Should I waterproof?

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Old 04-14-04, 06:51 PM
adamtuliper
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Question Should I waterproof?

If I do the "foil test" on the wall for a few days and there is no condensation, should I still waterproof? Ive been in the house for about 8 years and never had any water or damp smells in the basement. I guess the concern would be I didnt foil the whole basement so in theory a tiny bit of water could be coming from somewhere else. So, I went to drylock's website and see they have a whole bunch of products. Some are sealing paints, some are meant for the slight crack at the wall joints. What should I use? After cleaning (Im assuming with a wire brush) and applying, what's the next step? Some people are saying poly, but I'll defer this question to anyone who can help. Thanks!
 
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Old 04-15-04, 06:05 AM
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Are you talking about a concrete basement wall? Are you discussing the outside of the wall or the inside?
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Old 04-15-04, 07:22 AM
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Hmm...Im not sure why this post was moved to exterior home improvement, it seems to go under the basement section since we're not talking about "exterior home improvement" but specifically my basement. Moderator???

Im referring to the inside basement wall.
 
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Old 04-16-04, 09:48 PM
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Zypex seals concrete cracks on the blind side (inside). It works by crystalizing in the cracks...you just brush it onto the area. Best way to waterproof a basement wall is to apply waterproofing on the outside surface, which requires digging the foundation out.
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Old 04-17-04, 10:57 AM
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There is Drylock sealing paints and one called Thorseal you can put on the walls if you want for say a back up . We put a 4 or 6 mil poy over the wall hanging from the sill plate. then a 2X4 wood or steel stud wall

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