Fill basement crawl space


Old 05-31-05, 12:16 PM
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Fill basement crawl space

Need to fill a large hole dug in a crawl space off of the basement (under a new addition to the house.) Have used clean fill for most of it (lumber, drywall, etc.) but need to top it off. What material is best - crushed stone, soil? Is it possible to have loose insulation blown in there? Will need to carry soil or stone in bucket by bucket - very heavy work. Looking for an easier way out. 10 foot by 10foot area - need to fill at least 6 - 10 inches deep.
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Old 05-31-05, 07:10 PM
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I hope I misunderstood your post and you did not use lumber or anything else that can decay as fill. Gravel or sand are best for fill. Using soil may require spraying for bugs. Why does it need to be filled? Extra headroom is always a plus in crawl spaces. Blown insulation will just make a mess and it doesn't pack well [for fill]
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Why do you have to fill it?

You fill a hole in the soil with more soil.

It sound like you are trying to create a new unpermitted local dumping site under your kids bedroom.

The materials (wood, drywall, dampwall, etc.) you have put in this moist, unventilated area are all prime food (cellulouse) for mold. Mold spores have been known to travel a few feet.

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