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Sealing up basement walls with DRYLOC

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Seasoned Oak, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    I already got a can of DRYLOC so im going to try it and see what happens. As i said im only trying to direct the water away from the surface of the wall down to the french drain on the perimeter of the basement. Ill post the results.

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  2. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    You have poured walls in a house that old? That's fancy.
  3. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    Its kind of a cinder/cement mixture they used to us cinders from coal fires mixed with cement. pretty pourous.
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    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I kinda figured that's what it was, but still, back then a LOT of basements used cinder blocks because by the time you got everything setup for the pouring and got the equipment there to do the pouring, it was a HUGE task. Much easier to deliver the blocks and do it bit by bit.
  5. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    They probably mixed the stuff by hand.
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    Make sure you are well ventilated and pay attention to the warnings on that dryloc container. Wear a mask, that stuff is NASTY! I did my basement walls a few years ago. My lungs were burnin!
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    also with ventilation you must not have any open flame ...water heater....or oil burner....a couple of years ago a father and his son coated the basement walls with that stuff...water heater kicked on.........both dead....true story.
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    Was just at a friend's house. Finished basement, real nice, recessed lighting, new kitchen appliances. Any who, one corner of the poured concrete wall leaks water when it rains really heavy. Outside that is a pressure point for water as his neighbors backyard and his own backyard slope down to that point. He has a pump in that corner too, but it does not help much.

    He just painted that corner with a sealer. He could not remember which one. Looks nice and solid. But it was leaking again in one spot. He says it probably is a crack he did not seal properly.

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