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05:22AM | 04/19/03
Member Since: 04/01/03
26 lifetime posts
I have a crawlspace that ranges from 3 to 4 ft. in height, it has a single beam supported at apprx. 10 ft. intervals by masonry blocks. The problem is that it is a dirt floor, I dont puddle in the space but in spring/summer the dirt becomes damp( not a pleasant smell).
Is there a product ( i.e concrete like) that i can use to "seal" the dirt w/o putting down a subbase? Any help would be great...thanks


06:44AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
You first need to cover the floor with two layers of 6 mil polyethylene construction sheeting laying the layers perpendicular to each other and taping the seams.

This will prevent moisture from entering the crawlspace.

You should then place at least 4 inches of concrete over the plastic. No subbase is required.

Concrete is necessary to keep out burrowing critters but most importantly radon gas, which enters a home primarily thru unfinised dirt floors.


07:53AM | 04/28/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
The plastic alone will make a huge difference. It may be all you need.

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