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Foundation sliding in, basement flooding, sediment seeping in between basement wall and foundation

For reducing water ingress: The simple things too often ignored: Make sure the ground all around the house slopes away from the house (1% minimum slope - 1/8" per foot) for at least 10-12 feet ...
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Salt Deposits on Basement Brick Paint Surface and faulty Sseal around water supply pipe entry

Salt stains are dissolved minerals migrating through the masonry. This indicates moisture penetrating the external foundation seal if there is any. This is an annoyance but also indicative of your ...
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Does electrical wire need to run though floor joists or can it run above the side of foundation?

It is required to be protected. Conduit is one way to protect it, but hiding it in some kind of groove works too. So yes, if there is a recess between the top of the wall and the joists you can run ...
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Does electrical wire need to run though floor joists or can it run above the side of foundation?

There are two violations here: Lack of Securing and Supporting for the NM type cables. NEC 334.30 requires an interval "within 300 mm (12 in.) of every cable entry into enclosures." This ...
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Are there any risks in removing these steel basement window frames?

I posted a question about this a few years ago; I'll try to find it and point to it. The right solution is to take out the metal frame (a major cutting/bending/prying effort since it's cast into the ...
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Are there any risks in removing these steel basement window frames?

To be on the safe side, it's probably best to leave the frame up, and simply clean and waterproof it. But then again, what you should do with the window frame depends on the condition it's in. If it's ...
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Are there any reasons I shouldn't remove this odd nook from a basement room?

Suggestion - get a cheap borescope camera for a few dollars. The $10 ones would be fine, they use a phone to function as the display and provide power. Drill a small hole through the plasterboard, ...
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Are there any reasons I shouldn't remove this odd nook from a basement room?

If the window is more than 3' 8" above the floor, then the window seat is required for egress. As adopted by many localities... International Residential Code R310.2.2 Window sill height. Where a ...
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Are there any reasons I shouldn't remove this odd nook from a basement room?

Losing the windows would be a deal-breaker for me... oh, you want to make the room bigger? On a good day expect to find retaining walls. gnarly plumbing, and/or bedrock inside that. On a bad day, a ...
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Is it possible to plant bushes near my house and protect the foundation from water?

The number one solution to protecting the foundation is drainage. It may be enough for the drainage to be at the top of the soil, sloping away from the house. If not, consider something like a ...
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Should I replace fiberglass bats in my basement with rigid foam insulation?

The rigid foam is placed first so that acts as a thermal break to the wood studs placed against it, increasing the overall insulating value of the stud wall. Expanded Polystyrene board has an R value ...
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Water in basement-can’t figure out how to stop it

You seem to have eliminated roof runoff as a primary cause, and you've established that your sump pump is apparently working as the system was designed. What you haven't addressed is whether the sump ...
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Is this gap in framing a mistake or normal, and is any remediation needed?

There should not be a gap between the walls. Framing should be tight and continuous. There should be framing there for the drywall to be screwed to. Yes, it is possible for drywall to span, but it’s ...
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Basement window installation - how deep inside should I frame the window

The wisdom is to place the window in line with the building envelope. In this case, since the foundation wall is substantial, anywhere within that area is fine. If you are not planning to replace the ...
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How to run wire out of a stud bay and into an unfinished area in basement, to cross over a door?

A hole between the top plate and the top-of-door rough opening doesn't have to be bored perfectly along the axis of the wall -- so drill it on a slight diagonal. Insert the drill bit from the doorway ...
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How to run wire out of a stud bay and into an unfinished area in basement, to cross over a door?

If the only problem is drilling the one hole, just remove the header with a sawzall, drill, replace the header. Literally a five minute job. And no borrowing tools (assuming you have the saw). The ...
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How to run wire out of a stud bay and into an unfinished area in basement, to cross over a door?

What you really should have done, and perhaps still should do, is remove the ceiling, attach the walls to the joists, run the wires through the joist bays including drilling holes through them if ...
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