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  1. Insulation
    Situation: Single family home built 1995. Cold kitchen floors in the winter. Directly below the kitchen is a completely unfinished crawl space. It seems like they laid vapor barrier down, and gravel on top. There was batt insulation between the joists, but it's fallen down and needs to go...
  2. Building & Construction
    Hello All, I'm new to the forum and seeking some help. I just recently hired a contractor to redo my support columns throughout the crawl space and noticed the back kitchen wall still was sagging a bit and seen that the wall in the crawl space no longer had a bottom plate. I really need some...
  3. General DIY Discussions
    Hi, I’m having some work done at the house and I went downstairs to the basement tonight from all the rain that we’re getting to check to see if there was any water coming into the crawlspace. Anyway I noticed that the hatch or panel if you would, to the crawlspace wasn’t flush. When I tried...
  4. Building & Construction
    I have a wet crawl space and have had a couple contractors out to give me their recommendation on correcting the issue. The last one proposed something that has me thinking, so I would like others’ opinions. He recommends a trench drain around the inside perimeter of the crawl space with a sump...
  5. Insulation
    Hi, new member here. I am renovating a 25’x20’ guesthouse in a wooded area next to a pond in Wisconsin. So it is a damp climate that ranges maybe from -20 to 110 degrees at the extremes. The floor of the cabin is 10” joists over a 2’ crawl space of dirt. I encapsulated the crawl space the...
  6. Insulation
    I have an old house basement that is half crawl-space and the other half is an unfinished basement with stone walls. I have the furnace in the basement, so that actually it never gets cold in there during the winter I want to replace the existing 'ceiling' insulation that was poorly installed...
  7. 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...
  8. Drywall & Plaster
    I am planning to paint the exterior of my house. I have a number of fine hairline cracks in the stucco and I have a much wider one as in the photo that runs across near the crawlspace vents in the backyard. Also the paint that was embedded under dirt around the house is chipping when exposed...
  9. General DIY Discussions
    Hi, If I drill holes around an empty paint bucket, dig a hole in the lowest spot in crawl space with wrap it around some filter fabric and then and put it there: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Superior-Pump-1-4-HP-Utility-Pump/15125714 Is this an OK way? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Electrical
    Great forum here. I've been a lurker for years, but am finally posting a question... I have about a 60' 20amp Romex run that starts in the garage subpanel, goes through PVC conduit into the crawl space and then into PVC conduit again under the foundation to an outside jbox in the garden. I...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hey there, First time homeowner here (well, my girlfriend's house, actually) We're wanting to wire some stuff using the crawl space. Got all ready with the correct panels and holes, etc. went into crawl space Now I'm realizing it's only about 3 ft clearance (if that) and the HVAC conduit is...
  12. Electrical
    I'm running some 8/2 NM-B to a new pullout disconnect about 35' from my panel. My most direct route is definitely through the crawlspace. First question is does 8/2 qualify as a large enough cable to run on the bottom of joists or does it fall into the same category as 12/2 and require running...
  13. Insulation
    I'm interested in the best method for insulating my crawl. the house is 6' on center beams 2x6 T&G Boards. I have been told that each method is the best option. I stuff the floor... I am not 100% how to acheive this becasue of the span between the beams. Also, I have been told that...
  14. Building & Construction
    What are some standard materials to use for the ceiling of a crawlspace? The only thing I have heard so far is that it must be vapour permeable. And, I would like to add, that I am concerned about rodent ingress. I want to use loose-fill/blown-in insulation. And the crawl space is open, so...
  15. Insulation
    Hi - I have an 800 sf cabin in New York State that is built on piers and has a 2 foot crawlspace. The back wall and half of the sides are cinderblock and then the rest of the sides and the front are open. The cabin has no A/C. Would I be able to create a closed crawl space if I used plywood to...
  16. Building & Construction
    Hey guys, I am working on a new construction home in Colorado and have done most of the drawings myself. I really love a slab floor and it is one aspect I don't want to bend on. Most of my professional work is in concrete and the home has a lot in it. All of the exterior walls are full...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hi everyone, First post here, so hopefully I'm covering all the bases. We are in the process of building a french drain in our crawlspace, as we've had issues with water pooling in several locations. We have it designed for the most part, with one exception. We are not sure how to build the...
  18. General DIY Discussions
    I need some guidance. I have a 1940s cabin in the Pocono, Pa woods. The temperatures swing from season to season causing moisture issues in my crawl space. It is a 4 ft crawl space with 12"x9" vents and a vapor barrier over the dirt floor. A year ago I took out all of the old SOAKED fiberglass...
  19. Building & Construction
    Hi, We bot a new house and a large area in crawl space is perpetually wet. We received few quotes from contractors - some suggesting french drain, some suggesting de-humiidifiers, some suggesting tar liner etc.. Am confused - the quotes range from 3K-8K. Please advise what's the ideal way to...
  20. HVAC
    I am sealing my crawl space and putting down a vapor barrier but was also going to put in a dehumidifier. I was looking at a unit by Seaira Global and wanted to know what you guys thought. I searched but didn't see anything about it. Do you guys have any thoughts on this unit...
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