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Cracks in new retaining wall and basement floor

Hi, I recently had a basement poured. Unfortunately there are a lot of cracks so I am concerned. My main concern is the retaining wall (first 2 pictures). You can see a big horizontal crack that...
11-26-20, 03:22 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

EDIT - Thank you for the info on not being able...

EDIT - Thank you for the info on not being able to test the MC cable. I think what was happening was I had other romex wires in the vicinity in the attic portion so it was causing a false HOT alarm...
11-26-20, 02:57 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Iím using a voltage test pen. Itís always been...

Iím using a voltage test pen. Itís always been accurate for me. I also know the outlet in question worked intermittently because the contractors used it and it would randomly die during their work.
11-26-20, 12:12 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Alright well I did some more troubleshooting and...

Alright well I did some more troubleshooting and really would like your input.

I went back out and tested the outlet again and now it's not testing hot anymore! So maybe it really did test cold...
11-25-20, 04:06 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

There's no way this is up to code (capped hot wire behind the wall)..

I have a general contractor putting an addition onto my house. They have been around for 15 years and have fantastic reviews so I thought it would be safe. They are adding the addition up against...
11-25-20, 01:10 PM
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Views: 222
Posted By SamAlex

Thanks everyone for the quick replies. I called...

Thanks everyone for the quick replies. I called around and found someone to remove that tree as well as 2 others that look like they could fall on the neighbors internet/phone line. They will be...
11-25-20, 09:35 AM
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Posted By SamAlex

Tree falling into power line at the road - who is responsible?

Hello - I have a ton of pine trees on my property. Over the past few years I have had nearly all of them removed to ensure they don't fall on the service drop line. I am down to my final batch of...
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Posted By SamAlex

What is this part called (metal box square insert)

I am trying to find a specific part I need but I don't know what it is called. I have a metal square box I am planning to use for a standard pull chain ceiling fixture. However since the metal box...
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Views: 754
Posted By SamAlex

Bump - hoping someone can give me some direction...

Bump - hoping someone can give me some direction based on the pics I posted. Is this a roof/flashing issue or a chimney issue?
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Posted By SamAlex

Hi - sorry for the delayed response, I have been...

Hi - sorry for the delayed response, I have been waiting on a day to go up there and look. Here is what I found.. Could it be the hairline crack in the last picture or do you think it's still the...
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Posted By SamAlex

Leaking chimney in attic

Hi - in the last 3-4 years I have had my roof completely redone (full tearoff) and my chimney rebuilt. When I was up in the attic recently during a heavy rain, I noticed a puddle of water on the...
02-11-19, 05:52 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Thanks for the tip, I will insulation over the...

Thanks for the tip, I will insulation over the fan. Yes it is connected to a stack vent(?) in the roof. I did find that the flexible duct is leaking though so maybe it got a hole in it somehow. I...
02-10-19, 04:58 PM
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Views: 778
Posted By SamAlex

Unfortunately I way over-calculated insulation in...

Unfortunately I way over-calculated insulation in a past home project so I have a lot of faced R-38 batts sitting around to use.

Here is a picture of the bathroom in question where I get moisture...
02-10-19, 10:48 AM
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Posted By SamAlex

That makes sense, for any other area (aside from...

That makes sense, for any other area (aside from above this bathroom) - I could just have more blown in.

Unfortunately above this bathroom I had only installed unfaced insulation (all the blown in...
02-09-19, 09:29 PM
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Views: 778
Posted By SamAlex

Thanks for your help. Eventually I want to...

Thanks for your help. Eventually I want to better insulation the rest of the attic. I have a lot of areas with blown-in insulation already there but it's not enough. Would you still recommend...
02-09-19, 07:42 PM
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Views: 778
Posted By SamAlex

If I need more R-value, can I stack unfaced...

If I need more R-value, can I stack unfaced rolled insulation or blown in insulation on top of the base layer of the faced insulation? Does it matter what type?
02-09-19, 04:05 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Directon of faced insulation over bathroom?

Hello - I need to install insulation in the attic over a full bath that has an exterior wall. It's my understanding I should use faced insulation for a vapor barrior since there is no previous...
01-03-19, 05:13 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

I was able to cut the old bolts off the original...

I was able to cut the old bolts off the original cast iron piece they no longer produce. I bought new bolts/nuts and used the existing cast iron and lead pipe flare pieces to secure to the adapter...
01-02-19, 02:33 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

I got the drain taken apart today. I went to the...

I got the drain taken apart today. I went to the local hardware store and was told they no longer carry the "funnel flange" I need to connect the pipes to the bottom of the sink. I was advised to...
12-30-18, 10:42 AM
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Posted By SamAlex

Need advice for fixing basement sink drain..

Hi all - I am looking for advice to fix the drain coming off my basement sink. It has been set up like this since I moved in but regularly leaks onto the floor. It looks like they tried to set up...
06-08-18, 03:24 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Ok thanks Marksr, have a good weekend!

Ok thanks Marksr, have a good weekend!
06-08-18, 03:10 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Thanks, I don't think it looks moldy but there...

Thanks, I don't think it looks moldy but there are some brown spots (I assume from all the years the wall got wet). I can try to use a brush on it as well. Is a bucket of soap and water enough to...
06-08-18, 02:51 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Alright - so it's been a little over a month...

Alright - so it's been a little over a month since the walls were waterproofed from the outside. Everything has remained dry and I have been running dehumidifiers non stop. I think the wall has...
05-18-18, 03:51 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Luckily the first picture I posted is by far the...

Luckily the first picture I posted is by far the worst part of the wall. Here is another picture to show what the rest of it looks like. They had drilled and glued boards into the block to hang...
05-05-18, 08:38 PM
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Posted By SamAlex

Fortunately I donít think there is mold. The...

Fortunately I donít think there is mold. The gray discoloration is just the color of the cinder block where the paint faded. The wall definitely got wet over the years but Iím confident itís going...
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