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brw2010
Sealing a dirt basement wall

The basement in our late 1800s home has dirt walls with a stone foundation on the top few feet (only this half of the basement has been dug out; the other half is just a crawl space with the stone foundation). Part of the dirt walls were previously covered in concrete or mortar, but has since cracked and fallen. When it rains, water streams in from the dirt walls and puddles, without going to the sump.

How can we waterproof the dirt walls? Can I simply create a frame and put in some bagged concrete (I'm worried that, because I can't dry the dirt wall, it won't setup correctly).

Downspouts drain away from the building, but neighbors' yards slope towards our house, so we cannot do anything about that. Adding french drains inside or out is well out of the budget. The level of moisture makes the entire basement unusable for storage.

Thanks in advance.

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