Basement Crack Repair
Even the most stable of basements will sooner than later need to be repaired, especially when it comes to basement crack repair. Here's a quick do-it-yourself guide.
Basement cracks can be caused by a variety of reasons, including leaks, a shifting foundation or mistakes in mixing or pouring the concrete. But basement crack repair doesn't have to be a difficult task; in fact, all it requires are a few simple tools.
Office Desk On Display
Since Ruth's late husband was attached to his hardy 1950s oak desk, she was adamant about keeping it in the space after the remodel. To give it a modern update, she had it sanded, primed and then sprayed with high-gloss charcoal lacquer. In order to keep the area well-lit, a junction box was added and a custom drum pendant was hung with the bottom 38 inches above the desktop.
In its new state, Julie and Tom's basement is much lighter and more energetic. They integrated color through the paint and wallpaper choices, selecting a shade of dove gray called First Snowfall from Benjamin Moore for the walls. By using the back of the sofa as a room divider, they created another area for seating for four around a table.
Josh Landers and Josh Williams embarked on a basement remodel to create a space where they could work from home several days a week while tending to their puppy, Bentley. Changes included using only dog-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean materials, from the vinyl plank flooring and vinyl crocodile wallcovering to steel furniture and custom draperies made from indoor/outdoor fabric.
To keep the den clutter-free, Landers and Williams use a modern 1960s console to house all of Bentley's needs as well as their own office supplies. Atop the console sits a pair of modern lamps that light the corner, and on the wall is an old pet supply storefront sign that was picked up at an antique market.
Determined to save costs and stick with a short timeline of three weeks, Michelle decided to keep the built-ins that were previously used as game room storage. By placing her writing desk in front of the wall, she can look out into the backyard while working. "I didn't want to sit at my desk all day and stare at the wall. It was important to be able to look outside from my chair," the designer explains. "Floating the desk in front of the storage wall was the perfect solution."
To take full advantage of an 8-foot wall to the left of her design studio's entrance, Michelle designed a custom banquette where she can read design books. In keeping with her signature glamorous style, she chose a glossy, glazed linen for the upholstery with super shiny chrome nail head detail.
Start the repair by removing any pieces of loose concrete that may be wedged within the crack. Use a wire brush and shop vacuum to do the most thorough job. Make sure the surface is also free of dust, oil and dirt.
Apply a concrete patch to the crack, making sure there are no gaps or bubbles. Smooth the patch with a putty knife. If the crack is fairly deep, then the crack may require a second patch. If so, then wait for the first layer to dry before applying the second coat. Seal the concrete patch and allow it to dry for several days.
There are certain cracks that could be the root of structural damage and might require the help of a professional. For example, if a floor crack runs along the foundation walls or a wall crack is causing the wall to shift, then the issue is most likely much deeper than simple do-it-yourself repair.
See also: Planning a Basement Remodel
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- Finishing Basement Walls