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  1. I emailed the building inspector and he siad I...

    I emailed the building inspector and he siad I would have to prove the light from the adjoining area would reach the area, my reply was the code does not specify a distance or state that the...
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    it should be OK as the form a drain seems to work...

    it should be OK as the form a drain seems to work really well even during super heavy rains, spring of 2013 we go 7+ inches of rain in a few days and never had a drop of water, sump pump ran almost...
  3. Thanks Dana. Here is the wisc code, it does not...

    Thanks Dana.
    Here is the wisc code, it does not have the exceptions the IRC has:

    SPS 321.05  Natural light and natural ventilation.
    (1)  Natural light. All habitable rooms shall be provided with...
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    "If you use open cell foam against the foundation...

    "If you use open cell foam against the foundation you risk saturating the foam with ground moisture, unless there was a metal or EPDM capillary break installed between the footing & foundtation...
  5. Bedroom 8% natural light requirement? Can someone explain?

    I am framing my basement and my building inspector approved my permit but said my existing egress windows the builder installed must provide 8% of the square footage of the bedroom for the
    natural...
  6. Dana, Do you mean sealing under the cap where...

    Dana,
    Do you mean sealing under the cap where the concrete meets the treated 2x8? There is a sill seal on the 2x6 stud wall that sits on the concrete 1/2 wall. I asked the building inspector if...
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    I agree, but it's going to be a a lot warmer than...

    I agree, but it's going to be a a lot warmer than the sill box areas which most builders simply stuff with fiberglass. This winter in my basement the sill boxes where ok until the polar vortex hit...
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    true but with something on top of it, it might...

    true but with something on top of it, it might work. or what about filing the grout lines with a self leveling polyurathane concrete crack filler?
  9. The problem was I wasn't exactly sure how to...

    The problem was I wasn't exactly sure how to frame the half wall. The first time I did it it was very difficult to get the top plate of the half wall aligned with the top of the concrete because the...
  10. Turned out pretty good. 23875

    Turned out pretty good.

    23875
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    Not that I think laminate is a good idea in the...

    Not that I think laminate is a good idea in the kitchen, but could'nt they just fill the grout lines with more grout so it's level?
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    That's funny because I want to do just the...

    That's funny because I want to do just the opposite, get rid of the laminate in the kitchen and put down tile, laminate in a kitchen is horrible IMO.
  13. in case anyone else is doing this. I went and...

    in case anyone else is doing this.
    I went and got a PT 2x8x10 and cut it to fit the half wall in the office I am framing in the basement and bolted it to the half wall with 1/4 inch tapcons, worked...
  14. ok, I misread the part that it was the side...

    ok, I misread the part that it was the side clearance :-)
    Again, I would start talking with the inspector, those clearances are not set in stone and if the inspector is not a jerk he can approve it...
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    I emailedthe building inspector and he said that...

    I emailedthe building inspector and he said that vapor retarders are not allowed below grade except for kraft faced he also said using the rock wool is good because it is hydrophobic (yes it's not a...
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    ah, so it would be a block wall and probably a...

    ah, so it would be a block wall and probably a lot straighter than a poured wall. The poured wall in my basement is not straight at all and no way you could put the studs right against it.
    Did you...
  17. hi, Yes, the existing sill plate is pressure...

    hi,
    Yes, the existing sill plate is pressure treated with a foam sill seal between the pressure treated sill plate and top of the concrete wall.
    I don't know for sure if I need the sill seal on the...
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    sorry browser posted twice.

    sorry browser posted twice.
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    are you sure the studs are tight against the...

    are you sure the studs are tight against the concrete? When you frame a basement if you want a straight wall they have to be at least 1/2 inch from the concrete to handle bows etc in the concrete...
  20. I would also just call your building inspector...

    I would also just call your building inspector and ask some questions, it's part of their job to help you out a bit, they won't help you design your bathroom, but if you call and ask about the...
  21. isnt't the standard distance 12 inches for the...

    isnt't the standard distance 12 inches for the toilet?
  22. Best way to frame concrete half wall in daylight partial exposure basement?

    Hi,
    Just wondering if anyone had tips on how to frame the concrete partial wall.

    I am thinking that If I capped the wall with 2x8 pressure treated lumber first so it is even with the existing...
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    Basement insulation question

    Hi,
    I am in the process of framing my basement and I see a lot of articles stating that you should put 2 inch rigid XPS foam board over all concrete in the basement.
    I am wondering if this is...
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    Yep, I have been talking to him. He came over...

    Yep, I have been talking to him.

    He came over yesterday and it all passed.

    I asked him about the testing and he said they normal don't require that for home owner installs unless it's a "lot"...
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    Thanks Terry, I have to say I was stressed out...

    Thanks Terry, I have to say I was stressed out about this for days before actually doing it:-) Doing plenty of research before hand really helps :-)
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