Repairing a hole going outside? (pics)

Hi Everyone,
This is my first post here, and I would just like to note that this is my first house, I just bought it last week. Therefore I do not know alot about fixing things in a home, but I am very good with my hands and can get around just about anything as long as I have some advice on how to do it. That being said, I will describe the problem:
The previous owner had a hole going outide from the basement, not in the foundation, but just above through the wood and ultimately through the vinyl outside. I have included a couple of pics to better describe the issue:
http://www3.sympatico.ca/sledhead/house/Oct10th-2003/IMG_2012.JPG
http://www3.sympatico.ca/sledhead/house/Oct10th-2003/IMG_2013.JPG
http://www3.sympatico.ca/sledhead/house/Oct10th-2003/IMG_2014.JPG
I guess what I am looking for is reccomendations on how to repair this and keep the house "vapour barriered" for a lack of a better term.
I'm only speculating here but this is what I think I am going to need, please correct me if I am wrong.
1.) Plastic sheet about 6" bigger than the hole 2.) Some kind of silicone 3.) 1/2" thick or so peice of plywood to cover the hole and plastic 4.) Screws to screw it in place. 5.) Insulation to cover it up 6.) Drywall sheet
Here is my theory on how I will go to fix it.
This will all be done by the inside of the house (from the basement)
1.) Cut out a peice of plastic about 6" diameter larger than the hole itself 2.) Slap some silicone (lots of it) all around the edges of the plastic. 3.) Put the plastic in place to cover the hole and stick it all around 4.)Grab the peice of plywood and cover the plastic and screw it into place 5.) Attach another peice of plastic larger than the plywood and silicone it, into place. 6.) Insulate the area. 7.) Put in the new peice of drywall.
Anything else? or am I missing some kind of material? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks,
GDC
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What the hell was the hole put there for in the first place?
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What the hell does it matter why the hole is there. I just want to know how to fix it.
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The hole may have been placed there for some type of venting for a dryer or something. It may be a good idea to make sure the hole is absolutely not needed before repairing.
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Inquiring minds want to know . . .
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Not an expert but here is what I would do.
Cut out more of the area around the whole. Taking care not to cut into the plastic behind the dry wall.
"Fix" the part missing on the outside of the house and put the insulation back in. Check to make sure no studs or supports were cut to make the hole and if so might have to take care of it before covering the hole.
Put the vapor barrier back up in contact with the old vapor barrier NOT over the drywall on the basement side.
Most likely used as a vent for a paint booth, would be my guess.

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It's will be difficult to mud and featheredge that patch in, I would probably replace the whole sheet of drywall. Show us the 'after' picture.

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Sounds like you are on the right track. You need to try and "match" the construction around the area as much as possible. If the outside sheathing under the siding is 1/2in plywood, go with that for the patch. Like someone mentioned, it would probably be best to try and enlarge the hole so as to have existing framing to attach everything to. I wonder about that seemingly large piece of wood entering the hole from the right. Is this as large as it looks? If so, what's its purpose? If it's sructural in nature that it appears the sructure integrity has been compromised by cutting it. repair as needed to restore.
If you mention 2 layers of plastic, one on each side of the plywood. I don't know that this is a good idea. Normally the plastic is the vapor barrior, and that should go on the insulation towards the heated/cooled area (inside of the house). If you've cut the opening back to where you can get at existing studs or nailers, you should have no problem patching the drywall and mudding the joints so the patch is not noticable once completed.
As someone mentioned, post an "after" picture when you're done!

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looking at 2013, the framing may have been cut. If that is so, it needs to be spliced to provide consistent structure. The wall should have these layers from out to in: Siding "House wrap" or building paper sheathing framing insulation between framing members vapor barrier gypsum board
The layer behind the siding is critical to keeping water out of the system. The patch in this layer should be "shingled" to shed any water that gets through the siding. The sheathing should be patched to give the outer layer support. ( I think a hole this size is probably not a structural issue.) The structural frame should be made continuous. ( How that is done depends on what's there, and I can't see in the photo.) Insulation should be provided, or the dew point is going to be reached within the wall. The vapor barrier must be patched. The gyp board can be cut in and finish the package.
Tom Baker
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I'll chime in with another question. I could not tell in the pictures if the basement sill plate was cut. I can see a white board but cannot identify if that is the sill plate - if not, I, personally, would be concerned that the sill "integrity" has been breached and would worry about that wall "flexing" between studs during settling. Other than that - I agree with the steps outlined above. Just another .02
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the hole inside Is nothing I would just screw a new sheet between the furnace of whatever it is. Its the outside you should worry about
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Thats excellent information Tom, I havent moved into the house yet.. Will be very soon, and will tackle this first thing.. In about 3 weeks or so I will post up my results. Your response was very helpful. Thank you,

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