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Old 06-05-2007, 08:26 PM   #1
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My basement slab is thin, I don't have an exact measurement but it's from 1958, and I know it's thinner than a standard slab you'd pour today. Anyways...

It's not in great condition. There's no cracks but there is some pitting and parts where the surface is just rough from water over the years.

There seems to be a permanent bit of dampness in the slab. No water ever collects, but it just has large sections of darkness associated with water saturation in about 40% of the basement.

Aside from a new slab, I've seen those raised flooring tiles at home depot. I've heard people talk about them, do they work? They have a sort of plastic frame on the bottom that keeps them 1/2" or so off the gound allowing airflow, and the top is like an osb material. It was $1.50 a sqft I believe. I don't want a finished basement, just a decent floor for my workshop/jam spot.

Any other options or should I just save up for the new slab, which will take at least a year or two

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Aside from a new slab, I've seen those raised flooring tiles at home depot. I've heard people talk about them, do they work? They have a sort of plastic frame on the bottom that keeps them 1/2" or so off the gound allowing airflow, and the top is like an osb material. It was $1.50 a sqft I believe. I don't want a finished basement, just a decent floor for my workshop/jam spot....
You could do that. We like the product (Dricore Flooring). It's not cheap.
LINK: http://www.dricore.com/en/eIndex.aspx

Do your pricing on it. Their website has information on how to calculate the amount of their product that you will need to do an area.
LINK: http://www.dricore.com/en/calculator.aspx


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That's the product I was thinking of...

So this will really work for a damp basement, huh?
I'm going to tape a piece of 6-mil down and see how wet it gets, I'll try to post some pictures tomorrow.
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FWIW - If you have a ''damp'' basement, the first rule - is to fix the damp issues - before you do any kind of work on it.

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well, do I really have any options at this point besides replacing the slab, which I simply can't afford for at least a while.
What about those paint on sealant products, do you recommend any of those?
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....What about those paint on sealant products, do you recommend any of those?
There's Drylok:

http://www.ugl.com/drylokMasonry/mas...ofer/latex.php

http://www.ugl.com/drylockFaq.php

Zissner's:

http://www.zinsser.com/product_detail.asp?ProductID=77

http://www.rustoleum.com/product.asp...t_id=696&SBL=5

Other:

http://www.amesresearch.com/basement.htm

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