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Vapor barrier on heated entertainment shed

i am building an 8x10 entertainment shed with a loft for kids to hang out and have sleepovers in, i will be heating it. I have tyvek and t1-11 it is on 4x4 skids on top of the Concrete patio and has 3/...
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How do I cover exposed exposed wood under cracked stucco?

Let me set up some context: My house is at the bottom of a hill, so when it rains, the water flows down North, into my back yard, and pools on the North and South-facing sides of my house. Over time ...
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Surfactant bleed through

I have a bathroom in our 1930's house that doesn't have an exhaust fan...and two teenage boys who take ridiculously long steamy showers. We had some mold issues on the ceiling, and some of the ceiling ...
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Raising a sunken living room floor and concerned about moisture under new raised floor

I am raising a sunken living room floor but have some concerns about possible moisture problems under this raised floor. Here is what I have. A 1979 typical ranch style. It is roughly a 16 x 20 ...
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What's the best house wrap to use underneath hardiplank (fiber cement) sidings? [closed]

We live on a busy street near Midtown Atlanta and are currently having our home renovated. We're going to replace the wood sidings with HardiPlanks (fiber cement) sidings. What house wrap would be ...
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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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Why is there moisture under some new wall plates in the basement?

I'm doing a basement finishing project. When I nailed down bottom plate(treated lumber) for framing, I see some moisture appears after a while, no visible water, right under some of the bottom plates. ...
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How can I add more insulation to my finished attic walls without trapping moisture

I have a finished attic that has a kneewall insulated with fiberglass batts, insulation facing in. The batts fill the depth of the wall cavity completely to the end of the stud, there's no more room ...
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Do I need so many fasteners and an edge gap for a basement subfloor on concrete?

I'm getting ready to install subflooring in a residential basement, which currently has exposed concrete slab. The concrete is well-cured (50 years) with no moisture problems. The plan is to lay down ...
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Can I make a raised flowerbed against my siding?

I want to make a slightly raised flowerbed at the front of my house. The flowerbed would be about 9 inches high and made out of landscaping blocks for the front edge/wall. The issue is that it would ...
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How can I protect existing fence pickets/rails from raised garden/lawn soil rot

I have an existing fence which goes some way into the soil and we are cleaning and painting it then we plan on further raising the garden and lawn. What are the best ways to protect the partially ...
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Should I put a vapor barrier under metal framing in a basement?

I will be framing out my basement with steel so the bottom track will be on the concrete slab. Is it required to put some sort of vapor barrier between the slab and the track? I couldn't find anything ...
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Too dry in my log home bedroom [closed]

My log cabin bedroom is very dry. I have tried a humidifier but it seems the wood is absorbing the moisture. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Should I redo my house wrap that is under the sheathing?

When my house was built, the builder put the Tyvek wrap on the frame of the house, then installed the sheathing and then installed the siding. I am about to have my siding replaced and one of the ...
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Would insulating a basement wall with XPS and reflective insulation create a moisture problem?

I'm in Massachusetts (ICC 2015 w/ mods) and want to finish my basement walls. I'm thinking about using a combination of 2" XPS, 1x2s horizontal 24" OC, Reflectix (double reflective ...
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Is it OK to block off an unused root cellar to mitigate moisture problems?

I have a root/cold cellar underneath my front porch. The walls appear to be poured concrete as I can't see any bricks or cinder blocks. The room sweats like crazy so there is an obvious moisture ...
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Is this a water leak or condensation in the wall around my dryer vent?

I pulled my dryer out yesterday to clean the vent and tubing. When I moved the dryer I noticed what looked like a huge wet stain around the vent connection that leads to my attic. There appears to be ...
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Precautions for a subterranean level

Although our house build is still several years away, we’ve started making decisions about it. I live in a tropical climate and have always felt a subterranean level makes great sense in terms of ...
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How to fix cracks in cellar room?

I have a question regarding the cellar floor of my 1950s house in germany. It has a concrete floor. In one room there are a lot of cracks in it. They are meters long, but only a few mm wide. When ...
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Water dripping from the ceiling over a humidifier

Humidity in my house right now 13%, which is normal during winter. I have cathedral ceilings with no attic. It is an older, very large, 100% wood house, log cabin style. I ran 1 gallon humidifier for ...
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What should be considered when updating wall assembly in only one section of a wall?

Background: We live in a 1920s two-story foursquare home in New England. The house has painted wood shakes/shingles siding on the second story, and wood clapboard siding on the first story. We will ...
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Cinder Block Foundation - Excessive Moisture

My garage has such excessive moisture that I am often replacing pliers and other tools due to the constant rust that forms on their surface. It is not currently thermally regulated, but I have ...
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Will insulating attached garage walls create a moisture problem?

I live in Chicago and have 50 yrs old house that has attached garage. I found out that the walls in garage does not have insulation. I am planning to open the drywall, put batt insulation and drywall ...
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adding more insulation on garage side of wall, and held in place with plastic sheeting has resulted in a moisture issue

I am closing the ceiling of my garage, and wanted to do a few things before that was completed. It's a 2 story house, and there is a shared wall between the house and the garage, on the second story. ...
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Bathroom Vanity wood getting damaged slowly

Anyway to stop this happening. I always use the fan when taking a shower still the top edge of the vanity wood is opening slowly. Anyway i can stop this and fix it ?
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Replaced tile grout-soaking up moisture and comes out on my hand

I replaced the grout in my shower tiles the other day. I removed a good layer of the old grout and applied new grout on top. All looked fantastic for 48 hours until I used the shower. Now the grout ...
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Upper Floor Window Condensation Issues - HRV?

We live in a 2 level home with basement in central washington. The winters average 20-36 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity levels of 70-99%. Summers are fairly warm to hot with lower RH. Our issue is ...
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Non-spray WD-40 equivalent? [closed]

I spray WD-40 on metal parts in a high moisture area to prevent rust. But in one particular case, I don't want the oil getting on other things in a tight area, so I'm reluctant to use the spray. Is ...
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Wall damage from insufficient attic ventilation

The wall in my master bedroom, which is facing outside, has exposed brick and, for several years now the bricks have been showing signs of moisture damage. The symptom is white, frost-like substance ...
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Mold growth in home

My home is a mold catastrophe. My fiancé was sick for a year and we got an air quality test and it tested the highest level. I started ripping the house apart and found that there was mold in three ...
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Mildew around window retrofit inserts

Some of the windows in our house have mildew around the replacement window inserts (~18 years old). Mostly at the bottom. The original frames were aluminum, the inserts of course are PVC. The ...
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How to paint a small bathroom with very poor ventilation?

Amateur here, just trying to do his best. How to paint a small bathroom with very poor ventilation? I imagine I'd want a paint that seals the paint behind it (which has been prone to a little mold), ...
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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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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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Will showering with the fan on and bathroom door open prevent mold?

I have a room mate who loves to just sit in the shower tub with the shower raining over him. He sits in the shower for 2 hours or longer easily (not over exaggerated), just watching youtube videos. He'...
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Why is there moisture on some parts of my basement slab?

In the mechanical room of a new construction house there is some moisture at the bottom pressure treated plated. When I remove the vapor barrier and the insulation and check up against the concrete ...
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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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Condensation between chair mat and rug in basement: a concern?

We have a 1960 two story colonial with a finished basement in New England. The basement floor is wall-to-wall rug, on a rug pad, on old vinyl tiles, and then a concrete slab; I assume there's no ...
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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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Ceiling fan/light in bathroom shortcuts when humid

I have a ceiling fan/light combo in my bathroom ceiling. It's hooked up with those white connectors you see on this picture: When someone takes long showers, especially at night when the temperature ...
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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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How do I mitigate moisture problems when putting up drywall over stucco with torn tar paper?

I'd like to finish my 56-year old garage with drywall but I have concerns about moisture. The wall construction looks like stucco over tar paper with metal wire support, then the frame. My main ...
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How to prevent mold in ceiling below upstairs bathroom

TLDR; Had previous mold issues in kitchen ceiling due to frequent leaks from upstairs bathroom. Source of leaks resolved to the best of our ability, but long term permanent fix probably some years out....
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Why are my outlet and switch plates bowing away from the wall?

The home is new construction on the beach front in Galveston. The wall is 12' high by 52' long. From the outside in, it is Hardie lap siding, house wrap, 5/8 plywood, 3" closed cell foam, 5/8&...
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garage walls wet

HI, I am purchasing a home and noticed some spots in the garage walls? Not sure if its moisture or a leak since its on the same place on both sides. Any advise will be greatly appreciated.
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Do I need to let my basement subfloor breathe?

I live in a mostly cold environment and I’m planning to finish my basement floor with standard interlocking foam tiles (with a slight rigid texture) for underlayment (soft/insulated) topped with roll-...
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Should feather-edge lap siding be installed directly on sheathing or on furring strips?

I'm building a shed this summer. The plan is to use a stud frame construction. Cover it in 12mm OSB3 and a breather membrane to keep the interior dry and use feather edge as the cladding. The thing I ...
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Possible moisture issue with partial insulation of unheated garage

I live in a zone 5 area in Ohio in a house build in the 60s. The garage is 20x20, attached to the house on two sides and shares a roof with the house. Current garage isn't insulated - the attic has ...
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How to get rid of moisture in hardwood flooring?

We have recently come to a halt with our building due to our hardwood floorboards cupping and swelling in several places.(Boards were acclimatized for several months before installation) They were ...
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Exterior Wall - Stacking Fiberglass insulation and Mineral Wool insulation

I am in the process of finishing my unfinished basement and had a question about stacking insulation. When framing the basement we realized we have alot of areas which have about 6~ inches of extra ...

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