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Old 01-07-2009, 09:44 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to finish a part of my basement. Today I was cleaning some minor effluescence off the poured concrete outside wall when I came across this hole. It seems to have dirt in it and I can probe a good 6 inches into it. Good news is it's probably been there a long time and shows no indication of having taken in any water.

I thought I'd fill it in with some kind of watertight cement patch and go on with my dry lock sealant, vapor barrier...etc.

So what do you all think? OK plan? any suggestions on patching material? And lastly, how the heck does somethingA hole in the basement wall-imgp2558.jpg like this happen?

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Dictyoptera Portlandis infestation. Call an exterminator.




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Can't really tell from that photo what is going on there... Can you post a better shot?
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uhhhh.....OK

Anyone with some constructive advice?
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Reilley, that last post of mine was not about you. I'll try to get a better picture. Thanks
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Maybe this is a little better pic. It's about 1.5 inch high in the center and about 7 inches side to side. It looks wet because I discovered it while I was washing the wall.A hole in the basement wall-imgp2561.jpg
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i'd wait til it dries & ck again visually & by ' sounding ',,, if it sounds hollow, chip out & patch as you post'd,,, if nothing happens, patch anyway,,, hydraulic's as good as anything else + you can buy small amts.
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handi....on a different note, are you doing anything with the floor? Those appear to be asbestos floor tile and should be tested for same before removing.
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If its a poured concrete wall then It appears to me when they poured the wall there could of been dirt at the bottom of the form which kept it from forming properly. and over time the dirt was cleaned away. BOB
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12 penny,

Thanks, I already thought about that. It's intact and I'm not going to disturb it.
I'll be covering it with either laminate or carpet.
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i'd wait til it dries & ck again visually & by ' sounding ',,, if it sounds hollow, chip out & patch as you post'd,,, if nothing happens, patch anyway,,, hydraulic's as good as anything else + you can buy small amts.

I agree. Hydraulic cement is fairly easy to work with (mix, stir, kneed, stuff). You can prepare the spot with a mallet and a cold chisel. Chip out the crack to form a > shape with the small side out. Hydraulic cement expands as it cures and this shape allows it to grab rather than push itself out of the hole. The instructions are pretty clear on the container.

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