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  1. Electrical
    I have an existing 3 wire (gauge?) romex cable running 300ft underground from my house to an irrigation pump. I need to add 10 more feet to the run. I need an underground waterproof connection to join the two romex cables. Where do I find such a connector? I see a lot of connectors for round...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Hello Everyone, Quick question, I want to install hardiebacker around my bathtub in preperation for porcelain tile. I'm seeing conflicting information regarding the gap beween the hardiebacker and the tub flange. In some cases, I see a small gap (1/8"), with thinset and cement board tape...
  3. ♻️ Green Home Improvement
    Hey everyone, I recently bought a home a split level ranch and will be doing a below grade demolition. The reason for the demolition is because we have increased moisture in our basement and wish to refinish it again with drywall. I am looking to use poly as a vapor barrier but need a little...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    Hello Everyone, I am new to the forums and am looking for some tips from others who might have already made the mistakes i am about too haha and help. I am going to build a indoor garden. I will be needing all kinds of advice but i guess i will start with floors. I want to install a drain...
  5. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Our bathroom is fairly small and has sloped ceiling wall. We installed a skylight in the shower. I’m very confused about where the tile should start and stop. I was planning on tiling up to the sloped part of the wall but my boyfriend says we have to tile the sloped wall because it will rot the...
  6. Drywall & Plaster
    Our new (to us) house has a damp foundation, it’s not an underground basement, it’s more like a first floor. We ripped out the drywall and flooring, had a perimeter drain and sump pump put in. Water is worse now, but I’m hoping the people who installed the drain and sump pump will fix it...
  7. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi, I hope someone can offer some helpful advice! I'm using a waterproof membrane system (alino) using their linear drain system. After the thinset dried I noticed that the drain tray is sitting a bit too high to allow full drainage!! I feel like filling that hole and smoothing out the angle...
  8. General DIY Discussions
    We are remodeling our shower, and have questions about waterproofing: 1. I have seen videos where people are putting the paintable waterproof membrane over their entire finished cement pan, even though there is a PVC liner under the pan. I was planning on doing this as well until I read online...
  9. 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...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hey all, I have [what might be] a dumb question.... I am working on enclosing my back porch, which is currently 3 open walls sitting on a cement slab. I keep reading that you just cutout the needed amount from the bottom/sill plate for the door to fall into after framing the whole wall. When...
  11. General DIY Discussions
    About to buy my first rental property but I am no expert in foundations. I plan to consult a foundation expert as well but figured I would see if I can get any insight first. This forum has helped me a lot in the past! No cracks in the block walls, however they are painted with the white...
  12. Building & Construction
    I decided last week that I wanted to build new kitchen cabinets. I need a temporary countertop, so I went with what I already had which is 3/4 inch maple plywood. It will be 1 1/2 inches thick once I add some strips of plywood around the bottom edges of the top piece. I need to seal it with...
  13. Building & Construction
    Hi - I am planning on installing a dimple board along my foundation walls that will go into my existing french drains. Going forward I want to ensure any water that comes in will go into my french drains. I had a couple of questions for the seasoned veterans on the topic. - Any issues with...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hey Fellas, I am planning to build an outdoor dry sauna. Ideally I would like to build a floating floor and would prefer not to pour a concrete slab in case the sauna needs to be moved one day (main plumbing drain will be directly underground). I would likely build it on Dek Blocks with...
  15. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The backside of our basement is completely above ground. However, sometimes after it rains, there will be small seepage spots on the inside of the basement wall. They are not large, just a few inches and are probably 2 to 3 feet from the basement floor. There also aren't many of them maybe 1 or...
  16. Roofing/Siding
    Hi, so I built a pergola over my small backyard deck about 5 years ago and it's held up great. We put lattuce on the roof for some shade, but it still got a lot of sun and it didn't help from the rain (obviously). This year we took off the lattice and lay pressure treated fenceboards on the...
  17. Roofing/Siding
    Hi, I had our roof re-done by a GAF certified Master Elite roofer recommended by our neighbor back in 2013. The roof is leaking now and my neighbor who has exactly the same problem still prefers to go seek for help from the original roofer. However, the original roofer was kind of slow due to...
  18. Building & Construction
    My very old house addition is only about a foot or two off the ground and is on piers. I have a foundation company fixing the fact that that a third of the addition is sagging SEVERELY into the ground — the two end supports had completely disappeared (maybe they were wood and disintegrated?)...
  19. Flooring
    I'm looking for basement flooring options and would ideally prefer a floating floor that is truly waterproof. I know of one product that is sold in the Netherlands - it's a PVC core, but it's very expensive to get here. Can anyone provide some suggestions? Solution must float as the concrete...
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