Basement Foundation Wall Repair Series

Foundation Wall Inside Crack Causing Water Leak

We had a water leak in our finished basement. One winter during a thaw, clear water entered one of our finished basement bedrooms. It took us a while to discover the cause; a crack in our home's foundation wall. From the outside it looked like this in the picture below: From the inside, that same foundation wall crack looked like this after the drywall, insulation, etc. was stripped away and before it was repaired: The past month or so has seen us written a multi-article … [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...]

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...]

Painting Twice Primed Drywall – One Coat or Two

Starting 1st Coat of Paint

Yesterday we finished double priming the area of the basement drywall following the Clarke Basement Systems repair of crack in our foundation wall. So, did the double priming of the drywall insert help keep the colour constant with the rest of the wall? Let's take a look. Painting is one of those tasks which just does not agree with me; by that I mean that it is one of those home maintenance tasks which a put off as long as I can. I just don't like doing it. However, with such a … [Read more...]

Sanding And Priming Twice The Drywall Repair Insert

Norton WallSand Drywall Screen

Yesterday we say how the Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems started to repair the drywall in our finished basement bedroom following his application of the FlexiSpan foundation wall crack repair system to stop future water leaks. Today, we continue that process. Remember, because the water leak occurred on a finished wall, it was our responsibility to re-finish the repair. So, I used this Norton WallSand Drywall Screen as my sanding tool. I don't like thinks that last. I find … [Read more...]

Applying Drywall Compound and Tape to Drywall Insert

Drywall Compound Applied

Yesterday we showed the use of the urethane sealant into the crack on the outside of the foundation wall. Today, in this continuing series on fixing our basement water leak caused by a crack in our foundation wall, we return inside to have Fitz of Clarke Basement Systems At this point in the home repair project, there is no techniques uique to the foundation wall crack repair effort, just so you know. Yet, it is part of the foundation wall crack repair service provided by this … [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...]

Closing Opening in Wall With Drywall

Initial Screws Along Drywall Edge Opening

In our continuing series on the repair of the crack in our finished basement foundation, last time we saw the approach and techniques used to repair the opening in the wood frame, apply the new insulation and finally repair the opening which had been made in the vapour barrier. In this article we cover how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems repaired the opening made in the drywall. After measuring the opening in the drywall, Fitz proceeded to cut a piece to approximate the 34 inches high … [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...]

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...]

Installing The CactusBoard

CactusBoard

Yesterday we saw the usage of the clean space water proof membrane against the FlexiSpan urethane sealant overlay to protect it from the insulating bat which would be placed between it and the drywall patch along the finished basement wall. Today we look at the use of another material component of this foundation wall crack to prevent further water seepage leaks from the outside. Specifically, this material is called a CactusBoard. The purpose of the CactusBoard is to keep air in … [Read more...]

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