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    difficult wall opening repair question

    Hi, we have openings behind our floor-level kitchen cabinet, and mice keep getting in through them. The cabinet's almost 2 feet deep so it's not an easy area to reach. I'm hoping if I just close the openings in the wood around the pipes, the open cabinet backing won't matter. That would leave...
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    intermittent darkening of stone tiles and strong mildew smell in house extension

    The addition is built on a concrete slab but the flooring is raised up above the slab by 2x2's or 2x4's (which I called floor support, sorry I don't know correct terminology).
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    intermittent darkening of stone tiles and strong mildew smell in house extension

    Not exactly sure what you mean but here are photos I took after removing the first deck board. The first photo is aimed at the slab right under the slider door; the lower piece of wood is the first deck frame piece, the upper piece of wood is the extension floor support. The second photo I...
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    intermittent darkening of stone tiles and strong mildew smell in house extension

    You are probably right about the drip flashing (see photo) however the 2nd floor roof extends about 1.5 feet past the wall, so is a drip flashing necessary? Yes, the deck is almost a foot above ground, and the extension floor is maybe an inch higher than the deck. The driveway in front of the...
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    intermittent darkening of stone tiles and strong mildew smell in house extension

    I will do that this week and report back, thanks.
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    intermittent darkening of stone tiles and strong mildew smell in house extension

    I don't know if it's waterproofed, but we had chimney people here a year or so ago, I know they checked it out and replaced the liner.
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    intermittent darkening of stone tiles and strong mildew smell in house extension

    You mean the siding on the outside of the house, correct? Can you explain what "grade" means and why being close to it is a red flag? The bottom of the siding ends behind the first deck board (see photo) and the deck is maybe a foot or a bit less above ground.
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    intermittent darkening of stone tiles and strong mildew smell in house extension

    Yes the chimney is located along the right side of the extension halfway back and it has a cap. The roof of extension is pitched down from center to front & back, with a gutter on each side. It was redone a couple years ago. The photo shows the extension -- that front wall is where the mildew...
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    intermittent darkening of stone tiles and strong mildew smell in house extension

    Hi, we have an extension to our house built on a slab, and the ground floor room has developed a strong mildew smell for the first time since we moved here in 2006. It started last weekend, after a few days of heavy rain, and by Monday was overwhelming. There are no water pipes under or in the...
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