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Old 02-25-2012, 06:48 PM   #31
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A few more pictures showing the front of the basement. Each of our well windows has not officially leaked. Can't wait to rip those out as well...
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #32
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Can anyone tell me what type of rodent does this to wood? (last 2 pictures). When I took down the ceiling drywall, there was a ton of droppings, within that section of drywall, between the joists...
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No egress windows? Sounds like a death trap to me.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:38 AM   #34
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Yea, after reading in here, I would have loved to do that in the back of the house, but I had a stamped concrete patio poured in the entire yard, up to the foundation... The only other window is the very front of the house. Is it smart have an egress window in the front of the house?? If I can get some opinions, I may just do that instead...

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Yea, after reading in here, I would have loved to do that in the back of the house, but I had a stamped concrete patio poured in the entire yard, up to the foundation... The only other window is the very front of the house. Is it smart have an egress window in the front of the house?? If I can get some opinions, I may just do that instead...

Thanks for bringing that up!
I believe egress windows should be located in all bedrooms and living areas. Do you have a permit?
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Any progress?

It sounds like he's just making one large living space. Would he still need an egress window?
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It sounds like he's just making one large living space. Would he still need an egress window?
I always thought the rule of thumb was you needed "two ways out" of any living space?
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Basements require an egress window/door in addition to, the stairs up to the egress (usually front) door. If a bedroom is in the basement, that (bedroom) requires egress and will cancel the basement egress.

"R310.1 Emergency escape and rescue required.
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habitable attics and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening. Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms, emergency egress and rescue openings shall be required in each sleeping room. Where emergency escape and rescue openings are provided they shall have a sill height of not more than 44 inches (1118 mm) measured from the finished floor to the bottom of the clear opening. Where a door opening having a threshold below the adjacent ground elevation serves as an emergency escape and rescue opening and is provided with a bulkhead enclosure, the bulkhead enclosure shall comply with Section R310.3. The net clear opening dimensions required by this section shall be obtained by the normal operation of the emergency escape and rescue opening from the inside. Emergency escape and rescue openings with a finished sill height below the adjacent ground elevation shall be provided with a window well in accordance with Section R310.2. Emergency escape and rescue openings shall open directly into a public way, or to a yard or court that opens to a public way." From: http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...2_3_sec010.htm

Minimum size egress window: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q...33otStRi7Aff7g

Better to get a permit for the paper trail for your H.O. Insurance carrier and not get hit when time to sell. May require removing all your basement work to close the sale and a possible fine. Saying nothing of a fireman with an oxygen tank on not able to rescue someone down there ....

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So its been a while since I updated you with pictures. All I have done recently is try to tear down the bathroom which is the last standing room in the basement.

And what do I find? A bunch of mold growing on the concrete block in the corner... I have a waterproofing company coming Monday to give me a free foundation inspection, so we shall see...
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Just a few more pictures of what I did last night until 8pm... I have since cleaned both the full front wall and full back wall with a straight bleach spray and scrubbed using a hard bristle brush. The mold on the walls are pretty much gone.

Also, I took up the tile in the bathroom. WHAT A PAIN IN THE A$$!!!

The last picture shows where I cut out the copper pipe from the shower and capped it with 2 shark bite ball valves. First time I ever used them and they are great! I have to admit, I was afraid to turn the water back on with them on, but they are holding...
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A fridays night work in the basement...
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I can't believe how much more garbage I'm taking out. My floor was clean and swept, now it looks like this again...

I also spray foamed the bottom of the sill plate at the front and back of the house.

Clean up starts tomorrow and I'll keep you posted.
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Starting the rim joist insulation. Purchased a 2in x 4ft x 8 ft piece of XPS foamboard from Lowes for 30.00 and cutting to fit. Prior to inserting foam, all 4 sides of the rim joist were caulked. One day at a time....
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Great pictures, looks like you're getting it cleaned up pretty well, I've got a similar project coming up on my part in the next 6 months or so, not looking forward to the clean up.
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Quick question for the crowd... Whats the best way for me to break up the concrete where the bathroom was? Jackhammer or rotary hammer? I need to dig up the floor as well as knock down the lip that was created.

Thanks Mike. Yea, its a royal pain in the a$$. I've taken probably over 2-3 tons of garbage out of the basement (wood, drywall, etc) over the past few months. But I've learned so much doing it on my own, watching video tuts and listening to the guys on here. For the pros to take the time and give free advise means a lot to me and I know means a lot to everyone on here.

If you have any questions about my specific project or want pictures of anything else, please let me know.

PS -- All my photos were taken with my iPhone 4s.

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