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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Basement Systems, Inc.; 2nd edition (August 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977645711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977645718
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After five years as a carpenter and builder, Larry Janesky founded Basement Systems Inc. in 1987 to provide basement waterproofing services to existing homes. He soon learned that there was much room for improvement in the industry, and set out to make those improvements. He has since patented 25 products, with more pending and even more in various stages of design and development.

Larry is currently the president of the world s largest basement waterproofing and crawl space repair dealer network, Basement Systems Inc., that specializes in developing and providing products that result in dry below-ground environments. The company has won three business ethics awards, two consumer education awards, many quality and innovation awards, and was named one of the 20 Best Places to Work in Connecticut. Larry and his company have fixed thousands of crawl spaces since 1987. Larry has been invited to a number of industry conventions to discuss his research and solutions. Larry has trained more than 4,000 people over the last 21 years on basement waterproofing and crawl space repair. His articles have been published in Fine Homebuilding magazine, Permanent Buildings and Foundations magazine, and other publications. His second and third books entitled Crawl Space Science: What to Have Done... and Why, and Basement Finishing Science - What to Have Done... and Why are also available on Amazon.

Larry enjoys his free time in rural Connecticut with his son Tanner, daughters Chloe and Autumn, and his lovely wife Wendy. There he also builds and rides on his motocross track and ATV trails.

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Dry Basement Science. Don’t let the title fool you. It’s not that complicated. In fact, you will see why I nearly called the book “Dry Basements – When Science Meets Common Sense”.

What qualifies me to write this book? I am the founder and president of Basement Systems Inc, the world’s largest basement waterproofing company. Since the beginning, Basement Systems has actively sought better ways of doing things. We are not the kind of company that has a single year of experience 20 times; rather we are a learning organization, hell bent on seeking the best way.

Basement Systems has developed a close network of like-minded basement waterproofing contractors that are dealers of our products. We have more than 240 dealers in six countries, some with more experience than me, who install the best basement waterproofing products and systems ever developed. We are not saying these products are the best because they are ours – but rather they are ours because they are the best. Without our more-than-significant efforts toward creating better ways of fixing wet basements, most of these products would not exist, as we are the inventors and developers of them.

Because we work with so many basement waterproofing experts every day, and fix thousands of wet basements ourselves (we fixed 2,474 wet basements from our Connecticut office alone in 2004), we bring you the collective wisdom of thousands of experts and hundreds of thousands of jobs completed. It’s all we do and we love it. That’s what makes me an expert.


More About the Author

Larry Janesky is an authority on creating and building businesses for the benefit of business owners, employees, and customers. He began his business adventure as a self-employed carpenter at age 17 and built his first house at 18. In the years since then, he has discovered what he teaches today - that in order for business owners to grow their businesses, they must grow personally. Today Larry owns the industry-leading Basement Systems, Inc. and its 6 sister businesses; an award-winning, 60 million dollar business enterprise based in Seymour, CT with 345 dealers in 6 countries - and Larry has big plans for the future!

Customer Reviews

This is a must read for anyone with a wet basement.
P. Wangen
Once you understand your issue, this book might help you understand some of the products out there, but mostly the ones the author is pushing.
Tim G
Had I seen this book in the library, I would not have checked it out.
James M. Mcguire

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Ferguson on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of great information. It is however a lengthy and biased sales pitch. It really appears more like a sales tool that one of the Mr. Janesky's (the author) salesmen would leave behind if working for his company. Example of bias: in the discussion of drainage tile: he mentions that a tile made with filter fabric will clog and puts a picture of an automotive air filter next to it. The fact is that the tile pictured has no known failures worldwide in more than twenty years availability on the market. Unfortunately, rather than citing the professional and recognized organizations of his peers in the basement industry he chooses to take the slant of a stand alone expert citing that his products are patented. He then mentions "a beware of others" in the business he is in and then goes on in a rather slanderous tone regarding them. This leaves one wondering why he didn't just put the name of his company on the front of the book as he did inside. The Title leads one to believe it is a learning tool rather than a sales tool. Most any reader would see through this. "MY IDEA OF BASEMENT SCIENCE" might be more fitting.

If you are looking to purchase this book as a matter of fact with scientific backing and credibility do not waste your money. There are many other books available without the mention of their service and products. If however you would like to purchase it in lieu of a sales visit to your home, it works, and with no obligation to buy his "system".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ryki on July 15, 2007
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This book is nothing more than an advertisement for a Basement Waterproofing Company in Conneticut and their Waterproofing System. This Book should be called "Dry Basement Science: What to Have Done... And Why? Then Call Us To Do It For You!"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bob White on June 5, 2008
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This book is not worth the money. It's more like a full color product brochure. The entire book is about installing the Water Guard system. I needed a book that talked about all options available, not just this one. This book is something a salesman might give to a potential client for free. It's a joke.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Hopkins on April 8, 2008
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This book was written with the sole purpose of selling specific brand products. It should be free! One big advertisement. A good book would suggest various kinds of products with pros and cons. There are better books.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Reed Moore on September 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a full time Realtor for the past 20 years, I was interested in this book because I thought it might be a good source of information to direct Buyers towards if the home they were considering purchasing had water that was entering their basement or crawl space.

Boy, was I wrong! First of all, it is just a big promotion for the basement waterproofing industry. If I wanted that information, I would have called my local waterproofing company out of the yellow pages and had them send me a pamphlet on their services. It would have been a whole lot cheaper than ordering the book.

Secondly, it was written for a 3rd grader. I saw no "science" in the information. And, things that were mentioned as being problems (4 sump pumps, gravel drains in the middle of yards, etc.) were things I have never seen in the hundreds of houses I have sold.

I don't recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on July 19, 2012
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I got this sent to me free when I made an appointment for an estimate from my local Basement Systems installer. Oh, it isn't a completely worthless book, but it is essentially an advertisement for the proprietary products they sell. If you want a free copy, just set up an appointment for an estimate with your local installer. You'd best do your independent research, too, since the system that BS (Basement Systems, that is) sells is of questionable design, according to people who don't sell it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Rockefeller on September 7, 2010
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The other reviewers are right--don't waste your money buying a book that is only a promotion for the company. Besides, this guy says the best way to close out leaks is from the inside and long-time experts say exactly the opposite for cement block construction.
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By Tim G on January 19, 2011
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I agree with the folks who see this book as an advertisement, and find it funny that a person mentions that it might be given away by a salesman. When I contacted a local company for a quote, they sent me the book! In my case, I wanted to better understand the issue I was having and the right way to solve it, unbiased. I purchased Jack Master's book instead, and I'm very glad I did (see my review of his book). Once you understand your issue, this book might help you understand some of the products out there, but mostly the ones the author is pushing. I don't doubt that they are good products. However, a great product in the wrong application won't do the trick. In general, there are some good pointers in the book, and good food for thought.
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