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Help! I need to fix leaky cracks in basement floor

High ground water level has to be addressed. It could come from anywhere depending on the slope. There are a number of products to fix/cover cracks however that might be only short therm solution. It ...
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How would you approach this basement drywall repair?

I would make very thin furrying strips, just for support, or use a metal mesh. Then use the traditional plastering method of sequential layers of hot mud, adding 1/8" to 1/4" at a time until ...
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How high can baseboard heaters be installed?

Sure you can. Expect to have cold feet, since there's no reason for the cold air sitting on the floor to move if the baseboards are set a foot above it. Circulation will pretty much stop at the intake ...
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How high can baseboard heaters be installed?

I'm not an HVAC technician, but I know of no common code restriction that would prohibit doing so. It's also true that many radiant heaters are taller than 12", so such a limitation would be odd. ...
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Drainage issues for a wet basement

Wow. What a mess. The water is a mess and the advice (from contractors) is a mess. #1 - If you pay for services that you are paying more than 5k for, there should be actionable results. Meaning ...
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Drainage issues for a wet basement

You have to get the water away from the house. If current methods aren't enough add more. There is always a bigger pipe, a bigger trench, a bigger pump. Or fill in the basement.
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Drainage issues for a wet basement

Consider digging trenches on the outside yourself, next to foundation, while making sure there are no pipes or cables there. You can rent a trenchh diger for about $500 per week. Those can dig 18 ...
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How can I deal with a toilet drain rough-in that's too far from the wall?

Your walls are in the wrong location. My hunch is that both small pipes should be buried in a plumbing wall, and that maybe the wall at the other end is also out of position, which is why the space is ...
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What do I need for a small drain in a basement sauna floor with poured concrete?

You will need a side outlet drain. The dimensions is less than 3 inches high, so you have room to shim under the drain to get the 1/4" / foot slope that is recommended. You did not state what the ...
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How to best seal a concrete hole patch in basement slab?

If you're concerned about water coming up through your floor, sealing the surface won't really solve your problem. You need to look into perimeter drains of some form to prevent the water underneath ...
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How do I self-repair a section of crumbling basement wall, or should I hire a professional?

I seems the foundation isn't moving. The comment on salt may be the only reason for the concrete coating coming off. So I would say to remove loose material and recoat. There are materials that ...
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Finished basement ceiling insulation advice/questions

Fiber glass batting with a paper backing. You can staple it and it prevents the fiberglass from making a mess. Works really well. I would use it. Unlike plastic it acts as a vapor retarder. Not a ...
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Finished basement ceiling insulation advice/questions

"I've seen 6mil sheeting as a suggestion stapled to the ceiling beams, but I also read the counter that if that catches fire it would rain hot molten plastic down on anyone down there (seems bad)&...
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Vinyl or laminate in large basement?

Vinyl is better for your situation, generally speaking. It's not apparent that the concrete will stay dry, and laminate often contains a fiber core that's subject to swelling if it gets damp. Vinyl is ...
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Vinyl or laminate in large basement?

I have installed both laminate and LVP/LVT on concrete and wood floor surfaces. Hands down the LVP/LVT is a better choice. Laminate: Needs to acclimate before being installed. Will swell if moisture/ ...
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Vinyl or laminate in large basement?

The key is that it needs to be "flat" as much as the manufacturer recommends. Underlayment can take care of some imperfections. Underlayment fairs much better under laminate wood. If it were ...
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Replacing multiple 6” flexible ducts with rigid

Just remember that you've got a fixed amount of heating and/or cooling per unit time. The relative flow rate between different branches is how the system allocates this fixed amount of heating and/or ...
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