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Old 06-29-2011, 06:30 AM   #31
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Looks like your basement steps and Bilco are the low spot in the whole property what about the drainage off the other building and the landscaping drainage ?? It might all flow right for your basement .

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Old 06-29-2011, 07:50 AM   #32
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Looks like your basement steps and Bilco are the low spot in the whole property what about the drainage off the other building and the landscaping drainage ?? It might all flow right for your basement .
The property does go downhill slightly towards the front of the house; especially the areas I've already regraded. But yes, the low spot on the property is right in front of the AC (just east of the bilco).
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:20 PM   #33
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Questions still standing:
  1. Cany I apply the waterproofing mastic to cream city brick?

    On the exterior, Yes.
  2. How big of a trench will I need?

    You will need to get next to the footing at the base of the wall and have enough room to maove safely. We typically shoot for about 2' at the base, with the trench widening out as it goes up.
  3. I'm likely adding a perimeter drain instead of replacing one; due to age?

    Maybe, maybe no. Is there any evidence that the draintile where tied into the floor drain at one time?
  4. Can I build a deck over the walk-out (have doors built into floor of deck)?

    You could, but I think a new Bilco style door would be easier to use if you didn't.
  5. Is it unhead of to pour a concrete patio/deck and have a drain in it?
Not at all unheard of, you obviously just need to have an area low enough for the drain to exit on your property. Drains are typically the lat resort as well, as their lifespan is never as long as simple surface drainage.

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Ok, so here is a rough render of a possible new backyard layout. All of our layout ideas are based on this retaining wall between the garage and the house..

So my previous questions + Can this work?
Yes, that can certainly work. It's just hard to tell for sure without any idea of actual dimensions & elevations.
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Yes, that can certainly work. It's just hard to tell for sure without any idea of actual dimensions & elevations.
It's a 4.1 degree slope from the garage to the house; drops 17 inches over 19 and a half feet.
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It's a 4.1 degree slope from the garage to the house; drops 17 inches over 19 and a half feet.
If you mean that it slopes away from the house at 4.1 degrees, you're golden. Something tells me that it's even more drastic of an angle than that though, but I didn't do the actual math.................
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If you mean that it slopes away from the house at 4.1 degrees, you're golden. Something tells me that it's even more drastic of an angle than that though, but I didn't do the actual math.................
Unfortunately, that is the slope up to the garage from the house. According to the book I'm reading; the percentage method gives a slope of 13.88%. My actual trig math gives me the ~4.0 degrees. (tan theta = opp/adj), tan-1(opp/adj) = theta , arctan(17/236) = .07 rad = 4.01 degrees.
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So.. the room comes down this weekend. I will then do an exact measure on the entire rear portion of the property...

I've been looking at: http://superseal.ca/dimpledmembrane.html
because I'm starting to research products.

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With the room mostly torn out; I'm wondering about a possible problem and wanted to ask about it as part of this thread...

It seems a lot of the dirt under the room was either being taken away somewhere by water or dug out by animals? I removed a couple of the cement blocks so you could see.

Take a look at the pics; how bad is this? Do I just clean up the blocks and go about the normal plan or is there something wrong here that the dirt looks like it is caving in?

Also... should I be starting a new thread or something? Not sure the best way to get more answers/input... :-( It's not my grammar iz iht?




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Hello,

So I've been cleaning up the yard; stacking the cement blocks (anyone want 84 cement blocks?)

I started trying to dig out the wood that was put against the foundation/etc; all of it extremely rotted. As I got things cleaned up. I noticed there was no mortar in the foundation blocks!!! I can also reach my hand in between the house and the foundation. I tried to dig deeper, but I have hit some strange dirt that my shovel has a terrible time with. You can see it as the orangish dirt in the pics.

Pictures are below. Questions are:

1. How do I temporarily protect this from rain/etc? I'm guessing I shouldn't take the bottom board off; I'm tempted to in order to investigate and take a good picture.
2. I'm wondering if they were possibly closing in the coal chute and were lazy about it? Making the rest of the cinder block foundation fine?
3. We plan to do exterior drain tile, so I'm thinking temporarily cover it and when the wall is excavated we can have it repaired as needed? Or does this require immediate action?
4. The dirt in the area is full of well.... crap. Bits of toy, melted plastic, old tile; old chunks of wood and pavement (not just cement, but what looks like the older pavement stuff). I've also been pulling out huge roots (inch diameter!). I'm assuming as part of putting in the drain tile; we'll need to not only move this dirt out of the way, but get rid of it - bringing in new dirt? Or will it not matter if we plan to do a paver patio?
5. I'm freaking out. This continues to get worse.




edit: Another important pic...


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Looking at your last photos, it appears that to the foundation to the right of the Bilco lacks a basement. Does the entire right side lack a basement? Looks like some of the cinder blocks were set on dirt. You're in Milwaukee. The frost line is about 48". I would investigate the depth of the support for that part of the house. If it goes down deep enough, you could potentially dig out the exterior. And then clean the foundation with wire brushes, etc. and repoint and parge.

You're getting a lot accomplished using this forum. Good luck. I sincerely hope you get this resolved without losing your shirt.

As for covering it. You could create a lean to type structure out of scrap lumber, covering it with plastic. This would keep direct rain off of the area. You still need to deal with the surface drainage.

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