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How to permanently remove moisture on concrete kitchen floor

We are currently renovating our kitchen and when we removed our vinyl flooring we noticed lot of moisture. We want to put self adhesive vinyl tiles but wanted to avoid the scenario of moisture ...
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Vapor barrier for crawl space

We have a home at Oak Island NC. Our home was built in the 70's. There were no mildew or mold problem until we had plastic put in our crawl space. After a few years we now have the mold problem so we ...
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Unfinished basement in Georgia townhome; would vapor barrier on interior trap moisture?

I have a town house that is a middle unit on a slab. The back wall is above grade, with exterior windows and door. The sidewalls abut adjacent units, so there is no wall in contact with soil for the ...
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How can I keep a hanging cloth hydrated?

As the summers are approaching, it kinda gets hot in my room. I make it cooler by dipping a bed-sheet in water and then hanging it on the curtain rod next to the window. This cools down the air that ...
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Replacing sheetrock with greenboard after remodel [closed]

I'm remodeling a kitchen which will have tile extended to the ceiling behind the counters. Currently there is relatively new sheetrock installed where the counters will go. However there is ...
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Should I frame out my foundation walls before or after I install the subfloor?

I'm about to start on finishing our basement and I'm going to put down a subfloor of DMX AG along with 5/8" T&G OSB. Should I frame out my perimeter foundation walls before the subfloor or after? ...
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Redoing insulation in the basement of the home I recently purchased

I recently purchased a home and have begun to do renovations on the basement. I am starting to look at insulation and so I have been researching what the best way would be to do that. The problem I am ...
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Damp/Wet Corners with Mold in House

In the outer corners along the external walls of our house, and inside closets on external walls we are experiencing water and moisture gathering on the flooring and there is mold appearing on the ...
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Wall putty and moisture accumulation

I recently patched a few anchor holes in the wall that were about 9mm in diameter with wall putty. It seems natural that some of the moisture goes into the wall interior when it dries. Could ...
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Basement room + concrete foundation + drywall + moisture question

Basement + concrete foundation + drywall / moisture question: just got drywall glued to a small portion of concrete foundation in an unfinished basement room: Should I have contractor remove these ...
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ventilating mildew-prone walk-in shower

I have a walk-in shower, roughly 2-1/2 x 5 ft, 7ft high, with a shower-curtained opening. The mildew problem on the grout is pretty bad. I've seen some good articles here on controlling mildew, but ...
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Ways to dry out space in wall or ceiling

I am installing recessed lighting into our living room. The ceiling of the room is topped with a flat roof. At one point, there were a handful of leaks in this roof that have since been repaired. ...
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Installing insulation board in basement to control moisture

I just had a basement waterproofing job done and it is doing an awesome job relieving pressure and keeping the basement flood-free (we just had a very large amount of rain here in central PA and it ...
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Flex shield moist protection against fungus?

Contractors are currently replacing a wooden floor which had been bowing, and repainting a wall. Both were damaged as a result of a leaking air conditioning pipe in the wall. I’ve expressed a ...
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Soffet Vent and surrounding rafter rot

I have a house by the ocean. Very wet environment, often moisture running down walls. I have roof ridge vents and soffit vents. The soffit vent holes were about half closed years ago with paint. ...
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Water leaking from concrete slab porch into rooms below. How do I stop the leaks?

My front porch is concrete and is above a portion of my garage, laundry room, and a basement bathroom. The house is in Zone 6b: -5 to 0 F. The rooms are not finished and I am not sure of the ...
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Water/ moisture coming through patched concrete hole in basement floor

We had our walls braced last summer and the basement guys had to drill holes in the floor to push the walls back in to place. They patched up the holes with concrete and I've noticed a few times (...
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How to correct burying cement board into shower pan concrete?

I made the big mistake of burying my cement board (Hardiebacker) into the concrete of my shower pan. I now understand the risks with water wicking up into my concrete boards, and causing a moisture/...
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What moisture content of wood is desirable for building an open veranda?

My family is planning on building an open veranda in Europe in a climate with the average annual percentage of relative humidity of 76.0% and the standard deviation of 8.5%. The framing will be done ...
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Is Sheet Vinyl a Good Moisture Barrier Between Concrete and Wood

I'm replacing the old nasty particle board vanity in my bathroom with a custom unit and doing tile on the floor and walls. The current floor is sheet vinyl rolled on a concrete slab. I'm creating a ...
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How can I determine whether I have moisture issues behind a brick facade

I removed a wall panel next to the window in my garage and removed the wall insulation to expose a particle board (think that's the right term) panel that's behind the exterior brick facade. The ...
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Dehumidifying an unheated garage

I have a small, 40 year old garage in the backyard of the block of apartments where I live, which I've turned into a workshop. I replaced the roof, and repaired and strengthened the back wall, filled ...
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Bathroom light and fan combo safety and wiriing

I am putting a new bathroom light and fan combo in my bathroom. I already have a light above the mirror of the bathroom that provides light for the rest of the area. However the fan/light combo I ...
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How to fix condensation between layers of insulation in unfinished wall?

An above grade portion (wood framing) of my basement walls (in unfinished furnace room) is currently insulated with faced R19 fiberglass batts. I live in nothern climate zone 5. Unfortunately there ...
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What substance absorbs the most moisture in a given time?

I have bought some damp traps. When it comes to refilling them, what substance would soak up the most moisture? Googling, dishwasher salt and cat litter have been suggested, but nobody seems to be ...
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What amount of moisture is acceptable in a mostly dry concrete basement?

My basement is generally very dry but I want to know how much moisture is too much, to better prioritize when I need to reduce it. The basement is mostly concrete floors and walls with exposed wood ...
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Do I need to re-sheath, wrap and side an old house just insulate it?

Looking into buying this house that was built around 1900. From the photos, it appears that there is a layer of shiplap underneath the siding. Is there any way, barring ripping all of the siding off ...
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To use or Not - Vapor Barrier for Brick House

My wife and I recently purchased a mid-1800's brick schoolhouse and are remodeling it from top to bottom. We stripped the walls down to the original brick (3 brick layers deep), and we then proceeded ...
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Removal of Plastic Vapor Barrier

Should the plastic vapor barrier be removed from under or replaced under exterior wall drywall? I am working on a house which had major termite damage. The house is located in a town in upstate New ...
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How to remove hydrostatic pressure from basement floor so we can finish part of the basement?

We purchased a 3000 square foot ranch that was built in 1977. We would like to finish about 1000 sf of the basement. It has poured concrete walls and a concrete floor. Currently, we have two sump ...
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Plywood over rigid foam over concrete: will I have moisture issues?

Short version: If I install 3" of rigid foam over a poured concrete foundation wall that has been sealed with Xypex, will I have any moisture issues if I install plywood directly over the rigid? ...
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Wood between slab allowing ground water seepage

Warning: Lots of setup ahead... We have lived in our house for almost 3 years now. The house was built in a newer addition approximately 25 years ago. The grounds is mostly graded away from the house,...
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Drylock First or Anti-Mold Paint First?

I recently removed my basement drywall and the old insulation behind it. The basement was first finished about 30 years ago (by old owners). The walls are concrete blocks. Most of them are fine, ...
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Moisture from under the floor - is this bad?

I had a prefab shed installed, which I'm finishing as a detached office. Since the floor got covered in drywall dust, it often looks like there's moisture seeping up between the floorboards. I'm ...
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Considering replacing blown cellulose on attic floor with open cell spray foam. Should I just leave well enough alone?

EDIT WITH NEW COMMENTS/QUESTION: Begin edit/ Ok...a few thoughts based on your replies: 1) I totally agree that the insulation guy is selling something. Roger that. At the same time, the GC I've ...
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Mildewed carpeting, uninsulated flooring

Problem: I just moved into a rented apartment. The bedroom closet/office has carpeting which is mildewed. It noticeably smells offensive and I am allergic to mold. Examination: We looked under ...
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Is a moisture barrier needed over gyp-crete (gypsum concrete) for wood / bamboo flooring?

In a condo, and just discovered that the floor is actually gyp-crete, presumably over wood. Is a moisture bnarrier necesary? This is above grade.
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Dehumidifying Basement in vacant house

We are selling our house and just moved about 30 mins away. The finished basement had a dehumidifier but no hose because we don't have a drain. Unfortunately due to distance it is not feasible to go ...
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How do I dry out a damp patch in my subfloor?

I bought my house over a year ago and had the hardwood oak floors refinished. One of the bedrooms had water damage from a leaking roof (previous owners fixed this before I purchased the house) so they ...
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What are the brown stains showing through my white paint?

Should we be worried about these? We have some brown spots like these in the top floor, in the wall and some spots in the ceiling. Mostly around the ceiling nails like in the first picture. They are ...
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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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How to know if a basement is dry enough to finish

I am looking to finish/remodel my below grade basement. I am worried about moisture issues. I have owned the house for 2 years and there is no evidence of standing water in the basement. The floor is ...
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double vapor barrier

I am constructing a mortar/cement board shower and i need to waterproof it. Is their anything wrong with using a plastic vapor barrier / pvc shower pan liner for the bottom layer and then also ...
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If carpet has been dry for years is moisture level OK on slab?

Should I be concerned about moisture with installing an Engineered Wood flooring over a concrete slab (on-grade)? We have been living in the house for 10+ years with carpet flooring and I don’t recall ...
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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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Lining an in-ground container

I plan to dig a hole and put things in said hole. My problem is, some of the things that will be buried can't or shouldn't be directly exposed to the ground, either for their benefit or the Earth's. ...
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Storing items in washroom (protection from moisture)

I've moved into a flat which has a washroom (shower, washing machine and sink) which is relatively huge in comparison to the rest of the flat; How might I be able to store items in this room without ...
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Should I insulate my unfinished basement ceiling?

Question Are there any negative effects from insulating a basement ceiling? Story I have an unfinished basement, with a family member living in a make-shift room. In my efforts to retain heat in ...
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How can I prevent moisture from damaging my tools overnight?

I just bought a Nissan NV200, which I've had outfitted with a partition and shelves. My tools stay in the vehicle and after a really cold night, I find a fair bit of condensation on them. I've tried ...
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What could be the source of this moisture?

I'm a little baffled here with the problem at hand -- we're seeing spots on our engineered wood flooring that appears to be moisture coming up from beneath but cant figure out the source of that ...