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Fix a Membrane on a Wooden Foundation

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    LESLIE: John in Minnesota, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

    JOHN: Well hi, Leslie. Hi, Tom. I have a question about a friend’s home that has a wood foundation and a …

    TOM: A wood foundation, huh?

    JOHN: A wood foundation.

    TOM: Wow.

    JOHN: And above grade, you can see a dimpled membrane that was nailed in place. And over a period of time, this membrane has been compromised due to the landscaping that’s around the house. I believe it’s settled and it’s pulling this membrane downward away from underneath the siding. And in doing so, it’s cracked and broken and it’s just not in good condition so …

    TOM: What’s the membrane made out of?

    JOHN: It’s like a plastic-type material.

    TOM: It’s covering the foundation or it’s underneath the siding or both?

    JOHN: Both. It was installed so that the siding laps over the top of the membrane.

    TOM: Right.

    JOHN: And it’s nailed in place to what looks like just plywood, I believe is the outer part of the foundation.

    TOM: Huh. Yeah, it’s very interesting, John. I can’t for the life of me imagine what this looks like. I’d like to suggest that you go to MoneyPit.com and go to the Community section and then post a photo of it right there. You can actually create a question, attach some photos of it and let’s have a look. And between Leslie, myself and the rest of the community, we ought to be able to get to the bottom of it, because it sounds like a pretty unique situation and not one that you would see every day.

    JOHN: Yeah, I agree. It is very unique and it’s got me baffled. And I want to help him out and do the right thing and not just put a band-aid on it.

    TOM: Alright. Well let’s take a look at it together and we’ll see what we can do.

    JOHN: Alright. Well, I’ve got a few photos and I’ll send them off. And thanks for your show.

    TOM: Alright, John.

    JOHN: I’m a podcast listener and don’t have it on the radio but I catch you all the time and – helped me out of a few jams already, so thanks for the show.

    TOM: Alright. Well, we’re happy to hear that, John. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT and we’ll look forward to taking a look at those images on the Community section.

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