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Sauna Shower Sealant

We have a 1999ish model of an Ariel sauna shower we inherited when we bought our home. There are layers of silicone caulk with embedded mold. I started to remove them to strip it clean but realized I ...
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Large gap around foundation where concrete meets - How can I fix this properly?

I was about to re-caulk between my foundation and concrete slab (see my other post). Now I'm seeing quite large and deep gaps between in some spots. How can I properly fix that? Or is it okay to just ...
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Basement Window Cracks/Gaps Around Foundation - Can see through gap from inside

I have a basement window that has gaps around the foundation of my house (see pics below for details). I'm becoming more worried because I can now see outside light from the inside of my window. ...
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Improperly installed drip edge hinders water drainage?

My newly received apartment has a recessed balcony. From the moment I received the keys, I noticed defects along the edge of the roof above the balcony. The concrete was slightly damaged, revealing ...
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Did my contractor waterproof my windows properly?

I have a contractor enclosing a screened in patio with windows, OSB, house wrap, rigid foam insulation, rain screen, and hardie plank siding. That said, my observation with his work is: Window Sill ...
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Paint bubbling/discoloration in one corner of the basement?

New homeowners in the foothills north of Los Angeles. About 3 months ago we first noticed there was some bubbling and discoloration to the painted cinderblocks in just one corner of the basement. ...
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Is it acceptable to have nail penetrations in a hot-mop shower pan?

We're currently living through the nightmare of having bought a brand new house where the primary shower started leaking. Builder warranty was used and they ripped out all the tile, mud, and hot mop ...
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Temporary waterproofing hole in the roof

I have this old retired roofbox I would like to remove (has mod bit material applied over cracked glass to waterproof) and install a new skylight on a 10 degree mod bit roof. Once I demolish, I ...
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How to attach replacement shutter bits to stucco

The (decorative) shutter on our house has started to rot. I don't know what I am doing, in general, but moreso in this situation. Can somebody double check my plan: remove all rotten bits. stucco ...
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Waterproofing wooden support-beam over small sewage pit

Outset A hut in a garden colony with running water but no connection to the sewers has a small sewage pit (2.50 x 0.80 x 1.20 m LWD) at the back of the hut, right in front of two tool shacks. The ...
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Need help on how to restore shower following water leaking past drain cutout from old incorrect installation with no waterproofing [closed]

The ceiling below my master bath shower started to show water damage. I cut out the drywall where it was damaged and saw that the shower drain had been improperly installed (picture 1). I don't know ...
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Why is waterproofing behind stucco a good idea?

It doesn't make sense to me. Here is the cross section of a conventional stucco wall: The wood must not get wet and therefore there is a sheet of waterproofing (black) between stucco and wood. Stucco ...
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How should I restore stucco on a delaminating retaining wall?

Twenty years ago I built a 3 foot high retaining wall out of cinder blocks, and installed decent "back side" drainage. Well, the drainage is not working, and about 7 years ago the stucco was ...
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Leaking basement under chimney - weep hole solution?

We have a brick chimney that rests on a basement foundation wall about 2' above grade (basement is 2/3 below ground). We have a trickle leak into our basement after heavy rains below the the back ...
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How does stucco waterproofing work?

(Note: Context is 1929 house in the Bay Area. I think this may be different than stucco in other places?) If I understand correctly, stucco is water permeable and a water barrier is installed between ...
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Need advice on re-grading garden beds around foundation for better drainage and if I can apply barriers/sealant to mitigate water intrusion

I'm doing some landscaping cleanup for my parents' house - for visualization, this house's surrounding layout is almost identical: The front and right side of the house is surrounded by lawn and ...
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Fibreglass to Felt roofing join

I'm going to be putting a fibreglass roof on our porch, but the neighbour's roof joins ours. Their roof is felted. As I understand it, resin is not a good mix with felt as it breaks it down. Will the ...
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Can a tiled shower curb be rebuilt without redoing the entire shower?

We had a tub removed and a new tiled shower built. The contractor built the curb crooked to the wall, and it wasn’t caught until after it was tiled. He has committed to correcting it, but is proposing ...
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Does the rough-in valve trim install onto backer board or tile?

I have installed cement board and waterproof coated it. My next step is to install tile. I have a 4" access hole in the backer board for the rough-in valve per the instructions. The instructions ...
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Basement tie rods leaking after repair

I'm preparing the basement concrete walls before finishing the basement. I will be gluing XPS insulation and building a drywall wall without added vapor barrier. The previous owners appear to have had ...
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How to prevent damp on a wall with no soffit(roof overhang)

One wall of my 1890's victorian house has no soffit (roof overhang). This wall also suffers from damp coming through the solid brick walls and I don't get that on any other exterior wall. The bricks ...
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Removed the skirt of the siding now the subflooring is exposed. What should I do?

The skirt boards for the siding were partially covered in soil and rotting so I removed them. Now it looks like I exposed the subflooring. How do I prevent them from rotting now that they are exposed? ...
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What is the best silicone sealer for a mobile home roof and best installation techniques?

Need some help here. We need to seal our single wide mobile home roof. I've read that silicone is best. From there I've seen multiple instalation recommendations from just clean the roof make sure its ...
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How should I apply flashing to new construction joined to existing brick

I am planning to close off a screened in porch with OSB sheathing and vinyl siding. After framing in the area and attaching OSB to the studs, I plan to apply Tyvek house wrap to help keep water out ...
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What kind of siloxane coating should I use on historical brownstone steps that is historically safe?

I'd like to reduce the amount of water soaking into my 120 year old brownstone steps and want to use something that won't run afoul of the landmarks historical commission or change the look in any ...
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Flooding likely due to clay drainage tile broken; excavate to replace?

We bought a house 2 years ago which was built in 1952 with an extension added in 1991. The basement of the extension floods with heavy rain/snow, but the original house never floods. There is a sump ...
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What to do with these darn OSBs

So we just started replacing an old roof as the forecast seemed promising. All of a sudden, it changed to full on rain every day... We have managed to remove half of the old roof (2 out of 4 sides) ...
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Why is my clear wood finish drying orange?

I bought an outdoor wooden planter online. It wasn't sealed so I wanted to treat it to help protect it from weather and water. The wood was already stained gray so I went with a "Clear ...
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How can I future-proof the roof of a small countryside building?

I have inherited a small countryside masonry building from my grandfather in a grass field. It's a very small building with about ~40sqm of interior space over two floors, and a roof covering the two ...
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How to protect Patio door from rain [closed]

Have a rental property and this house has patio on backside. There is no canopy or awing over my patio door. It been getting damaged at the bottom due to rain. How to protect this patio door from rain?...
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Solar panel brackets not waterproofed correctly?

We are having solar panels installed. They just squirt some glue or caulking under the mounting bracket and bolted it to the roof. In the YouTube videos the installers always cover them with flashing ...
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How to seal a window on stucco?

I have this window on a stucco wall: Once when it rained a lot I saw standing water in the window frame (I could only slowly dry it out with rags). I am worried that water seeps into the wall, ...
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How do I identify the source of water coming into my basement?

I have a ton of water coming out of the ground in my crawlspace at a specific spot after some recent heavy rain: https://imgur.com/a/wInKUzS After pumping for days to get the water down I noticed a ...
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Cracked and sunk concrete - Lift or fill?

I have a shed that is 90+ years old. The shed structure itself is in great condition (someone actually replaced a bunch of the framing), however, the slab is a mess. It was built before rebar was used ...
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How can I improve waterproof flooring for outdoor landing?

I have an outdoor landing outside our back door that is mostly covered by roof overhang (~90% covered). It consists of 3/4" plywood covered with paint, with metal edging at the edge of the ...
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Is the gray layer of DensShield easily to be rubbed away? Can I put aqua defense over those?

I've used 4 pieces of DensShield for my DIY project. I found out not only many those are on shelf in store, they already lost the gray layer on edges, also when I unintentionally rubbed the surface ...
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Water around shed/ house

How do I remove all this water from around my shed garage? It’s an up hill to the street. There is no slope for a french drain. Water goes around on both sides.
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Help re-caulking the shower with angled gap at the bottom

After seeing some new water damage on the ceiling below my bath, a plumber told me to try regrouting my shower (there were gaps and cracks in the old grout). How should I approach this area at the ...
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Is my sewer line broken?

Home Built: 1955. New York City. https://imgur.com/a/mpjRvKl Landscape is pitched towards the street, so I don’t think grading was an issue. I moved in a year ago and in the front corner of the ...
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How to properly top a parapet wall with coping stones?

I have a flat-roofed extension with a parapet wall (built by previous home owner). The parapet is topped with once weathered concrete coping. The extension is about 15 years old and - I think - the ...
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How can I remedy lingering foundation leaks after repairs?

A couple of years ago, I bought an older house (1930s) that had been flipped by the seller. They had finished the basement (~850 sqft) by adding drywall and carpet. They also plugged up the sump pump. ...
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What's the best way to water seal around a basement concrete patch?

I had to replace a 4 foot section of cast iron pipe under the slab, so I jack hammered the floor and filled it back up with concrete. During the rainy season, the water table can get high and water ...
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What do do with this deck area over the crawlspace [duplicate]

Hi - I've recently had to rebuild the corner of my house due to this porch design that was built directly over the crawlspace (terrible design IMO) and eventually allowed water to come in around the ...
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How to waterproof this porch area over my crawlspace?

This area seems like a bad design - essentially a piece of flat roof next to the house... The previous roof/porch here didn't seem to have any slope, and all the water drained towards the house (to ...
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Water penetrating through slats in my Garador garage door

I have a strip on the floor inside the garage beneath the door and even had a drainage channel on the outside of the door constructed beyond the raised lip on the outside of the door. Rainwater still ...
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Basement flooding

I live in a raised ranch with a downward sloping driveway. This year we experienced a major flood with all water coming under the garage door. Does a waterproof garage door exist? Once the water got ...
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What is the best way to add flashing to this part of my roof?

About 25% of the edges of my house have exposed fascia boards like in these pictures. I’ve never done any roof work but this seems like an obvious mistake committed when the builder constructed the ...
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Suggestions for guiding water leak into drain

We have a water leak in the unfinished portion of our basement. We are in the process of having the issue remedied but it will take several weeks. In the meantime we have having issues guiding the ...
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Foundation Crack in my house

I just noticed a crack in the foundation, at the beginning i thought it is parging crack but it seems deeper to the foundation. by googling I found many methods of how to fix the crack, some use epoxy ...
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Directing Water away from Foundation – Regrading

What is the best way to build up soil to regrade to direct water away from the foundation wall? Water is leaking into the crawlspace in the corner behind that tree on the photo. We're on a hill so ...
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