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Wet Garage Floor

Condensation, or moisture out of the air, causes the wet concrete garage floor. A combination of warm air with relatively high humidity coming into contact with the cold concrete garage floor is what causes the “wetness”. This is the same situation as cold...

Floor Joist Span Sizes

I am unfamiliar with this rule of thumb. There is much that determines maximum allowable span such as the spacing of joists stated by inches on center, grade and species of wood, floor load, etc. My rule of thumb is the maximum allowable span for a 2×10,...

Radiant Hot Water In-Floor Heat

The liquid in your radiant heat system is circulated by a pump or pumps from your boiler. The flow of hot water or liquid to each room must be balanced according to the heat-loss from insulation or lack of it, amount of glass or doors in the room, sunlight, etc., in...

Radiant Heat Floors

Electric heat for floors are still custom laid into the thin set mortar bed prior to the ceramic tile installation, or in a liquid-set under layment material under carpet floors. There is no economical mat that is any less costly than the laid up custom material....

Lowering a Basement Floor

Adding a foot of additional depth to a basement by lowering the floor is possible. The risk of success is the existing depth of the sewer pipes beneath the basement floor. If the sewer pipes under the basement concrete floor are buried deep enough below the floor to...