damp course

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Noun1.damp course - a course of some impermeable material laid in the foundation walls of building near the ground to prevent dampness from rising into the building
row, course - (construction) a layer of masonry; "a course of bricks"
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They also tend to take refuge in damp courses of houses without anybody knowing.
Artist and designer Yorke makes sure you understand your Edwardian (1900-1914) house from its damp courses to its slates and from its floor plan to its place in the urban and suburban neighborhood.
It is eye-catching for politicians to say they have built 500 new homes and less headline-grabbing to say they have put new bathrooms and damp courses in 500 existing properties.
A garage could be built on the ground floor and have damp courses just below the ceiling.