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How can I keep water out of this window?

My neighbor a few years back put in place some 2" plastic pipe that went to the footer and a screen on top in the pit with stone on top of that. Worked very nicely. I took the easy way and ...
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Building a concrete basement one year and the structure on top the following one

For the edited question. I would probably wait a year and do both the same year. It at least saves the time and money to pump out the water and maybe cleaning the concrete floor and walls. If water ...
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Building a concrete basement one year and the structure on top the following one

2-4 feet of snow is an utterly insignificant load to a concrete basement suitable to build a house on. The reinforcement is protected from corrosion by being correctly placed within the pour so it has ...
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Is this Gap Between New Studs And Joists Okay (Non-Structural)?

I'm sure MonkeyZeus knows much more than I, but one thing I do know is that construction wood shrinks over time even if it was kiln-dried. My 30yr old custom built house used kiln-dried wood ...
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Is this Gap Between New Studs And Joists Okay (Non-Structural)?

Even if it’s not structural, over time that wood will move quite freely. If this is absolutely not a cosmetically important area at all and you are fine with potential drywall cracking at the wall-...
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Is this Gap Between New Studs And Joists Okay (Non-Structural)?

Push the wall framing with your hands, does it wiggle? Grab with both hands and shake it, do you trust the nails? Try leaning up against it, do you feel safe? If there is considerable movement now ...
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Is this Gap Between New Studs And Joists Okay (Non-Structural)?

This is actually quite common. Very few basement floors are level, so this happens. Furthermore, a lot of times people build the non-loadbearing walls (like yours) on the floor, and then tilt them up ...
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How do I waterproof this gap between concrete and wood framing in interior basement wall?

The best place to waterproof any wall is on the outside. That mean you're going to have to figure out how the water is getting to that crack and fix that. else your framing is going to get wet and ...
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How do I fill this hole in the concrete under my furnace in the basement?

I have encountered the exact same thing, down to the size of the hole and location, and I freaked out a little at first too. Try mixing in some insect killing powder/pellets and laying some copper ...
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How do I waterproof this gap between concrete and wood framing in interior basement wall?

The question I see is how to support a wall with nothing directly above. Add nailers short sections of 2x4 or 2x6 to bridge between joists one at each end and every 16-24” along the length of the wall....
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How do I waterproof this gap between concrete and wood framing in interior basement wall?

I am currently working on sealing and insulating my basement rim joists and sill plates as well. I mostly followed a similar strategy as this (minus the fiberglass): But I am using more spray foam ...
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How can I keep water out of this window?

I see a mini retaining wall around that window for a pit but it's been filled with stones (and probably soil). Whoever did the grading job probably didn't understand why the pit was there and how to ...
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Chimney cleanout full of water. Basement leaking

Of course you’ll want to line/vent/cap it when you can, but if you can’t do that yet, and have reason the believe the water may be coming from below, you could test it (assuming you’re not currently ...
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One time High Exposure to Asbestos Drywall Dust

According to this site*, these manufacturers used asbestos in their drywall: Bestwall Gypsum Company Hamilton Materials, Inc. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc. Kelly-Moore Paint Company National Gypsum ...
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Are "surface mount" ceiling grid systems considered a "suspended ceiling" for purposes of applying the NEC?

Junction boxes are required to be accessible "Accessible" is allowed where ceiling panels easily remove, such as a properly constructed drop ceiling, which this is not. As such, junction ...
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Should vinyl plank flooring be caulked around a wall pipe?

Well, sure, but caulk isn't going to make your floor a boat. It'll slow things down somewhat, but even self-sealing floors have small flaws in their water-holding ability. A flood is a flood, and no ...
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