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Are there any arguments against LED strings for crawlspace lighting?

TL;DR LED Other than nostalgia - which sometimes has something going for it, but not for functional lighting in a crawlspace - there are really only 4 reasons for incandescent lighting instead of LED ...
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How can I seal a foundation vent?

I'd suggest that the problem is the flower bed, not the vent. Grade should be reduced and sloped properly to prevent the problem. Consider rain gutters in the area. You could also switch to a flower ...
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What is the purpose of this indoor crawlspace grate/vent?

Yes, your neighbor is correct. It's for admitting fresh air into that utility closet where you have two combustion appliances. Without sufficient fresh air, the two gas appliances could deplete the ...
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What to do about moisture in crawlspace

There's three things you should explore here Waterproof the wall from the outside Make sure you have appropriate weeping tiles (they should be next to your foundation footings) Make sure the ground ...
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Can a bare 10 awg copper wire (ground for Starlink dish) be run underneath crawlspace w/o insulation?

It can be left bare Insulation is not required for antenna grounding electrode conductors, as per NEC 810.21(B).
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What to do with sewage filled crawlspace

Can I pump this out with an electric pump? To clean up puddles you need a suction machine like a shop-vac Can it go into directly into my septic tank? that seems reasonable Do I need to replace ...
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Will exhaust fans effectively remove moisture from my crawl space?

Fans are usually much cheaper to buy and run. I would start with one or more fans and try it out for a decent amount of time (more than a month) and see if you are happy. You might want one of those ...
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Tips or tools for drilling up at a weird / inaccessible angles

I've done this job many times in many tight places without anything more than a spade bit extension. It's usually just a matter of lining up the hole properly. Some tips: You usually want to come out ...
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How can I prevent rainwater from entering my crawlspace door?

As a rule, correcting water problems around a building mostly comes down to creating a slope (of the actual ground) away from the house, 1% being a typical figure for "minimum effective slope&...
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How should I insulate crawlspace joist bay for water supply lines?

Run the pipes against the floor, (or at least above the insulation), so they are at house temperature, not outside temperature or somewhere in between. Slightly below the floor might be better if you ...
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How can I seal a crawl space door near an HVAC vent?

Go to Home Depot or equivalent. Get some "rubber [or vinyl] foam self-stick weatherseal." It comes in various widths and thicknesses—you'll have to select what works best in your situation/...
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How can I close and seal holes in my foundation?

First things first, fix the grading, so that water drains away from the house. Gutters are optional, but without fixing the grading won't solve the problem. Grading alone can solve that problem, ...
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How do I drill into a crawlspace?

Yes, you can drill into that joist. I would not worry about your townhouse neighbor as this joist probably isn't shared with your neighbor, since it seems to be inside of the wall cavity (maybe under ...
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My neighbor has rodent issues which is causing me issues. What can be done from a code enforcement standpoint?

This is not an issue of "code", as that usually refers to enforcement of the building codes. This has to do with city or town ordinances, the local health department/board, and/or other town/...
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Are bare stacked bricks in crawlspace wall an issue?

Well, since nothing is resting on top of the concrete blocks on top of the loose bricks, it's not worrisome, because it's not supporting anything. It's just serving as a stone wall under your house, ...
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Can a bare 10 awg copper wire (ground for Starlink dish) be run underneath crawlspace w/o insulation?

According to The instructions the Ground rib on the cable satisfies UL requirements. The NEC is satisfied when UL (or other testing lab) is satisfied. But if you choose to supply additional bonding ...
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Are there any arguments against LED strings for crawlspace lighting?

If it were me, I'd run LED tape. It's low profile, generally bright enough for most applications, and relatively plentiful. You can wire them directly into a circuit if need be, or a switched outlet. ...
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Are there any arguments against LED strings for crawlspace lighting?

I have found that old Christmas lights work great. A few light bulbs burned out on our Christmas lights. My wife wanted to get rid of them. I hung them up in our crawlspace and it makes a huge ...
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Are there any arguments against LED strings for crawlspace lighting?

LEDs are a perfect solution. Current LED strips are waterproof, flexible and easy to install. You can buy outdoor versions typically used for holiday lighting (the white ones). There's many choices ...
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How do I identify the source of water coming into my basement?

There are many possible causes: a spring under your house, the level of the water table coming up because of rain, seasonal changes, or soil temperature, water from the nearby storm drain finding a ...
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Should I fill trenches along the foundation in my crawl space for stability?

No. Foundation walls generally don't depend on soil for stability. The trench you see is simply the result of targeted excavation for the footings under the walls. This is common and saves cost. ...
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Is it safe to put thin insulation board on the bottom of joists in crawlspace?

If this is about comfort then there are options. If you expect to re-coup your material money packback will likely be 10+ years. I'd start with adding roxul to the joists bays and then use intello ...
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Does this look like mold? (Mold test negative)

Judging by the floor decking type and apparent age of the lumber I'd venture that the bridging slats are simply reclaimed lumber which was originally painted white for some other purpose. This was ...
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Proper Ventilation of a Wet Crawlspace

I would try to mount a small fan in either the closet opening (and blowing into the crawl space), or in the vent on the exterior wall (blowing outward). This will keep crawl space air from migrating ...
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Crawl space mono post kicker?

Ok, so a kicker is the 'blocking' for metal work? It's so the beam can't wrack; be kicked over. Ask if it has to go to the mono post (the wut?), or if only to each other, and if it needs more than one ...
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How should I go about removing moldy plywood and plastic from my crawl space?

Yes, you might be able to tackle this on your own, however, are you going about it the right way is the bigger question. Mold can be extremely dangerous. When mold is disturbed, it releases spores ...
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Is this mold in the crawlspace? Flip or flop?

The black spots look like mold. This is not necessarily a deal killer, as in exposed places like this (floor joists in a crawl space) the mold is relatively easy (and cheap, compared to the cost of ...
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Is this mold in the crawlspace? Flip or flop?

As mentioned by others they look like water stains. But the flippers may have fixed the problem. You should get it tested for moisture content. Buying a house is a big investment. I always hire an ...
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