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Posted by Dave in Illinois on July 6th, 1999 05:25 PM

I have a 100 year old house with a room in the basement
that measures 10'x20'. The floor is brick with a thin
layer of cement over it. However, the cement is so old
that it is crumbling. When it rains, this room floods.
I installed a drain tile around the walls and ran it
into a sump pit with a pump and this solved the flooding
problem. However, I now want to lay new concrete over
the brick and the trench that I dug along the walls.
(the drain tile is laid in a bed of gravel in the trench)
-How thick do I need to go with the new cement?
-Is there anything special I need to do to the floor
and bricks to prepare it befor laying the cement?
-Do I lay the cement right over the gravel along the
walls where I laid the drain tiles? Somebody told me
that I need to leave air holes for the drain tile,
is this true?

If there is anybody with any knowledge in this area,
HELP!!!!!

thanx

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