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  1. Floating Slab Water mitigation - what am I looking at?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, Hoping someone can help me understand how our house was built and what we can do to mitigate water. House was built in the 80s, upstate NY. Clearly it's a floating slab: avg .5" gap around entire perimeter with old, rotted felt slab is about 6" deep sitting on top of plastic which...
  2. Flooring options for mountain cabin

    Flooring
    Hello, I'm in the process of purchasing a mountain cabin where the average low temperature for 6 months out of the year is below 40 degrees fahrenheit. The average high temperature during those same months is ~20 degrees higher during the afternoon. Given there is occasional snow and lots of...
  3. wet cellulose insulation.. Good or bad, why?

    Insulation
    Hello, I'm deciding on insulation. I don't want fiberglass, spray foam is out of my price range.. Every time I research Wet Cellulose Insulation I find people arguing about it. Some say its great, some say its bad, some say it causes mold, others say that's because it wasn't allowed to dry...
  4. Wet uninstalled R-30 fiberglass rolls

    Insulation
    Can wet uninstalled R-30 fiberglass rolls be dried & used? Is there any way to dry and uncompress rolls of R-30 unfaced fiberglass that got wet? I had some rolls covered on a tarp outdoors when heavy rains hit. Water collected on the tarp and soaked into the bottom of 5 rolls through some...
  5. Rain down furnace vent

    HVAC
    Hi, Had a torrential rainstorm here in So. Cal. yesterday with heavy sideways-blowing rain. Heater (a Payne high efficiency, probably from early 90's) was working great, then we went out for a few hours and so we turned it off. Came home to find it will not fire up. Upon inspection I found...
  6. Advice needed! New roof half-installed and it's raining!

    Roofing/Siding
    I'm doing a complete remodel of my house during the wettest California winter in years. Needless to say, the framing has been very wet several times, and now the partially complete roof is getting drenched. It's a two-story house with upper story setbacks on two sides. The roof has been...
  7. vinyl floor stained by a wet plastic bag

    Flooring
    A plastic grocery store bag that contained some frozen food was left out overnight and the contents thawed. The resulting cold moisture made the colored printing from the bag stick to and stain the white/gray vinyl flooring. It could even be the plastic bag itself that somehow merged chemically...
  8. Seeking wisdom for small drywall fix

    Drywall & Plaster
    Hello all I was wondering if some of you experienced folk could weigh in with your opinions on a pickle I'm in. A while ago, I noticed the paint between our bathtub and wall starting to bubble and peel. Turns out a small amount of water had been getting between the silicon sealant and...
  9. Window putty won't dry - wet atmosphere

    Remodeling
    I realise now that it wasn't the greatest idea that we've had but we decided to replace the putty on the interior of some windows recently. The reason that it wasn't such a great idea is that it is winter here now and the windows, being single paned, get a lot of condensation! The water is...
  10. Wet Concrete Walls: Painting apartments in China

    Painting
    Hello: New member, first post. I recently purchased an apartment in China. The DIY scene is small and the language barrier is something of a problem. A common problem with apartments in China is wet spots showing thru the plaster, at the baseboard level (up to 6 to 12 inches up from the...
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