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  1. The building inspector gave me the OK to cap the...

    The building inspector gave me the OK to cap the vent. Before making any permanent modifications, Iím going to temporarily plug the opening to make sure everything still works properly. Thanks for...
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    As a follow-up to my last question about the...

    As a follow-up to my last question about the return duct diameter, the basement supply duct taps to the furnace with a 6Ē connection.
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    So, itís been a while and the basement renovation...

    So, itís been a while and the basement renovation is still underway. I decided to go with 1Ē XPS foam board against the foundation wall along with R16 Roxul batts. I also took your advice and tapped...
  4. I definitely want to keep the whole house trap. ...

    I definitely want to keep the whole house trap. I'm just trying to find out if it needs to be vented the way it is. Other newer homes that I've seen with a PVC trap don't have the venting like...
  5. The bay dimensions are 14x7.25, so that gives me...

    The bay dimensions are 14x7.25, so that gives me 101 square inches. If I understand what youíre saying, it sounds like you are explaining how to attach the vertical duct into the bay I want to close...
  6. Is it possible to conceal this duct within the basement ceiling?

    When I had a new furnace installed 10 years ago, I needed to install return vents into the upstairs bedrooms of my Cape Cod style home. The HVAC company ran a single 12" round duct from the main...
  7. Is the waste pipe trap supposed to get this cold?

    I'm in the process of finishing my basement and I'm looking to start sheetrocking in a few months. The frigid temps here in New York have been a really good test of the insulation I installed. ...
  8. Will moving the insulation help the pipes and cold floor upstairs?

    I've been finishing my basement for the past year and a half. I decided to go with 1" rigid foam board glued to the concrete block, 2" of rigid foam on the rim joist, and a layer of Roxul in a 2x4...
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    Insulating Basement with XPS Rigid Foam

    I originally asked this question within another thread titled "Basement Heating Options." I noticed that the thread was quickly becoming more about insulation rather than heating, I decided to post...
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    Barring any complications, I've decided to add...

    Barring any complications, I've decided to add one duct run with 3-4 registers, one main return, and a manual supply damper for the basement. If I don't like the manual damper, my utility room is...
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    Gotcha. If I was to go with two zones, would...

    Gotcha. If I was to go with two zones, would there wind up being issues with pressure during those times when only the basement zone is in use? As of right now, the furnace pumps out heat to 7...
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    I'm already used to keeping the fan going all the...

    I'm already used to keeping the fan going all the time. That's how I'm able to keep the two floors within two degrees of each other. Now I understand what you mean by closing the vents. So it sounds...
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    I thought the plastic vapor barrier is supposed...

    I thought the plastic vapor barrier is supposed to attach to the studs after the batts are installed. So, if I'm reading your directions correctly, you're saying I should use visqueen between the...
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    Basement Heating Options

    I am trying to figure out my options for heating my basement once it has been finished this coming summer.

    I have a Cape Cod style home built in 1951. I live in southern NewYork, climate zone 5....
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    Thank you for the responses. Since I first posted...

    Thank you for the responses. Since I first posted this question, I have also noticed that the main floor humidity is better off than upstairs. The main floor has been around 30% for the past few...
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    Very Low Indoor Humidity Levels

    I think I'm having a humidity problem in my house. Before making any changes, like installing a whole house humidifier, I'm trying to collect data. Here is what I have so far.

    Background
    My...
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    I decided not to because I wasn't sure why the...

    I decided not to because I wasn't sure why the floor was cracking. But this project showed me that the garage had no foundation when I thought it did. If I made the garage taller it probably would...
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    Smearcase, your idea of digging a 40' trench and...

    Smearcase, your idea of digging a 40' trench and using perforated pipe is starting to better and better. Especially since I can rent a Ditch Witch to do most of the digging for me. The Ditch Witch...
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    Just to give some more info, below is a photo of...

    Just to give some more info, below is a photo of the area to the left of my driveway where I am considering putting the dry well. As you can see, it is about 10'-15' away from a Japanese Maple and...
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    Smearcase, using your example I would probably...

    Smearcase, using your example I would probably have to dig another 40 feet of trench. I'm not sure what's the tougher dig, that or the dry well. However, I will keep what everyone has told me under...
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    I thought about doing it that way but the first...

    I thought about doing it that way but the first 16 feet will be under my new driveway that will be installed on Thursday. I used solid PVC because I was worried that the seepage from the perforated...
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    I think he was talking about this: Information...

    I think he was talking about this:

    Information on CULTEC Stormwater Chambers
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    I had a feeling the BioDiffuser might not work...

    I had a feeling the BioDiffuser might not work for the same reason you described. When I called back the drainage supply store, I spoke to a different person who suggested a Flotec Recharger. I was...
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    Dry Well or BioDiffuser?

    I'm in the middle of a garage renovation and driveway install. I just laid drainage pipe to connect a downspout to a dry well. Originally, I was going to use a 55 gallon drum, but I'm not sure...
  25. I decided against building the shelf because it...

    I decided against building the shelf because it seemed like there was too much that could go wrong. I found three areas that were thick enough to drill into and insert rebar. Everything turned out...
  26. I just finished clearing away more debris and I...

    I just finished clearing away more debris and I looks like the slab is only 4 inches thick in the center. Since this is probably too thin to drill into, is there another way to connect the two slabs?...
  27. Yes, item-4 is crushed stone and driveway will be...

    Yes, item-4 is crushed stone and driveway will be hot asphalt. When you say "6 inch centers" do you mean placing forming squares with the rebar so that the sides of each square are 6 inches apart?
  28. Thank you for the reply. Since I broke up the...

    Thank you for the reply. Since I broke up the concrete last night, I know free water won't be a problem. I don't own a mixer so I will have to weigh the cost of renting vs. buying from a producer. ...
  29. Here is the photo I mentioned in the question...

    Here is the photo I mentioned in the question above. I removed all concrete between the entrance and the large crack in the photo. I'm having my driveway repaved in 2 weeks so I'm praying that I can...
  30. Concrete Slab Repair on Garage with No Foundation

    I have a 12'x20' garage with an off-center door. I am in the process of widening the door to 9' and repairing the cracked, uneven floor under the garage door. My plan was to remove part of the slab...
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    Storm Drain at End of Driveway

    I have a small storm drain at the end of my driveway that was built by the town. The drain opening is 2'x2' and it looks to be about 2' deep. Like all the other storm drains in my neighborhood,...
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    It's not the fan but I like what you said about...

    It's not the fan but I like what you said about pulling the other items off the line if I rewire. I started at the end of the line and started pulling things off as I worked my way upstream. I pulled...
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    Outlet tester reads OK but GFCI still trips

    When I rewired my house 5 years ago I installed a GFCI outlet in the main bathroom. On the same line, after the GFCI, is another outlet in that bathroom, a junction box in the attic, an outlet in my...
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    If I understand your question correctly, it...

    If I understand your question correctly, it sounds like your roof has two levels and you want to know if you can run the vent pipe out through the first story roof. You should be able to do that. ...
  35. Removing or Containing Smell from Icynene Spray Foam

    How do I remove or contain the smell from Icynene spray foam?

    Background:
    Four years ago I gutted the second floor of my Cape Cod style home. My neighbors had been having problems with cooling...
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    Indoor Air Quality Test

    Four years ago I gutted the second floor of my Cape Cod style home. After doing a lot of research on insulation and the difficulties insulating a Cape, I decided on Icynene open cell spray foam. ...
  37. I'd really rather not cut the sidewalk because it...

    I'd really rather not cut the sidewalk because it is only 1 year old. I didn't sleeve the first pipe because it would have stuck up past the gravel and possibly created a weak spot in the concrete....
  38. Under the concrete I have about 4" of compacted...

    Under the concrete I have about 4" of compacted item 4. Will this method still work? Also, should I tunnel next to the other pipe or should I leave some room?
  39. The discharge pipe is 1.5". What is the hose for?

    The discharge pipe is 1.5". What is the hose for?
  40. Where do I run the discharge pipe for my backup sump pump?

    I didn't post this thread in the plumbing section because I know how to run the pipes, but here's my situation...

    I just finished installing a French drain system that connects into a previously...
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    It's hard to tell from the picture but the drain...

    It's hard to tell from the picture but the drain is actually a half inch below the old floor. I figured if the sides matched up with the old floor then I would still have enough of a pitch to the...
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    Pouring Concrete in My Basement

    I am finishing up installing a french drain system on the inside perimeter of my basement. Since I was already using a jackhammer, I decided to break up a slightly larger area in one corner to add a...
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    Ok, here's another question... before I cover up...

    Ok, here's another question... before I cover up the drainage pipes with gravel and concrete I need to drill holes in the bottom row of block. Then I'll use j-drain, the dimpled plastic stuff, to...
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    The reason I was thinking of a trap is because of...

    The reason I was thinking of a trap is because of radon. When I bought the house the basement radon reading was just below 4 units and I was told that 4 units was the action level for a basement. ...
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    Help with basement drain install

    My furnace has a pump that collects condensation from the furnace and sends it to the same place as my washing machine water (which happens to be another pump). I'd like to get rid of the mini pump...
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    Can anyone help me out with the pitch question? ...

    Can anyone help me out with the pitch question? At a pitch of 1/8" per foot, the entire pipe will drop a total of 7" over the course of 50'. This will put me below the footing. Is this okay?
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    It's a good thing I spoke with the building...

    It's a good thing I spoke with the building inspector. He said my town doesn't allow the type of window that swings in. I am almost done with the project and I'll be posting pictures soon. Thanks...
  48. Improving your GPA is an absolute must. Teaching...

    Improving your GPA is an absolute must. Teaching requires a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. If you don't pull up your grades you won't get into grad school.
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    MA0641, I'm looking at a casement window, not an...

    MA0641, I'm looking at a casement window, not an awning window. I also know that the finished window sill cannot be more than 44" above the finished floor. I'm aiming for about 40". As Manhattan was...
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    That's a good point. I knew I had to check with...

    That's a good point. I knew I had to check with the building inspector for the size of the window, but I wasn't thinking of the window type. I really hope I can go with the casement style because...
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