Transform Your Basement from Dreary to Dreamy

Armstrong Tiles

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Emily Cappiello. ++++++++++ Looking to add more living space to your home? Try the basement! With a little imagination, you can turn your unfinished basement into a home theatre, a family room, a playroom, a man cave – even a bedroom. There are many different basement remodeling ideas to choose from. One of the design elements you’ll need to consider for your new basement is the ceiling. … [Read more...]

New Aprilaire 600M Whole House Humidifier

Aprilaire Flow Through Humidifier

A short while back, way back at the beginning of the winter heating season, the 12+ year old humidifier in our house stopped working. It old flow-through humidifier  had never worked right, in my opinion, since we moved into the house almost 5 years ago now. I had tried to replace the old humidifier's pad hoping that would help it provide sufficient humidity in the house during the dry winter months. Yet, this did not do much. I even started to use an empty Windex spray bottle to … [Read more...]

Home Smoke & CO Detectors

First Alert Smoke and CO Detector

This weekend we turn our clocks back 1 hour in most of North America as we switch from Daylight Savings to Standard Time. As part of this semi-annual routine we are reminded ever where that this is when we should check the air filters in our furnaces and we should especially check the batteries in our battery operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, check your fire extinguisher, and so on. If our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are hard wired, we should test them using … [Read more...]

Foundation Wall Crack Project Repair Completed

Finishing Nails and Spike

Yesterday I placed the carpet back into position and almost had the baseboard trim in place. I say 'almost' as there were some gaps which I wanted to see if I could reduce. So, I found some finishing nails from a prior project and proceeded to hammer a few of them into areas with what I thought was excessive gaps between the baseboard trim and the base of the wall. My goal was to reduce as much of this gap as practical to both have a uniform finished appearance and reduce the amount of … [Read more...]

Preparing To Lay The Carpet

Missing Carpet Gripper Strips

Yesterday we painted the drywall patch and saw that after two coats of primer plus two coast of paint how there was no difference in the paint colour's tone on the wall. And, that's the point, right? Once the drywall is repaired, you want it looking as if there was no drywall repair in the first place. Now, before the carpet can be put back into position, I needed to replace the carpet tacks gripper strips which were removed during the creation of the dry well as part of the Clarke Basement … [Read more...]

Covering Foundation Wall Crack From The Outside

Foundation Wall Crack

In this continuing series on the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall to prevent any future water leaks, we saw the techniques used to insert the new piece of 3 feet by 4 feet of drywall into the area with only a single vertical piece of wood available from the existing wood frame. Today we go outside. Now, here is the crack on the foundation wall which started it all. Notice that it goes along the vertical edge where the poured concrete foundation wall meets the brick … [Read more...]

Sealing The Basement Floor Opening

Mixing Concrete

In our last article within this series focusing on the repair to the foundation wall crack in our basement, we saw the use of the CactusBoard material on the top of the opening in the basement floor. This opening is where the backup drainage was installed should any water over the years seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the foundation wall crack. Today, we see the closing of the basement floor opening as part of this overall home maintenance project. At this point in … [Read more...]

Inadequate Drainage

Using Jack Hammer

Yesterday we showed the process by which the crack through which water had leaked into our basement had been located on the inside of our basement bedroom. Today we review the initial part of the solution. And, it was not applying the fix to the foundation wall crack. The first step which Fitz, from Clarke Basement Systems, proceed to do was to drill a small opening in the poured concrete floor directly beneath the crack in the foundation wall. In the above picture you can see … [Read more...]

Locating Foundation Crack Inside

Removing Baseboard

Yesterday we had Fitz of Clarke Basement Systems commence the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall by confirming the point and extent of the water leak. Today we describe how he began the repair by confirming the location of the foundation wall crack inside the house. Now remember, the FlexiSpan foundation wall crack repair system is unique to Basement Systems franchises whether in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. So, the first thing Fitz did was to … [Read more...]

Confirming the House Foundation Wall Water Leak Area

Fitz Arriving

Yesterday I described the approach to be taken by Clarke Basement Systems to fix our finished basement water leak. Today the project starts. Two days before the scheduled date Fiona contacted me to confirm that the time and date were still good for us and to inform me that Fitz would be the professional who would be coming over to our home to undertake the repair. Very nice. Then about 8:15 the morning of the project Fitz called to advise that he was on his way and would be at our home … [Read more...]

Home Foundation Wall Crack

Basement Bedroom

Yesterday I described the basement water leak which occurred two winters ago and my own trepidation and nervousness surrounding a basement leak renovation. During the intervening two years the water leak had not reoccurred; lucky for us, actually. Yet, it took all this time for me to finally locate what I thought was the cause. Remember, the area of the leak in our basement was finished, so I could not see the foundation wall from the inside to locate possible cracks through with the … [Read more...]

Back To Reality – Home Basement Leak

Interior Area Of Basement Water Leak

And what a World Cup it was.  A month or so of outstanding soccer. Various story lines with unplanned events. One of the best reality television events, sporting or otherwise. Well, now that the World Cup is over, back to my reality, complete with its unplanned events. My reality is a water leak in my home's basement. :( I dread house basement water leaks. For one, it will significantly make it harder to sell the house. Think about it; how would you react if when buying a new home you … [Read more...]

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