Cracking / Discussions

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...cracking on the exterior of some of the foundation blocks, where the interior walls had been insulated but not on a portion of the basement walls that were not ...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Why does interior insulation cause a freeze/thaw cycle- cinder block foundation?

I have read in many posts that insulating a cinder block foundation wall from the inside in cold climates is risky as it can cause cracking. This is due to the...

Posted by P Mci July 5, 2021, 11:17 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...cracking, specifically along the edge where the footing would be to see if there has been any significant shifting or settling. All concrete will crack, that's ...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...cracking. I get why you are reticent to eat the cost of exterior excavation and repair, but it really does solve more of the problems – you can do proper draina...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...cracking if left to freeze and thaw. Hey Mike, Plan for 4th wall( Lattice wall) was to cover interior with 1/2" P.T. plywood. The living area above crawl s...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...cracking. Here is a page to start with that will explain that better – How to insulate a cinderblock foundation wall Insulating the exterior of an existing ...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Do I need to spray foam the ceiling of my crawl space to help winterize it?

...cracking in the joints. I’m not trying to talk you out of it, just have a look first at the general condition and if its damaged then I’d have a pro look at it ...

Posted by Sheilagh Thompson Jan. 21, 2021, 1:48 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...cracking like standard concrete slab floors. So, you could pour the slab then seat an ICF Foundation wall on it, leaving you with a basement thoroughly insulate...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Is sealing basement concrete floor against radon a good idea?

...cracking, and while a liquid barrier may work under controlled testing conditions, in the real world I wouldn’t put my faith in it to seal a cracked concrete fl...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Sept. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What's the best way to seal a crawl space and insulate?

...cracking. Read here about what causes frost heave and how to prevent it. Last point, on humidity -get a hygrometer (moisture meter) and see what the levels ar...

Posted by Steven Johnston Feb. 23, 2021, 12:35 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...cracking. If you are looking to improve the performance futher, see Legalett’s Passive House Certified Thermalwall insulation panels designed to improve the R...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Can you use insulated plasterboard on a tiny house that moves?

...cracking in the drywall as well. If it were me I’d be going with batt insulation, and maybe a wood interior to avoid cracked drywall. There was one Tiny House...

Posted by Nadine Dermody April 23, 2021, 12:40 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...cracking due to changes in relative humidity. Some hardwood species perform reasonably well in this capacity, but we would recommend that you first consider e...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...cracking, but if you’ve been staring at a stud wall then minor cracks in drywall may not offend you if they show up. Cottages usually shift a bit more than hous...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...cracking is (all slabs crack a bit so don't comb it with a magnifying glass) and get a feel for how straight it is as well, by looking at the walls and the base...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...cracking than a traditional footing / frost wall foundation, and much better insulated. If you are building directly on solid rock and have no drainage issues o...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...cracking after I installed insulation and vapor barrier?" And, a solution that is adding insulating material to the outside to keep the wall from freezing, may ...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...cracking a concrete floor is not actually that difficult, it would only be 3 or 4 inches thick and able to be smashed with a sledge hammer and removed. I’m no...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses