10:13AM | 04/29/04
Member Since: 04/06/03
4 lifetime posts
Building a new house and considering using poured walls for basement. I've heard that they are up to 4x stronger than block. How common is cracking and are they more likely to leak?


11:59PM | 04/29/04
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
In 26 yrs we have prolly EQUALLY waterproofed block and poured walls,IMO depends on the builder(his laborers),kind of soil built on and compaction of the soil,proper width and depth for footing,and backfilling against the walls. If I was building a new home I would use a very thick TAR on the walls & place visqueen over the tar AND backfill with 100% peastone...from the footing up to within 6 inches of the grade.The damp-proofing means used now hardly amounts to much and the way the walls are backfilled can cause any wall to crack(by pushing heavy soil,broken-cracked bricks,blocks,roots,and other garbage against newly built walls with heavy equipment). And it wouldn`t hurt on poured walls to fill-completely pack rod holes with hydraulic cement and to put hydr cement cove along the isolation joints before applying thick tar. Sometimes there are small imperfections(openings)along those joints( where footing and wall meet on the outside) and unlike a block wall where there is a cove applied,poured walls have no cove applied along that!


01:35PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Poured concrete can be installed in thinner wall sections and still achieve greater compaction and tensile strength than thicker amounts of block.

Poured concrete has a better lateral strength unrinforced than does block.

Poured concrete, as will any concrete, routinely crack, however.

Poured concrete is far more extremely difficult to repair, remodel or replace han block.

Both cost about equally the same.

My personal preference remains for concrete block because it is much more flexible to deal with and alter over the long term.


10:17AM | 06/07/04
Member Since: 06/06/04
2 lifetime posts
What about Superior Wall - precast foundations. We are building a new high end home near a river inlet in Red Bank NJ. Basement floor will be 5 to 10 feet above water table, good drainage away from house. My main concern is the Builder want to use Precast because it's cheaper and he doesn't have to wait for concrete guys. (current wait time is 3 to 6 months) I'm unsure about reliability and durability, cost generally not a problem within reason.


07:07PM | 06/09/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Superior Walls are fine so long as they are engineered to handle your overall loads and lateral pressures.

Ultimatley your building code enforcement office gets to make the call.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Handscraped finishes join the rustic, old-world feel of antique flooring with the durability and simplified installation b... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon