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  1. Flooring
    n the basement of my house (built in 1900) in NE Ohio...Half of the basement floor is finished, the other half is dirt floor covered by a few inches of crushed stone gravel (see pics). I had a mold issue, so looking to put a vapor barrier over the gravel floor. Also am getting slightly elevated...
  2. Roofing/Siding
    I live in a rural area without attic and only some walls with R13 insulation. I am considering NSF certified elastomeric paint to cover shingles for the purpose of collecting rainwater for potable uses. It serves to cover toxic shingles, acts as a cool roof as well as a vapor barrier. I am...
  3. Drywall & Plaster
    Just moved into my new home, an Old Queen Anne Victorian. There was a room sloppily added to the back of the house by some previous owner which had an over-powering mold smell on move-in. It is concrete block walls with stucco over that on the outside. Not sure is there is something between...
  4. Flooring
    I've pulled out the last remaining carpet in my home and am going to install laminate. The room has concrete slab (in my basement) and is unheated. It is damp (has no history of flooding), but moisture is something I'm concerned about. I've just had a friend recommend I put down a vapour...
  5. Remodeling
    I am in the planning stages of finishing my basement. Half of it will be used for a large bedroom and the other half is unfinished storage. Due to the lay-out of the floor plan, the sub pump will be located in the half that is finished. It has to be this way, no way around finishing the other...
  6. Insulation
    Hello all, location is NW Kansas. We have a "bonus room" that we are trying to achieve a comfortable temperature in so our daughter can move upstairs to a bigger room. It has knee walls all the way around, about 4' high. We recently tore out the sheet rock on the slanted ceiling portion to...
  7. Insulation
    The pictures show where the shower used to be. You can see the stucco is the only thing left in spots. The house is in zone 4c (Tacoma, WA), it was constructed in the early 1950s and the exterior wall, sill, rim joist and a few floor joists all needed to be replaced. Now that its done, it's...
  8. Building & Construction
    I am looking to finish my basement in the near future. My home was built in 2011 and is located in Minnesota. I have exterior insulation and poured concrete basement walls/footings. Does anybody know if I should add more insulation on the inside of the walls? If so, what kind? Since the...
  9. Insulation
    I hope I can explain my question thoroughly. I am in the process of finishing 1,200 sq. ft of my poured concrete basement. I have had the envelope of the house sprayed with 2" of closed cell foam including the 400 sq. foot crawl space. They also completely foamed the walls except for each...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hi, My home was built in the 1970s with a full basement; however, in the early 1980s two extensions were added using crawl spaces, rather than digging out a full basement. Each crawl space is vented, one has a dirt floor, the other is over the old concrete patio (which has multiple cracks)...
  11. Insulation
    First time poster here. I recently purchased a home (in August) and performed a complete interior renovation. Now I am into the basement and have an issue I'd love some feedback on. There is a finished room in my basement that covers two exterior walls (28' and 12', all other concrete walls...
  12. Remodeling
    Hello everyone! I'm looking for some advice on my basement remodel as I seem to have a situation I haven't been able to find an answer for. Some background: The house was built in the mid 60's and I have been living in it for 3 years now. It seems at some point there was water 'issues' in the...
  13. Insulation
    I am renovating a basement laundry/bathroom and have a question on insulation. I have glued 1" foam board to exterior cement block walls and then tuck taped all seams. i then put up a regular 2x4 wall about 5" from the foam because i needed to run dryer ducting and water pipes, my question is...
  14. Building & Construction
    I have been receiving different advice about where to replace a vapor barrier in a multi-layered wall. I have a cottage in a cold climate, and because of an outside leak had to do a major repair of the outside wall and structural members. The composition of the wall (outside to inside) is...
  15. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    i have come across different advice regarding the use of vapor barrier behind cement board. the Hardiebacker (which is what i am using for my bathroom) documentation does not mention anything about it but a book that i have does. should i use vapor barrier behind hardiebacker or not? thanks
  16. Building & Construction
    Here is my problem. I have land with a 30 x 40 ft slab on grade. Top is even with soil. I want to use this slab as pier foot pads. Code guy said I could dig a footer on 2 sides, cut slab and inset the other 2 footers. that woild leave the existing slab floating. Can't find out if wire or rebar...
  17. Insulation
    Hi guys, Trying to finally get my 2.5 car unattached garage insulated. I live in Chicago and will not be using the garage for much more than drinking in the winter and maybe some misc. projects here and there. It looks like I will have to go with R13, which is fine. My question is faced or...
  18. Building & Construction
    I'm about to pull my hair out as I've been searching the web, as well as, looked through the many posts on this subject here and finally just decided to post one of my own. It is becoming frustrating because one person or site says one thing and then there is another that contradicts what the...
  19. Insulation
    I have a small house that I just bought 24' X 32'. It is a 1951 GI style single story on a crawlspace. It needs new siding to replace the 12" clapboard style hardboard siding that is in really rough shape in some places. It has the 3/4" compressed fiber under sheathing and faced fiberglass...
  20. Flooring
    I am getting ready to put flooring in on a concrete slab floor. I am unsure if the previous owners installed the vabor barrier under the concrete or not. During the summer the concrete sweats in some spots due to humidity I assume, because it only happens on real hot days, not when it rains...
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