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  1. Root cellar under garage

    Building & Construction
    Our home has a root cellar under our garage. It has a dirt floor, and ceiling in boards, the insulation batting, then cement garage floor. Our garage is attached to our home, and is not heated (We live in northern Maine- cold winters!) The root cellar entrance door is in our regular basement...
  2. Damp Spot on Basement Floor

    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...
  3. Moisture at bottom of vent stack at the hex adapter

    Plumbing
    I have moisture gather on top of the hex adapter where the 2 " PVC vent stack goes into a 3" tee. The hex adapter has slots on top that are filled with water. There is no moisture on the stack pipe itself. There are copper hot/cold supply pipes in front, but they are not sweating either. What...
  4. Moisture damage above shower

    General DIY Discussions
    Hello! First-time homeowner here, looking for some pointers on how to go about repairing my showers' walls, as well as any recommended upkeep. You'll see some pictures attached of some moisture damage that was inflicted upon the walls just above the tiling in my master BR shower. It started...
  5. Middle Level Garage Floor Insulation

    Insulation
    Hi there, I have a three story house with garage on the middle level. Underneath the garage is all finished basement space used as bedroom/storage. The basement ceiling (i.e., bottom of garage floor) is insulated. Now I'm converting part of the garage into a new bedroom. This bedroom floor...
  6. Leveling floor that meets drywall...

    Flooring
    I stupidly framed out my basement and put up drywall, which looks great. I then realized that I should level the floor - the floor drops 3-4" over 12' and it isn't flat, either. I want to use concrete to level the floor so that I have more flooring options. My drywall ends ~1" off of the floor...
  7. Zinser Ceiling Paint Bleeding

    Painting
    We painted our bathroom on Friday 9/15. We did not use the shower for over 24 hours after. We used a Zinser Mildew resistant ceiling paint. One that goes on Pink and dry's white. Our bathroom does get very steamy when taking a shower, we have a small ceiling fan vent that should remove...
  8. Condensation in Unvented Flat Roof - Rigid Foam Board Installed

    Insulation
    Hello! I have an addition on my house that was once a patio. They decided to box it in but leave the roof exposed/un-insulated. It is also un-ventilated without any central air and only a fireplace to heat it. I was looking to insulate that room to keep it warmer in the winter so I had a...
  9. Water in Garage

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi All, Wife and I had a home built last year and we had issues with water in the garage from day one- literally a stream running through when it rained (see pictures of Rio Grande). In November, they redid the drainage in the yard to divert water away and sealed part of the cinder blocks below...
  10. Shower in one bathroom causing moisture in the second

    General DIY Discussions
    We have two bathrooms side by side on our second floor. They both have the same exact layout (about 6'x7'). Both have their own separate exhaust fans (Nutone, 80CFM, 1.6amps), but share the same vent to the roof through a Y-shaped connector and flex 4" pipe. When we take steamy showers in...
  11. After tearing out subfloor, there's mold and moisture on slab

    Building & Construction
    Ever since we bought this fixer, it has had a musty smell that seems to come from a converted 'bedroom' that had formerly been a garage. When I tore out the wallboard to install insulation, I saw horsetail plants (moisture indicators) growing up the sides of the shiplap walls and into the...
  12. Exterior block exposure/moisture (and AC condensate drain) problem

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey everyone, This picture pretty much says it all. I bought this house a few years ago and I Ignored this problem until painting the exterior and figured this has to be dealt with. This drain has been chipped over the years, and started dripping into the block. Over time, it seems like the...
  13. Concrete Garage Floor To Living Room Floor

    Flooring
    We would like to convert our garage into a living room. It has a concrete floor. Sometimes, when rain is heavy, the concrete absorbs a little water, leaving parts of the floor moist. How should we fix this? Also, any other advice about changing over garages would be welcome. Thanks
  14. Brick/Chimney question

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We have a 19 year old home. A brick mason has told us that he cannot find the cotton wicks or "weeps" where the moisture should leave the chimney bricks above the roofline of the house. He suspects that the "box" built of lumber and plywood around our three fireplace vents might be rotting...
  15. Air Exchanger and Radon

    HVAC
    I'm looking for some advice with the following situation. I have a recently remodeled house with a full basement and a second story. I live in the upper mid-west with extremely cold temperatures. Last winter we had excessive moisture due to how tight our home is after the remodel. I installed...
  16. Bulging Interior Wall Paint

    Painting
    I am having problems with interior paint starting to come away from the wall. The interior wall was painted a few years back and recently I noticed some slight bubbling happening and not thinking too much about it...only that I would need to be doing some painting in the future. The area has...
  17. Moisture through brick wall

    Building & Construction
    I recently purchased a new house and had the previous owner repoint the rear brick wall because there was visible water damage and I assumed repointing the exterior and repairing the interior walls would fix the problem. This past weekend we got a decent amount of rain and now the new plaster is...
  18. Basement moisture/humidity issues

    Remodeling
    Hi, My wife and I just bought a house ~6 months ago in Hudson Valley, NY. It is a split level built ~1987, and has a finished basement (that is semi- below grade) and has a thin layer of old carpet on the floor. We are having some issues with humidity/moisture in the basement and are trying to...
  19. Bath Exhaust Fan Vaulted Ceiling

    Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Bathroom Remodel -- We are removing a wall which seperates the shower from the rest of the bathroom. With the wall gone I need to relocate the fan, as it will be sitting at the bottom of the vaulted ceiling. Should I move the fan as high as I can go on the 12' vaulted ceiling, or place it...
  20. Florida metal roof dilemma.

    Roofing/Siding
    I have a shingle roof that is getting on in age, and it has survived every hurricane to date with only minor problems. So we want to change the roof to a metal roof before the the next major storm makes that impossible. To do until next year. I received 4 quotes, and none mention replacing the...
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