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Old 07-18-2015, 08:17 AM   #1
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I know to this kind job right requires a lot time, money and equipment. I don't have the money and equipment, so that only leaves me with time and not a lot of that either.

I am digging out this area next to a basement wall that used to be an old coal pit. I want to make this wall as dry as possible and also install window for fresh air and natural light to come into that basement area. I don't have to make it a regress, but that would be nice if I can pull it off.

So here is my main question... if I dig a dry well that will drain below the foundation of basement floor

Will that help a lot with water intrusions in this area of the basement during heavy down pours?


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Have you thought about tying it in or adding an exterior weeping tile?

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Have you thought about tying it in or adding an exterior weeping tile?
Yes - but that would be a new trench running completely around the house.

This particular spot juts out and is mostly a problem because of improper downspout flow and leakage on the wall / opening because of old coal pit opening.

This going to be an experiment to see if it helps any during downpours.

The other benefits will be window light and air coming in to that basement area.

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That little pipe you see is really of no use

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I was surprised to find that after I started figging

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Install a drain in the bottom of the cutout and pitch it down draining away from the house. You could install a tree at the end or some pop up relief valves to allow the water to drain out a safe distance from the house. If your trying to stay away from digging a deep trench, you could put a pump inline on that drain and pump the water to another location through a smaller pipe. A good Rotary Hammer and fresh masonry bits will go a long way installing your window.
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So you see the inside part here which is just damp, dark wasted space.

The plastic covering over this old coal pit is just to keep that dark musty smell at bay.

So hopefully I can excavate the inside part also and create a bright dry regress to the outside and brighten up and eliminate this dinginess coming from this area.

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Oh I see. I wasn't sure about what you meant at the beginning. Thats going to be a good little project. Have you killed all the mold yet, that will do wonders for the smell and you can sit small bowls full of baking soda around to absorb the rest. Natural Charcoal and silica packs (desiccants) will also work wonders for smell and dampness. Both products are cheap.
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I will also have to excavate the dirt out from the inside it just used to be a dumping area for coal so then I will also need to add some structural support for the corner wall which is just a crumbling stone in sand mixture this thing is as old as the Stone Age literally

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Sounds cool! I'd build a temporary support beam on both ends then run a beam across the top to preserve the stone while you add your supports to both ends. You could even go back with the same stone and create a veneer over the front of the woodwork. Nobody will know from the outside that you've done anything to the stone, it will have the original look with the added wooden stability. Make sure you shore the ceiling and walls before you begin, you never know when that old construction may give way, especially if your going to be chipping and drilling for the new window.
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I was thinking of how support it while I demo the wall

The good thing is that it would still stand even if I took out that corner wall since it is just a small out post and the main weight bearing forces are on the main outside wall

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