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DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 08-23-2011, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,937
Posted By CyFree
Hi jmc Actually, a typical home would need...

Hi jmc

Actually, a typical home would need both the french drain and the sump pump.

The french drain's job is to collect the ground water around the foundation, thus relieving the hydrostatic...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-13-2011, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,858
Posted By CyFree
Hi Inspector D, I did mistakenly post the...

Hi Inspector D,

I did mistakenly post the 2001 (yeah, I need better glasses) link but these reports are published annually and there is a 2011 version as well.

I completely understand your...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-08-2011, 07:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,858
Posted By CyFree
Remodeling Magazine's 2001 Cost vs. Value Report...

Remodeling Magazine's 2001 Cost vs. Value Report (http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2010/costvsvalue/national.aspx) can help you calculate that.
It gives you an idea of the average cost for some of the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-02-2011, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,581
Posted By CyFree
Don't forget air sealing!

Here's one more thing for you to look into.

The moisture in your attic might be due to humid air from the conditioned area and your basement (or crawl space), leaking into the attic due to the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-02-2011, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,762
Posted By CyFree
Even if you plan to sell the house "as is" it is...

Even if you plan to sell the house "as is" it is a good idea to get a professional written estimate. For a number of reasons:

- As InspectorD said, you will have to disclose it and if you do not...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-02-2011, 08:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,762
Posted By CyFree
I agree with InspectorD. It does look like you...

I agree with InspectorD.
It does look like you have sinking slab problem, which is unfortunate, specially since you've only owned the home for 3 years!
But you shouldn't be alarmed at this point....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 09-28-2009, 08:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,464
Posted By CyFree
The problem with the drain tile configuration you...

The problem with the drain tile configuration you have is that it will rely on gravity to discharge the collected water into the storm sewer system, if the pitch isn't just right towards storm drain,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 09-11-2009, 11:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,181
Posted By CyFree
According to the US Center for Disease Control,...

According to the US Center for Disease Control, if the carpet was wet for more that 48 hours, it should be removed and discarded, because of mold concerns. In other words, that is how long it takes...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-10-2009, 07:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,516
Posted By CyFree
Hello Blue... A friend of mine wrote this...

Hello Blue...

A friend of mine wrote this nice book on Foundation Repair which she made available online and for free.
It has a lot of useful information about types of soil, common causes of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 07-31-2009, 07:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,762
Posted By CyFree
According to the EPA and the Center for Disease...

According to the EPA and the Center for Disease control, there is no safe or effective way to remove mold from porous and organic materials. These need to be taken down and discarded.

You will...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-17-2009, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,997
Posted By CyFree
I agree... seal the concrete as best as you can...

I agree... seal the concrete as best as you can and count on having to reseal it every once in a while.

Brick is extremely porous and soaks water like a sponge. The problem with it is that, in the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 07-17-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,722
Posted By CyFree
I am thinking a sectional that you can bring down...

I am thinking a sectional that you can bring down piece by piece, or something you can bring in boxed and then assemble yourself in the basement, like some Ikea modular furniture.
Did you check your...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-17-2009, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,875
Posted By CyFree
As always, InspectorD is right on the money :) ...

As always, InspectorD is right on the money :)
You really need to do your homework and get a couple more opinions, specially when it comes to foundation issues.
However, since you are eager for...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-14-2009, 07:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,347
Posted By CyFree
Does it leak all around the perimeter of the...

Does it leak all around the perimeter of the basement or just in one spot?

Basement leaks like the one you describe are caused by an over saturated soil around the foundation. That soil which was...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-13-2009, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,692
Posted By CyFree
Hi Steve.. Some building codes in US still...

Hi Steve..

Some building codes in US still insist in recommending crawl space vents, and that might be the case in TN, which is why you see the new homes being built that way.

Some codes...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-13-2009, 08:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,428
Posted By CyFree
Alternatively, you can have a new drain tile...

Alternatively, you can have a new drain tile installed inside your basement, along the the perimeter of your basement walls.
It works just like the external drain tiles, collecting the water and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-02-2009, 09:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,682
Posted By CyFree
Most basement finishing systems are usually sold...

Most basement finishing systems are usually sold and installed by manufacturer's dealership network.

Hardware stores, however, carry some brands of basement wall systems and they carry generic...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-02-2009, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,682
Posted By CyFree
It doesn't seem to me that the article is...

It doesn't seem to me that the article is discussing drainage and de-watering systems but finishing systems, and pointing out that basements are prone to moisture from a number of sources, including...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 07-02-2009, 07:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,816
Posted By CyFree
The grading and extending the water spouts will...

The grading and extending the water spouts will definitely help. The main cause of basement leak is an over saturated backfill. That soil around the foundation, which was dug out so that hey could...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-01-2009, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,682
Posted By CyFree
Here's my advice. 1- Avoid using the wood...

Here's my advice.

1- Avoid using the wood frame, fiberglass, drywall combo in the basement, unless you love remodeling and would like to refinish your basement several times over the years.(and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 07-01-2009, 07:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,622
Posted By CyFree
Mold means moisture

One thing is sure. If there is mold there is moisture.
Mold needs two things to grow:
1- organic matter in which it feeds (in this case the drywall and probably the latex in the paint as well)
2-...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 07-01-2009, 07:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,816
Posted By CyFree
A lot might be happening, depending of the type...

A lot might be happening, depending of the type of baseboard system you have there.

The system might be needing to be flushed, it might've been installed without the proper pitch. These systems...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-22-2009, 07:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,692
Posted By CyFree
Ventilation is not a good idea indeed and I will...

Ventilation is not a good idea indeed and I will try to explain why. Because of the way it is built, your basement harvest temperature from the ground and the above floors, so the temperature in...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-18-2009, 03:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,692
Posted By CyFree
I am not allowed to indicate companies or...

I am not allowed to indicate companies or products in this forum, so I will recommend you to "google" crawl space liner or crawl space vapor barrier to locate suppliers.

Drain tiles are usually...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 06-17-2009, 09:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,120
Posted By CyFree
I side with the other forum members on this, as...

I side with the other forum members on this, as Zoeller pumps are indeed superior and know to last many many years.

I suggest you look into a sump pump system called TripleSafe, which includes...
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