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Once there is a crack with high water it is just about impossible to stop the leak unless a complete perimeter drain is installed. Since you already have a sump directing the water to it is the normal procedure , sometimes a internal drain drain is added this is less expensive than a perimeter drain.


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Your concerns are valid. If condensate does form, you will also likely have to deal with mold. I would definitely rip it out and add high density foam. Not sure why glue was used, but am guessing that it'd be a lot easier to use Power loads to nail the framing after the insulation is installed. I treated my basement framing with anti-fungal/anti-mold ...


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Depending on how out of level your concrete floor is, filling in the uneven surface with self-leveling concrete could improve the slope and drainage of the floor. Odd that the drain is at the highest point, but in an old house it could have settled over time. A quick search for self-leveling concrete at a big-box home improvement store brought up a product ...


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I take it nothing backs up the floor drain? I am going to assume this is an older house. The floor drain is probably not hooked up to the sewer line and drains outside to a rock pit or something which is why it doesn't back up. Perimeter drain that comes into your house with rain / ground water and feed into your sewer service line inside the house would ...


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This is probably just a good comment but I would highly suspect that the old wall is providing zero support. Just because things are connected to it does not mean that it is supporting those things. Given that a new basement was poured there is a 99% chance that they pushed those walls up to provide load support to the entire house. Since this was ...


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The stains are minor, but may get worse over time due to moisture seeping through the porous concrete block from the outside. In order to have a dry basement, it is usually necessary to waterproof the foundation from the outside. This is generally not a DIY project since it involves digging all the way down to the footing in order to access the foundation ...


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The orange stain is likely an iron ochre infiltration due to high levels of iron in the soil or pre-existing iron in the cinder block. More info The paint is simply making the orange much more visible than it was on bare cinder block. I highly advise reading this article on basement finishing before continuing to paint your basement. You will likely have ...


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Here's why I think a corner mount toilet meets code. This is takn from one of the references Lee Sam provided. The measurements in RED were scaled from the American Standard drawing and may be off by an inch or two.


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The OP shows a typical corner in a bathroom with the toilet waste located near the corner. Based on that, the code requirement (See ICC Figure 307.1) for clearances is 15” minimum from center of toilet to side wall or obstruction (cabinet, tub, etc.) Here is the code layout: https://shop.iccsafe.org/media/wysiwyg/material/8950P235-sample.pdf Please ...


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I am in a similar situation and was thinking along the same idea of using OSB. Depending on the part of the country you live, the basement floor slab will usually be a fairly constant 50 to 56 degrees. Factors which could alter this would be half basements or high enough altitudes that you are sitting on permafrost. Another factor is walk out basements. My ...


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