The standard is to cover all the plywood with tar paper. Start at the bottom, lay across the slope and overlap by 3 to 4 inches. You need to keep...
Maybe you could cut a door or at least a window into the exterior foundation wall. Preferable next to an alley or parking lot. If you had an open...
One possibility is poor quality concrete in the original construction. Freeze/thaw or chemical reaction with the soil broke down the concrete.How ...
It sounds like you have bare dirt under your house. Maybe the best solution would be to cover all the soil with heavy plastic. Lay it out so you ...
Actually I would start with the fire marshall. You will have to know how many people can be in your space. I think the actual limit is how fast p...
You probably have a group of problems (windows, radiator, floor, etc) all adding together. I upgraded the insulation under a dining room over a cr...
Worst case is either a hole/crack in the heat exchanger (or some similar name) where the flame heats the air for the rest of the house or a back dr...
The smell might be from caulk or other sealant around the windows. Look inside the windows and on the exterior of the house.
I would think the concrete would make a great patio. The concrete would support the bricks, it's already compacted and stable, and weeds won't gro...
vincef & chrisnlynn - Are your floors uneven because of changes in the floor joist or slab? Before going to the effort of leveling compound, make ...
Septic systems always have the possibility of contributing to disease. The septic tank is full of rotting waste that trickles out into the septic ...
One recommended way to kill off vegetable garden weeds is to cover with heavy plastic. The heat will kill off everything after a week or so. Ugly...
Depending on what's in your crawlspace, you could be breathing molds, etc. from the soil. Besides, you're heating and cooling the soil under the c...
The website in my last post didn't display quite right. The last part should be:"ins(underscore)16.html"
For figuring what you should have go to: http://www.ornl.gov/roofs%2bwalls/insulation/ins_16.html (all one line without any spaces)Insulation level...
The insulation may be damp on top if the moisture migrated from the house to the attic and then condensed when it reached the cold attic air. I wo...
I don't think there would be any problem with your plans. You might want to talk to a foundation contractor to make sure you don't need to brace y...
The pump should be on it's own circuit breaker, hopefully labeled.Did you check the hot water heater? The previous owner may have shut off a valve....
With clay, your dry well probably won't drain. Unfortunately you will have to have a sump pump as the alternative. You can discharge through a bu...
On connecting to the storm sewer. Some localities, to reduce potential flooding, forbid the connection of down spouts and sump pumps, etc. to stor...