Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #310 – Heating – Place Area Rug On Cold Floor

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 310, Area Rug on Cold Floor. Especially on unfinished poured concrete basement floors, consider placing an area rug, or broadloom remnants on top. While the ground beneath the basement floor is not frozen, it is still cold which causes your bare basement floor to be cold. … [Read more...]

Baseboard Almost In Place

Underpadding On Top Of Concrete Floor

In this continuing series on the repair of our foundation wall crack, which caused a water leak in our finished basement within the recent past,  last time we wrote about the replacement of the carpet grabber strips using construction adhesive. After waiting 24 hours we are now ready to return the pulled back under-padding and carpet into its place on the poured concrete floor and reinstall the baseboard molding. The first step was easy enough, simply lay the pulled back under-padding … [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...]

Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

Reusable Wood Frame Piece

Yesterday we saw how Fitz, of Clarke Basement Systems, patched the opening he made in our basement's poured concrete floor. This opening was a necessary part of the overall FlexiSpan foundation crack repair approach to fix the crack our basement's foundation wall which caused water leak into our basement bedroom. With the crack in the foundation wall repaired and the opening in the floor completed, today we start to look at the techniques he used to repair the hole in the drywall. If you … [Read more...]

Using Clean Space Membrane To Protect The Overlay Sealant

Urethane Overlay Sealant Applied

In the most recent article in this series on our basement water leak repair series, we saw how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems applied the urethane sealant overlay onto the FlexiSpan Foam Drain Strip to provide insurance in case any water did over the long term seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the crack in the foundation wall itself. If this part of our basement was unfinished, that would be it as far as sealing the foundation wall crack (still a bit more work though … [Read more...]

Creating A Dry Well For Sufficient Drainage

Increased Drainage Opening

Yesterday, in this series on our basement water leak repair, we found that we did not have sufficient drainage to cover the remote chance that the water leak would return some time in the future after the repair to the crack in the foundation wall. Now, remember that we are talking about a backup should the first part of the FlexiSpan solution not hold out all of the water which would be come in from the outside due to excessive rain storm or melting slow runnoff seeping down through the … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 10 – Remainder of Shower Floor Removal

Shower Stall Repair 021

In Part 9 we saw how Bennett used a small jack hammer (or more correctly called a Rotary Hammer Drill) as part of the repair of the home renovation project to install an en suite shower. Here is what the scene looked like once the broken up portion of the shower’s cement floor had been removed. So, it took about 2 and 1/2 to get to the above picture. Bennett returned the next day with a flat edge drill bit. The pointed drill bit was working but it was breaking up the concrete … [Read more...]

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