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CoreyMac 05-18-2009 10:47 AM

Question on Basement
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I have a question about my basement. I am currently building a new home they have pored the walls to the basement and I was wondering why they would put wood inside the top portions of the walls. I attached a pic anyone have any ideas


Scuba_Dave 05-18-2009 11:04 AM

Have you asked them?
That's the only way you will know for sure
Just the one piece?

CoreyMac 05-18-2009 11:06 AM

No it goes all the way around and then there is uprights in there too

Daniel Holzman 05-18-2009 11:21 AM

I do not see the wood you are referring to. Perhaps a closeup would help, or maybe add some arrows to the pictures.

CoreyMac 05-18-2009 11:33 AM

The piece of wood or stripe in running in the wall long ways and then there is pieces runing up and down they are inside the concrete you can just see the edge of the boards they actually put the boards inside the concrete

Daniel Holzman 05-18-2009 11:50 AM

That looks like part of the form used to place the concrete. Do you know how deep into the concrete the wood extends?

Gary in WA 05-18-2009 12:00 PM

Those are called sleepers------ for siding. Trying to cover the ugly concrete. Notice your grade elevation by the window well. Be safe, G

CoreyMac 05-18-2009 12:04 PM

I see well thank you very much I was confused by that.

CoreyMac 05-18-2009 12:06 PM

So do these affect the strength of the concrete at all?

Willie T 05-18-2009 12:44 PM

If this is the company that will be doing the rest of your house, you should be smiling. Sounds like you picked a good one... someone who actually pre-thinks his way through the construction. That quality is getting rarer by the day.

CoreyMac 05-18-2009 01:02 PM

Thanks Willie. This is my first home and Im pretty nervous about the whole thing right now im glad to here they are doing it correctly so far

Gary in WA 05-18-2009 04:11 PM

The J-bolt heights and spacing looks good (anchor bolts for mud sill).

Notice next door(same houses), the downspout leader to the ground, it should be on the pics. closest corner. Make sure they add it, (if not already), and tie it to the drain tile under the loose rock below (which looks good). Some temp. wire it up to the top of foundation before back-fill.

The sleepers look to be treated (good) wood, held in there with galvanized nails, heads protruding into wet concrete, or bevel cut, so they won't fall out.

When they spray or paint sealer on the below grade concrete, make sure they seal under the window well.

Does the basement window meet egress (escape) for a future bedroom or finished basement?

Will you be getting 7x7" roof vents (as the houses across the street) or a ridge vent?

Can you walk through an unfinished house?

If you need more info, just ask. Be safe, G

CoreyMac 05-18-2009 04:28 PM

We are actually having our forst meeting with the construction foreman on wednesday I ask to meet with him He said he would be glad to meet with me. I believe I will be getting the same vents but I will ask. Anything else I should ask him?

Gary in WA 05-18-2009 08:32 PM

Do you use that corrugated junk ducting for fans or dryer ducts? Do you seal all the duct (metal pipe) joints with foil tape? Even the individual elbow joints? Do you insulate and vapor wrap these ducts? Go through the roof instead of soffit? No screws in dryer duct. Two screws in fan duct at each joint.

Install continuous soffit vents next to the fascia, not the house? Only with ridge vent, use soffit, not gable round vent. Install it but seal it from attic.

Do you weather-tape all ply or insulation joints under vinyl siding? Or use Tyvek, tape the ends and overlaps? Weather-tape the windows?

Put a dollop of construction adhesive on the hangers before installing floor joists? (no squeaks) He may look at you funny, here.

Leave the required gaps between roof, wall, and floor sheathing? Another look....

Owner permission to take photos of every wall from the interior, just before insulation. (for future reference, save to disk)

Be safe, G

CoreyMac 05-19-2009 10:25 AM

Thanks G thats alot of good questions ill ask . Thanks for all your help talk to you soon


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