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Last update: 2015-08-06

Crackman Tip 9 - The Ill Effects of a Crack in your Foundation or Basement

2015-08-06 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 1s

It's hard to believe that an 8-feet long, 1/4 inch crack in the wall is like having a 5 and 1/2 inch hole in your foundation. The Crackman explains how.…

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Episode 47 - How to get rid of a sewer smell in your basement

2015-07-23 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

Imagine waking up one morning, walking down to the basement, and wondering why your basement smells worse than a waste treatment plant. In this episode we discuss 5 ways that can that happen, how to inspect the possible causes, and what you can do about it.…

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Episode 46 - Water puddles in your basement or garage corners, but no rain?

2015-07-16 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

It seems like most basement water problems come from rain. So how do you end up with water in the corners of your basement or garage with no rain? In this episode we discover why and what you can do about it.…

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Crackman Tip 8 - A Tricky Septic Tank Crack Repair Job in Weston MA

2015-07-09 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 1s

The Crackman with an interesting case study about an emergency crack repair job at a senior living care facility in the town of Weston Massachusetts.…

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Episode 45 - Getting to the root of a nasty root problem in Providence RI

2015-07-02 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

In this episode, the Crackman discusses an interesting case study with a stone foundation crack repair problem in Providence, Rhode Island.…

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Crackman Tip 7 - Another Sad DIY Flexseal Disaster in Grafton MA

2015-06-25 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 1s

And now we have the Crackman with another sad DIY story where flex seal strikes again in Grafton Mass.…

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Crackman Tip 6 - Fixing Foundation Cracks in Shrewsbury Mass

2015-06-18 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 1s

This is another interesting Crackman case study where patience is a virtue when it comes to fixing foundation cracks in Shrewsbury Mass.…

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Episode 44 - Everything You Need to Know about Basement Windows

2015-06-11 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

Do you think it's time to replace your basement windows? This episode discusses what materials basement windows are made out of, the pros and cons of each, and which one the Crackman recommends over all others.…

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Episode 43 - Top 6 DIY Tips for Preventing Basement Dampness & Humidity

2015-06-04 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

If you suffer from a dank, damp, and moldy basement, this episode could be just what you need to solve your basement water problems.…

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Episode 42 - Self-Healing Concrete - Is it Really Possible?

2015-06-01 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

Self-healing concrete...it sounds too fantastic to be true. It sounds like something right out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, but it's real. The Crackman talks about how it works and whether it's the panacea it portends to be.…

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Crackman Tip 5 - Foundation Cracks in Newton MA - A Case Study

2015-05-28 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 1s

This is another Crackman tip with an interesting case study on a foundation crack issue in Newton Mass where he describes how he came up with a solution that appeased differing opinions from structural engineer.…

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Episode 41 - ICFs and Basement Waterproofing - What You Need to Know

2015-05-14 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

In this episode the Crackman discusses a new technology in building foundations called ICFs and gives his thoughts on the good, bad, and the ugly of their use.…

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Episode 40 - Spring Waterproofing - 6 Key Tips to Keep your Basement Dry

2015-05-07 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so this podcast is all about doing the important things that will prevent your basement from turning into a swimming pool.…

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Crackman Tip 4 - A Broken water main: Is it a pipe or is it ground water?

2015-05-07 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 1s

This is a Crackman tip on how to determine if the source of an apparent water main leak is a broken pipe or if the source is natural ground water.…

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Episode 39 - Does Flexseal Work on Basement Water Problems?

2015-04-30 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

Why Flexseal Doesn't Work on basement water problems. The Crackman rescues another DIY disaster. This episode explains why DIY fixes with overhyped, off-the-shelf products most likely will not fix your basement water problem.…

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Episode 38 - Sump Pump Safety: 3 critical tips every homeowner should know

2015-04-08 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

We've done a number of podcasts about sump pumps but we've never really talked about sump pump safety. In this episode we cover 3 basic but essential tips every homeowner should know and practice.…

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Episode 37 - My bulkhead is leaking again! Do I need a new bulkhead door?

2015-04-02 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

Do you have bulkhead frustration after this long, cold winter? In this episode, we cover the parts and pieces of the bulkhead that can leak, how to repair them, and how to determine if you need a new bulkhead door.…

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Crackman Tip 3 - How to Repair a Leak from a Granite Block Foundation

2015-03-25 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 2s

In this tip the Crackman talks about how he helped pinpoint and properly repair a leak from a Granite block foundation.…

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Episode 36 - 5 Must-Do steps to Implement if your Basement Floods

2015-03-19 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 6s

Let's say a homeowner wakes up to find a lake in their basement. After the initial panic and requisite swearing, what is the first thing they should do? In this episode, Rich covers 5 essential steps to getting your basement back.…

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Crackman Tip 2 - What to do when water leaks from under a finished wall

2015-03-19 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 1s

Here is the Crackman with a professional tip on what to do when you find water leaking out from under a finished wall in the winter.…

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Episode 35 - Why is my Bulkhead Leaking?

2015-03-12 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

We've had a ton of snow over the last couple months. That's not good for the basement. In this episode, Rich talks about the most common call he's receiving right now, some of the DIY fixes he finds when he goes out on a job, and what he does to permanently solve the problem.…

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Episode 34 - Why Does My Sump Pump Keep Dying!

2015-03-05 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

The Crackman gets a lot of calls this time of year from homeowners who report a sump pump that keeps shutting down on them. Why does a sump pump do that? In this episode we discuss the top 6 failure points of a sump pump and what to do about it.…

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Episode 33 - It's zero degrees outside and I still have a leak!

2015-02-18 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 2s

In this Crackman Case Study, Rich tells the bizarre story of a customer who had a basement leak despite the fact that it was zero degrees outside. You would think that the water would've froze before it came into the basement but it didn't. Very fascinating.…

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Crackman Tip 1 - Sump Pump versus Floor Crack Problem Solved

2015-02-12 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 1s

In this episode the Crackman explains how he solved a basement water problem in a home that had basement floor cracks and water seepage.…

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Episode 32 - How to Protect Your Basement Before the Snow Melts

2015-02-05 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

This episode contains practical tips homeowners should heed as the snow piles up around the house. The Crackman covers basement water prevention tips for both the interior and exterior of the home.…

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Episode 31 - Do de-Icing products damage concrete steps and walkways?

2015-01-29 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 2s

With all the bad weather you tend to see a lot of de-icing products in use all over the place, which is good from a safety perspective but are the slowly killing your concrete?…

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Episode 30 - How to Protect Your Concrete from Flaking, Pitting, Spalling

2015-01-22 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

In this episode we discuss why and how concrete ages. Then, Rich provides the main 4 steps to repairing damaged concrete.…

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Episode 29 - Practical Advice for Pouring Concrete Walls in Cold Weather

2015-01-15 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

This episode gets started with a definition of cold weather from Concrete's perspective. Then, Rich explains why Concrete needs to be Protected against Freezing and methods that are used to do it. 3. Okay, so I'm guessing that concrete construction doesn't just stop in the winter. What do concrete professionals do to help the pouring and curing of cement in cold weather?…

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Episode 28 - Crackman Case Study: Solving a Leaky Basement Pipe in Cape Cod

2015-01-08 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 2s

This is a very interesting case study about a customer in Cape Cod who had a leaking pipe penetration in their basement causing a sever flooding problem. The Crackman describes the problem the customer was having after several failed DIY attempts. He was smart enough to call the Crackman so Rich talks about how he solved the problem.…

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Episode 27 - How Cement has Improved to Benefit Your Home

2015-01-08 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

In this episode, Rich talks about how concrete production has improved over time. He covers everything from cement plants, to transportation, and techniques that have improved its strength. It's a great history lesson.…

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Episode 26 - How do sub-zero temperatures adversely affect a foundation?

2014-12-31 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

For most homeowners, the hazards of freezing pipes are widely known and prepping exposed pipes is something that should've been done a month or 2 ago. We actually discussed that in Episode 21 of the Crackman podcast. But for this episode, the Crackman talks about how sub-zero temperatures affect your foundation.…

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Episode 25 - Case Study: Stopping Basement Water in Newton MA

2014-12-18 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

In this Episode, Rich talks about a recent case study where he solved a serious basement water problem in a $4 million house in Newton MA. He had to stop water from pouring past a personal record 14 different pipes. It's a fascinating story.…

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Episode 24 - Pew! Why Concrete Foundation Cracks Can Stink...Literally.

2014-12-04 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

Boxelder bugs, commonly known as â??stink bugsâ??, can become a nuisance to homeowners throughout the New England area during late Fall and even into the winter months. When the cold weather hits, boxelder females search for a warm and dry place, and they somehow find a way into your home! In this episode, Rich, talks about how Stink Bugs enter the Home and what you can do to prevent it.…

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Episode 23 - Everything you wanted to know about sump pumps and more

2014-11-20 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 6s

The goal of a sump pump is to lower the water table that is underneath your basement floor. A properly installed sump pump with adequate gravel under your basement floor can solve most water problems through cracks in the floor or from floor/wall seams. In this episode, we discuss the various types of sump pumps and which one is likely best for your needs.…

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Episode 22 - When is it time to fix a concrete floor crack?

2014-11-13 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

Cracks in concrete are a common occurrence, especially in New England with the harsh winters and numerous freeze-thaw cycles. A crack in your concrete floor is like have a window open in your house; it may let certain unwanted things in, such as: water, radon, water vapors, insects, and rodents. In this episode, we discuss the various types of cracks you can get and what to do about them.…

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Episode 21 - 7 Basement Waterproofing Winter Inspections You Should Do Now

2014-11-06 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 6s

According to the weather forecasters, a typhoon out in the sea of Japan is going bring Arctic temperatures to the Eastern half of the US in the next few days. That could make for a really busy week for you, the Crackman, but homeowners can save themselves a lot of agony if they follow some simple preventative tips for waterproofing their Home that we cover in this episode.…

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Episode 20 - Oh Shoot! How do you Waterproof a Coal Chute?

2014-10-29 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

This episode takes us back to a time when buildings were constructed with coal as the main heating source. In this episode we discuss what a coal chute is and how you go about waterproofing them.…

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Episode 19 - The Bizarre Case of the Leaking Stone Foundation

2014-10-02 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 2s

The Crackman recently went out on a job where the customer had never had leaks in her stone foundation and suddenly she was finding water in her basement. Certainly not an unprecedented event but the cause of this leak had a shroud of mystery surrounding it. Rich discusses the symptoms, the bizarre cause, and the fix action.…

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Episode 18 - Ugh! Why are my floor and wall seams leaking!

2014-09-11 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

So, you would think that if you can put a man on the moon, surely you can build a house that doesn't leak where the floor and wall seams come together. In this episode, we discuss how it actually happens and what you can do to stop those pesky leaks.…

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Episode 17 - Lally Column Installation: Temporary versus Permanent

2014-08-28 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

Okay so you've heard of dally, galley, rally, and even a girl named Sally. But what in the world is a "lally?" Well here's a history lesson. It was in the late 1800s, and a guy named John Lally was upset and bewildered by buildings collapsing as a result of fires or inadequate support. So, he was in search of a solution. Then lo and behold...in 1898, in the town of Waltham, Massachusetts, a steel beam support column was invented by none other than John Lally, hence the name lally columns. In this episode we talk about what kinds of Lally columns are out there, their problems with leaks, and how to solve water issue related to lally's.…

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Episode 16 - Is your Wet Basement caused by your Town's Missing Water?

2014-08-21 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

There was an article in last Sundayâ??s MetroWest Daily News, written by Zachary Comeau, titled â??Towns struggle to track missing waterâ??. The article highlighted 13 MetroWest towns throughout Massachusetts (Ashland, Medway, Hopkinton, Bellingham, Framingham, Holliston, Milford, Sudbury, Franklin, Hopedale, Natick, Southborough, & Northborough) and their trouble with water that is unaccounted for. According to the Department of Environmental Protectionâ??s water conservation standards, 10% is the maximum threshold of unaccounted water for any one community. Out of the 13 towns, Ashland was the worst of the group with 28% of unaccounted water, while Northborough was the lightest offender with only 5% of its water unaccounted for. The other towns who were above the 10% threshold were Milford (14%), Holliston (15%), Framingham (19%), Bellingham (20%), and Medway (22%). In this podcast, Rich talks about how infrastructure issues lead to unaccounted water and how it can affect you, the homeowner.…

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Episode 15 - Sump Pump versus French Drain: Whose Kung-Fu Reigns Supreme?

2014-08-13 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

For many different reasons, water can pool beneath a basement floor. But just like in the martial arts where you have a variety of combat practices, people fighting basement water swear that their technique kicks butt over all the rest. In this episode, we pit the two juggernauts of basement waterproofing techniques--sump pumps and french drains -- in a head-to-head battle to see which solution is the champion.…

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Episode 14 - How can a leaking chimney cause puddling in your basement?

2014-08-05 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

Chimney leaks can either exist above grade...at the roof...or below grade. In this episode the Crackman discusses ways water can enter the house via the chimney and what to do about it.…

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Episode 13 - How to eliminate Basement Floor Puddles and Dampness

2014-07-24 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

Believe it or not, basements can still accumulate moisture, even when it hasn't rained for weeks! In this episode, we discuss how that can happen and what to do about it.…

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Episode 12 - Leaking Cold Joints in Basement Foundation Walls - What to do

2014-05-29 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

In this episode we learn what a cold joint is in a basement foundation, how to identify it, and what should be done about it.…

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EPISODE11 - Leaking Tie Rods and Snap Ties in Basement Foundations

2014-05-22 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

In this episode, the Crackman discusses Leaking Tie Rods, Snap Ties, and Pinholes in Basement Foundation Walls and how to repair and maintain them.…

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EPISODE10 - Garage Floor Crack Repairs - How to Fix Garage Floor Cracks

2014-05-01 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

Garage floor cracks are just as prevalent as foundation and basement floor cracks. The episode discusses how garage floor cracks are formed and what you can and should do about them.…

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Episode 9 - Leak around Basement Wall Pipe - How to Cure Leaky Penetrations

2014-04-17 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

This episode discusses the types of pipes you typically see going through a foundation, how to detect leaky pipe penetrations, and what to do about leaks when you find them.…

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Episode 8 - Why Foundation Walls Crack- How to fix concrete wall crack

2014-04-10 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

There are 3 absolute certainties in life: death, taxes and cracks forming in concrete. So, when it comes to foundations, homeowners should expect them to crack. This episode explains why they crack and what to do about them.…

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Episode 7 - Fieldstone Foundations: What are they? How do you waterproof?

2014-03-28 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

This episode discusses what a Fieldstone Foundation is and how you can keep it strong, healthy, and dry.…

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Episode 6 - Does homeowner's insurance policy cover flooded basements?

2014-03-21 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

So you think you have a really good home insurance policy. Well, if you haven't looked at the fine print lately, check again. It probably does not cover basement flooding as well as you think. This episode reveals how to protect yourself from this tremendous risk.…

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Episode 5 - DIY foundation crack repair - why NOT fix it yourself?

2014-03-13 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

So you have a leaky foundation crack. All you need to do is go to a hardware store and buy one of those do-it-yourself products and bang! You fixed it, right? Probably not. This podcast talks about the most common DIY products and how they are a temporary fix at best.…

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Episode 4 - How Do You Find a Basement Leak Behind a Finished Wall?

2014-03-06 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

What should a homeowner do if they go downstairs and their basement is actively leaking? Tune in to this extremely informative podcast to find out.…

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Episode 3 - Ways to Prevent Basement Flooding This Spring

2014-02-27 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 5s

In this episode, The Crackman reveals 6 key ways to protect your home and basement from the onslaught of winter snow melt.…

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Episode 2 - How to identify when basement water is from the bulkhead

2014-02-20 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 3s

The Northeast has been pounded by snow over the last several weeks. There are snowbanks taller than a Volkswagon around many homes and now the rain is coming. How do you know when the water in your basement is coming from the bulkhead? This episode explains how.…

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Episode 1 - Winter Snow Melt - How to protect Your Basement

2014-02-13 :: info@talkshoe.com
Length: 4s

Our first episode is quite timely as the Northeast is about to be pounded by a winter Nor-easter. Learn how to prevent water in your basement.…

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