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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Concrete block wall. Trying to repoint before i frame and finish my basement. I got a dust shroud shop vac attachment for my makita angle grinder, Starting on a section of wall that is 11ft. wide x 80in. height. Can i just go ahead and rake 1/2in. of the mortar out of the whole wall at once, or...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Hi, I'm pooring a small basement slab soon here in Montreal QC, around 470sqft. The place will have a bathroom with a no-curb shower 3x5ft. I will also install pex tubing with appropriate rigid board insulation for radiant heat (I already have the boiler setup for the ground floor). My question...
  3. Building & Construction
    Need some advice from an expert. I am currently building a home in NJ. I stopped by the site to look at progress and noticed an irregularity in the basement wall. is this something I need to fight the builder to remove and redo, or will it be fine to just have it patched and filled In. I looks...
  4. Building & Construction
    We had a small amount of water coming into our finished basement after many days of heavy rain. Originally some LARGE waterproofing companies came out and said "looks like it's coming between the wall and floor at the cold joint - you need a basement drain and a vapor barrier running up the...
  5. Insulation
    I have read just about everything I can on insulating basement walls on the internet. Unfortunately there is conflicting opinions and recommendations just about everywhere which makes the entire thing more confusing. Figured I should ask my specific question here to see if I can get any...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey. I need to pour concrete in a select section of my basement measuring approx: 11ft x 16ft x 1.2in and I had a few questions regarding what's the correct thing to do or what can I get away with. 1. Can I pour concrete over tile? The tile is in good condition, but would be a paint to remove...
  7. Drywall & Plaster
    Is there such a thing as 4-1/2’ x 10’ drywall sheets? I have high basement ceilings, but I can’t get 4-1/2’ x 12’ sheets of drywall into my basement.
  8. General DIY Discussions
    hi everyone, new to this forum and new to diy. Just bought a condo and started to do some remodeling... unfortunately found black mold behind the baseboards. It is considered a basement unit so the floor is concrete. I was planning on putting new baseboard and new vinyl flooring but now ran into...
  9. Plumbing
    Hi all Looking for help identifying (or affirming) some roughed-in plumbing in my basement. I can confidently say (#2) is for the toilet, (#1) for shower, (#3) drain for sink, (#4) venting... Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
  10. Building & Construction
    I have been reading a lot of good advice on here regarding fire blocking but I still have a question. My concrete wall has 2" XPS foam board and my framed wall is about 1/2" to 3/4" away from that. I'm using unfaced insulation batts as fire blocking from the top plate down 16" as the code says...
  11. Painting
    Today I am ready to prime my freshly installed and finished basement drywall. It appears there are many options. I originally settled on Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Interior/Exterior Water-Base All Surfaces Prime however now I am reading that I should have a PVA primer. Will the Bulls Eye work...
  12. Building & Construction
    I have a couple of partially/fully sub-grade rooms I am redoing in my house; the foundation for both is all cinder block. I have some questions about proper wall prep/construction. The room in the picture below is only about 4.5 "blocks" below grade, but had water issues before I had a french...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    I need to replace the sill and rim joist on the back of a house due to water/termite damage. I was going to get a couple jack posts and put them under a 6x6 to lift or at least support the joists while I wrangle the old rim joist and sill out to replace them. Problem is my basement has low...
  14. Remodeling
    Hello, I am looking for some advice for my next basement framing project. The Basement is partially exposed and has a diagonal foundation wall which I would like to frame around. Image is below for reference. I am not a fan of the half cement half drywall wall (Hard to hide the pipes, hide...
  15. Windows and Doors
    Hello Everyone, I'll keep this short. I'm new here and new to DIY. I took on the project of finishing my basement (I know, I know....). I was hoping someone could help me with how to finish around this window. I have three just like it. What makes this different than most window projects is...
  16. General DIY Discussions
    I am getting water in my basement which is directly under my front porch. This happen when we get heavy rain. *sorry the attachments are sideways, not sure why that happened* My deck floor is made out of pressure treated wood (see Front Porch attachment). I'm not sure what is underneath it...
  17. Building & Construction
    I'm 71 and the house is a year or two older than me. Basement stairs need a redo. The basement stairs follow the line of the stairs to the second floor and there is not much I can do about that. The treads are 2x10 nominal x 36 approx. The three stringers appear to be fine. But the treads...
  18. General DIY Discussions
    Had a home in Michigan inspected earlier this week. Mostly minor issues, but one thing worries me. I attach three pictures from the crawlspace. The block walls look to be in bad shape, and you can see that there is water under the vapor barrier. It's been very dry here for the past few weeks...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I recently purchased a home and uncovered a small damp spot on my basement floor that is condensing through the floor no matter how much I dry it up. The previous owner seemed to have kept a bag of calcium on top. There are no cracks. Should I be concerned? I attached pictures for...
  20. Plumbing
    I'm trying to understand how the ejector pump is being used in the building I'm currently helping manage. The building is 3 stories and there is a garden/basement unit too. The garden unit was built approx 10 years ago (although the building is a century old). In the garden unit there is a sump...
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