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Old 05-14-2012, 11:51 PM   #46
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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.
I would use a jack hammer. The extra weight will help break up the floor. dorf dude...

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Thanks Dorf Dude... The reason I asked was because I was reading that a jack hammer can also cause cracks through out the floor, not just in the area you are working on and some of the guys preferred a rotary hammer with a chisel?
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Thanks Dorf Dude... The reason I asked was because I was reading that a jack hammer can also cause cracks through out the floor, not just in the area you are working on and some of the guys preferred a rotary hammer with a chisel?
You could cut a slit with a grinder but that would make a big mess inside the house. I would have considered my self lucky if the jack hammer created extra cracks! Less work to do. I think that would be a 1 in a million worse case and your floor would have to be pretty crappy for that to happen. Not an expert, I learn as I go. dorf dude...
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So its raining, you know what that means for window wells...
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And I also found the water seepage on the front side too...
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Can anyone tell my why the rim joists are getting wet at the front of the house? This section is right under the concrete stoop for the front door...
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Just an update on the water situation on the front wall...

Thanks to the guys on this forum, we found that the front door threshold was the culprit. I sealed it with some Quad poly caulk, plus I'm having a storm door installed. Hopefully that solves "this" issue...
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That leaking is terrible. What kind of flashing, if any, is there outside? Water is just running in everywhere. Whats the plans at the windows? dorf dude...
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I plan on digging the window wells out and getting to the vertical drains, then back fill with some gravel. Right now, its just covered in mud.

Also, I'm in contact with a company who makes custom window well covers...

So trying from both angles on this one. Once I get these water issues out of the way, I can get back to more clean up and prep for waterproofing, insulating and framing

Thanks for your interest, Scott. You have a fairly big project on your hands too.
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Front water issue now solved... Installed an Anderson 3000 storm door with etched glass. Also added another thick layer of caulk around the threshold!

1 down, many to go!!

Thanks to all those who helped in other threads!

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Wow looks like you got a water leak issue to clean up!

I demolished my basement too when I bought my house because of similar issues. Funky smell lead to demolishing a small bathroom which lead to demolishing the whole thing. Weeping tile/ wall seal issues. Your issues seem easier to fix as they're above ground thankfully.

I would wait before fixing the walls inside, give it a year or two if you can, as if there's any leak issue it will be easier to tell if the walls arn't fixed inside. Then fix them as needed when you redo the basement.
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After digging as far as I could, here is a few pictures of the crack on the outside wall.

I plan on using some hydaulic cement and then going over that with some Blue Max liquid rubber...

Then call in the landscaping guys to regrade the whole yard and either plant sod or spray on some hydroseed.

PS - The water in the hole is from me power washing the wall to clean off all the dirt
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That crack looks kind of scary... almost seems like there is an issue with the footing and it's settling. I would get an engineer to look at that. If you fill it, it may just come back. Hopefully I'm wrong though, that would not be a cheap project to fix.
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I guess the only good news is that the crack isn't present on the inside wall... If water does go through the crack, does it soak into the wall behind it (concrete block) and the hydro static pressure builds, etc?
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Picked up some Acid Magic from the local Ace Hardware and went over all my walls. It has a slight smell, but nothing over bearing.

Tomorrow, the Radon Seal is being delivered and I will start to apply the 3-4 coats recommended followed by the Drylok Extreme.

I also spray foamed the edges of the floor joists.
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