Help me with my basement please!

Old 02-21-16, 10:37 PM
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Help me with my basement please!

I live in an old house with a limestone foundation. The house was built in 1900. I am working on fixing up a small room in my basement, which is a disaster. Right now I have cleaned and air blasted the surfaces and taken pictures, in hopes that you all can help me! I know the floor is concrete, and the short portion of the walls contains limestone, along with some cement/mortar type of material that is crumbling like crazy, and falls out with the slightest push. I want to make sure I've identified everything that's currently there, and then determine how to best "spruce" it up a bit, or at least stop the constant dust. I know I can't waterproof it, because that will ruin the foundation. Thanks!!!

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Old 02-22-16, 02:25 AM
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Waterproofing is always best accomplished on the exterior side of the foundation wall, are you having any moisture issues in the basement?
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Thanks so much for responding. I think I may have worded my situation in a confusing manner. I don't want to waterproof the room or wall, I want to make it aesthetically pleasing I plan to use it as a small craft room, so I don't mind getting creative with materials or putting time and effort in, I just want the walls to be presentable, and to stop crumbling. I mentioned waterproof, because I know that it's not a good idea to put any of the waterproofing materials indoors
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You're looking for way to seal the cement to reduce the dust. It's not as easy as it sounds.

Two products I ran across while checking into this issue. Mark can probably comment better on them.

A deep-penetrating acrylic sealer for the walls and a self etching concrete paint/stain for the floor.

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