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bbrian224 09-29-2009 01:34 PM

Foundation repairs
When my house was built 12 years ago, the builder put this styrofoam board around the foundation of the house and covered it with a stucco type material. Most of the homes in this subdivision have this. I can tell this because it is apparent where owners have tried to edge the lawns with string weed eaters and the weedeaters have chewed through the stucco and pulled out pieces of styrofoam.

Anyway, about 3 years after I moved in I noticed termites eating through the drywall in my laundry. The termite guy said they were coming up behind the styrofoam and I should remove it. I did so. Of course the foundation looked like absolute heck under the boards. I managed to cover most of it with a quikrete surfacing cement, but I am still hot happy with it.

Long way to ask: How do I "pretty up" the foundation?

stadry 09-29-2009 06:28 PM

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you mean like this ? ? ? i can't imagine termites ruining either a block OR conc wall, tho,,, them's some bodacious HUMUNGOUS 'mites you got there !

concretemasonry 09-29-2009 08:48 PM

The termites get through and behind the foam and follow it up to the sill and framing. After than, they go wherever they are happy and not disturbed.


bbrian224 09-29-2009 10:39 PM

Itsreally: That is the general idea I wanted to do, maybe not so bold, but that is the idea.

Concrete: Exactly. Since I got rid of the foam, the termites are gone. The foundation just doesnt look nice. It looks unfinished. I was hoping for some tips on products/techniques for finishing it off.

stadry 09-30-2009 05:16 AM

dick or anyone, remember seeing a metal sill cap w/perhaps 3" drop on some older homes around richmond, va,,, bldg code rqmt, good bldrs, or common sense repairs ? ? ? iirc, copper, lead, alum, & galv - someone said they were termite barriers

stadry 09-30-2009 05:22 AM

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colleague did that work for a friend of his 1 weekend,,, you may've noticed casper ghost - there's also michigan's upper peninsula somewhere :laughing: he used elitecrete, a polymer-modified just-add-water bagg'd product,,, we use it in our work, too

bbrian224 09-30-2009 07:03 AM

That is very nice work itsrealconc. But are there any recommendations for the vertical portion of the foundation? I live on a sloped lot, and have anywhere from 8 - 24 inches of exposed foundation between the ground and the house sheathing/siding.

stadry 09-30-2009 07:10 AM

textured flat stone's easily done w/trowel & tape

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