Removing Old Floor Tile

Plastic Sheets Preventing Dust From Tile Removal

In our previous article in this series on tiling our front hall and laundry room, we provided a description of the current state, with the 23 year old tile in the front hall and the linoleum flooring in the adjacent laundry room. Today, we describe the process used by the contractors to remove the old tile in the front hall. The first thing that they did was to have me turn off the central air system. This was done for the entire floor tile removal in order to prevent the fan in the … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak and Shower Re-Tiling Series

En Suite Shower Corner

Have you faced one of those home renovation projects which seem to go on for absolutely ever? What about a water leak in the ceiling of your basement? Have you ever had to deal with one of those? Well, for us, the answer was yes. Only a few months after we moved into and renovated our new home we came upon a brown stain in a few of the ceiling tiles in our basement. Finding that brown stain lead us on an adventure to locate the water leak. Because of its location there were several … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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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