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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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Did my contractor waterproof my new shower properly?

Did my contractor water proof my new shower correctly? Here is the process I observed. vapor barrier cloth applied to walls and floor layer of mud on the floor. rubber/PVC membrane, thick gray sheet ...
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Sealant between Bilco Bulkhead Door and Cement Base for Water Infiltration - Colder Temperatures

Looking for some guidance on a sealant/caulk that I can use between a Bilco basement metal door, and the cement base it sits on. Temperatures are between 27°-50°F in the swings from night to day, so I ...
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Remedy for Gap Between Water-Resistive Barrier Behind Vinyl Siding

In the last residing, the old wood siding was covered with green foam board as the water-resistive barrier and the new vinyl siding was install on top it. I know it was not a good practice in general, ...
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Can a French Drain drain into a Rain Garden / Swale?

We are redoing our front yard as part of a city rebate program to transform turf to drought-tolerant landscape. Part of the project is a Rain Garden / Swale that will be installed in the middle of ...
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Will a MS Polymer Sealant bond to both PPE (polyphenylene ether) plastic and concrete to create a submersible watertight seat?

I'm researching a waterproof sealant that that will bond PPE (polyphenylene ether) plastic to concrete. I embedded a PPE channel drain section in concrete for use as an intake for a pond pump (...
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How can I seal a hole in a concrete foundation wall for flex tubing?

During the electrical upgrade, several PEHD tubes were laid through a hole in the wall (60cm thick). I am not sure how to fill the hole - want to keep the water and the dirt outside. Insulation is not ...
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What is this exterior electrical box and how do I cover it properly?

I'm the new owner of a 1956 Southern California home and discovered this curious plate on the stucco exterior: It's above, and to the left of the front door. There is a working sconce mounted above ...
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Possible water damage behind shower tile wall?

I was working on removing and redoing old grout/caulk in the guest bathroom for a house we moved into recently (built in 88, unsure if shower has been re-tiles since then). About 24 hours after I ...
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Waterproofing concrete wall

I'm renovating my shower and have decided to use Durock cement board to install tile on later. One of the walls is concrete block with a window. Is anything needed on the wall before installing the ...
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How can I attach house numbers to stucco? [duplicate]

I live in the hot and humid Southeast US, but our house has some stucco on the front. Poor sealing have led to two major repairs (by previous owners) on this house that we know of, so I'm pretty ...
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What tile backing material can be embedded in concrete shower pan?

As in title. I want to glue and screw the backer board into the walls down to the slab before pouring the shower pan in a redguard shower, as I have about 1/2" spare space between the wall I'm ...
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How do I properly finish basement without framing?

Here is the issue: we have an unfinished laundry room and an unfinished closet. I would like to finish both of them. We are in a wet/moisture climate (Wisconsin). I am trying to do this without ...
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Is my plan to replace a bathtub faucet reasonable?

I recently bought a house. It has an upstairs and downstairs unit. The previous owners refinished the bathroom prior to the sale with crappy PVC siding for the bath walls. According to YouTube videos,...
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Is is safe to dig under the patio to install a drain tile?

We have a mold/water issue in our basement wall that is concrete block foundation. No visible cracks, but based on what I've researched, sounds like it might be coming through the blocks. On the ...
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Below grade wall rotted - will this solution work?

looking for a little guidance if my solution will work here. One section of my 1830s simply has a crawlspace underneath, and it seems that in the rear the sill plate simply rests on top of a ...
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How safe is a roof just over the front door?

I see a lot of leaves and branches in my roof valleys (4 of them) and want to go on the roof to clean that up. Example of roof valley with built-up detritus (the bottom part I just cleaned up): I do ...
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Small gap between metal strip behind stucco and house frame

I'm having two major pieces of work done on one wall of my house at once: window replacement and mold removal from inside the wall (under the old leaky windows). The new windows are in, the outside ...
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What might cause sporadic small waterspots on ceiling of kitchen?

I have small (ranging from ~1-5 CM) ,sporadically located, water spots on the ceiling of my kitchen that have progressively gotten worse over the last year. They seem to be right in the dead center of ...
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Is it ok or normal for my sump pump to run as much as it does? [closed]

Is the frequency that my sump pump is discharging normal? Is this ok? Should I be concerned about my finished (split level/raised ranch) basement? As of today my sump pump is discharging approximately ...
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How to properly finish basement walls with an indoor waterproofing membrane?

The house I moved into has an ~1800 sq. ft. unfinished basement which has been waterproofed on the inside, halfway up the walls all around it, taped to insulation put on the upper half like this: I ...
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Have my tradies laid and fixed the drywall and flooring correctly?

I'm based in Tasmania, Australia. Bathroom and laundry reno in the works. They’ve been great so far - removed a wall, replaced floor joists, and I’ve felt respected and listened to but my tradespeople ...
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Should/can I use a shower pan liner with Schluter-Kerdi shower tray for my shower floor?

I originally planned to finish my shower floor with deck mud, shower pan liner, concrete mix, RedGard, mortar, and tile in this order: Pre-slope with deck mud Shower pan liner Post-slope with ...
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How to prevent the algae growth under the water tank

I have placed over the head water tanks on top of an elevated concrete structure with grading. But I can see lots of algae growth beneath it , I honestly didn't expect this because it's open terrace ...
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Sikaflex self leveling sealant keeps draining

I’m trying to fill a gap between my driveway and foundation wall to stop basement water leak. Per inspector’s recommendation I applied some Sikaflex self leveling sealant on top of backer rod. It’s ...
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How should I seal the space under my cantilevered floor?

My near-ground level kitchen floor was cantilevered, overhanging the foundation by ~2.5ft. The bottom surface of the floor joists and the gap between them and the ground was left open, allowing ...
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Upwards sloping AC lines leaking with sprayfoam and caulk

Related to this question, the installer came and applied a silicone caulk around all the individual lines (see pictures below), but it still leaks (though to a lesser degree). Given that now spray ...
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Can I apply stain overtop of watersealer?

I have watersealed my deck using Thompson clear watersealer this year. This product specifically. I'm not loving the faded look though already, and I think I'd like to stain it instead. What kind of ...
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Is sprayfoam suitable for a waterproof seal around AC lines through external wall penetrations?

I understand that closed-cell spray foam can be waterproof, but is it an appropriate material to use for filling around the external wall penetrations where AC lines pass through? I don't know if it ...
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Waterproofing covered porch floor with basement below

I have a covered entryway that is exposed on one side, with an unfinished basement below. The original flooring was 2x6's which have been removed. My plan is to replace them with a stone mosaic. The ...
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