Sloping the soil away from the foundation will remedy a wet basement most of the time. The Family Handyman recommends firmly packing clay soil around the foundation, with at least a 4-in. slope over the first 4 ft. Place 6-mil black plastic over the soil and cover it with landscape rock. Install 4- to 6-ft. gutter extensions to your downspouts to direct water farther away from your foundation.
B.I.G. Tip of the Day! TEMPORARY Extension Cord Protection from the Family Handyman! The Family Handyman Temporary Extension Cord Protection - If you're having a party or some other event in the yard and you need additional electricity sources, here's a great way to keep extension cord plugs dry. Cut notches in the opposite sides of a reusable plastic container and snap on the lid. Your plugs will stay dry if it happens to rain or the ground is moist.
The Family Handyman DIY Tip of the Day: Deck building tip. When you’re building a deck or other structure solo, it’s pretty hard to level long joists and beams, then hold them in place while you secure them. Here’s one way to do it. Secure one end of the joist or beam, then support it with a car scissors jack. Crank the jack up or down to level as necessary, then secure or support the other end at just the right position.