Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


12:20PM | 12/06/02
Member Since: 12/05/02
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I recently saw an Amish home for sale and the house was built on a concrete slab. There is no plumbing installed in the house whatsoever. How hard would it be to install plumbing into/under the slab? Would it be possible to remove the slab and put in an actual basement? Plumbing would have to discharge to septic field/system.


12:33PM | 12/08/02
You will have to saw the slab and remvove areas large enough to make trenches where the plumbing pipes are needed. Then the slab will be repaired in these areas.

As for a full a different house if you want one. It could be done but the cost would well exceed the property value increase.



07:08PM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
Many times it is possible for a plumber to tunnel in from outside to provide plumbing through a slab. Then the only cutting of the crete is a hole or three where the pipes come up.


10:53AM | 12/17/02
Member Since: 11/28/02
6 lifetime posts
Do slabs crack since they are above the frost line?

Also how deep do they have to be?


Keith Martin

11:08AM | 01/18/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
20 lifetime posts
Slabs crack because they are concrete. that's its job. It gets hard, it cracks. Above the frost line should have nothing to do with cracks.
Concrete starts it cracking process during initial cure. ACI (American Concrete Institute) has recommendations for control joints to minimize cracking, but it is inevitable. Concrete can crack for a lot of reasons. It has all of its strength in compression and is weakest in tension, always fails in shear. Steel reinforcement adds the component of tension to the mix.

Hope This helps,


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