angle from one front corner to the opposite back corner. It sits on ...
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How to insulate already-existing stud walls along block foundation

My new (to me) house has a 60-year-old block foundation. The previous owners did little to no insulating in the basement. However, they started to finish a bedroom down there, and got as far as ...
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Is it acceptable to install new cabinets parallel with the floor rather than plumb and level?

My house sits on a slab that is currently not level. Given that I have plans to correct the foundation issues in about 1.5-2 years, does it make sense to install the cabinets so that they are squared ...
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Field-stone Foundation on Top of Bedrock, Keep the Water Out?

I have a field-stone foundation built on top of bedrock. Due to the slop of the bedrock, water collects outside and runs down under the wall. As you can see from the pictures, moisture gets in. I ...
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Should I do something about these cracks in the basement wall?

I noticed some cracks in my basement wall that are bulging out. Also, there are some patches and a vertical line near the corner where the material (I think it's plaster over the cement) is chipping ...
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Collapsing wooden basement walkout

The issue: We bought a house, built around 1985, but it has this extremely poorly built walkout from the basement. It looks like the builder's "solution" for drainage was a bent piece of tin ...
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How to go about building an aquarium into a wall?

I plan to install a 180 gallon aquarium in my basement. The dimensions are 72" x 24" x 25" About 2000 pounds after sand and decorations when filled How should I go about doing this without having ...
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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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cracks on both side of the bay window

my house is a typical semi detached 1930 house, there are two cracks on the both side of the bay window , they are roughly about 3-4cm wide, it was easy to filled it up with the mortar. the crack is ...
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Where's this water coming from?

The carpet outside the bathroom has two wet spots, as though water is seeping up from slab foundation. Cannot find any pipes leaking in bathroom, the spots are randomly positioned, about a foot into ...
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How to frame a wall around existing exterior door

Framing a basement. I have a an exterior door that is set in the poured foundation. I'm building my wall that runs parallel to foundation that has the existing door and is ~2-4" from the foundation. ...
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Can I pour concrete next to my foundation?

I'm planning to install a 4x4 fence into the ground by digging up a hole, adding some gravel, then pouring concrete in. Is it a problem if the concrete touches the foundation of the house? I've added ...
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How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?

I am planning on building a raised concrete patio. I would like to build the perimeter of block and fill it with stone and then cap it in concrete to be finished with blue stone later. The patio will ...
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What kinds of contractors deal with basement/foundation flooding/leaks?

Winter is coming to an end. All the snow/ice in my back lawn is thawing. A massive vertical crack has opened in my basement wall (the foundation) and water is hemmoraging in. I tried parging it with ...
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What is a better base for skid foundation, gravel or crushed stone?

Building a skid foundation for a shed. What is the best material to put under the skids for stability/leveling. Uniform gravel (like this) or crushed stone like a 5/8 minus? Thanks,
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workaround for ground anchor settling in clay

We have a sun room built by a contractor for which building plans had to be approved by the city and a professional engineer. The room is about 12' x 12' and attached to the house. It sits on a ...
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Is a floating perimeter slab a good approach for a dirt-floor shed?

I'm building a 16' x 7' shed and chicken coop in Seattle. I want it to have a dirt floor and be safe from predators crawling underneath. I've been struggling with how best to do the "foundation". I ...
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Joists have different height

I'm first time homeowner and bought a house (built in 1999) in fall of 2015 (Philadelphia suburb). During inspection of the house I noticed squeaky floors and inspector said its due to nails rubbing ...
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Bought a 20 year old house last spring and it appears to be settling - when to call in experts

This house is about 20 years old and we purchased it last April without seeing any of this stuff. The inspection came back OK but we found a decent sized foundation crack on the walkthrough under some ...
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Water seeping through where pipe exits slab foundation

OK, the backstory can be found in this previous questions: Repairing leaking DWV vertical 3" thin wall PVC. Basically, found mold growth behind baseboards of a powder bathroom adjoining the kitchen. ...
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Shelving on Rubble Stone Foundation

I am looking to build shelving, nothing fancy, for a basement wall. I want to go the easiest possible route and was thinking of nailing a couple 2x4's to the wall and attaching some shelving brackets ...
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Basement foundation wall repair

After we poured some concrete outside of our east wall, we noticed some cracks along the foundation wall. I guess due to the weight of the new foundation, the foundation wall crumbled. One of the ...