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How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...and finishing you have, but proper exterior drainage and other storm water protection may solve the problem so definitely start with that and see if it solves t...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...and the mineral wool. They dug holes in the wool and left a lot of feces. I would like to know if their traces are toxic for humans, and would you recommend cha...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...and able to be curved where copper would have needed a joint, so it’s a much quicker and easier install. From an environmental point of view, copper and PEX bot...

Posted by H Davis Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...and more accurate than a bi-metal thermostat, so they will cause your radiators to cycle on and off more frequently and avoid dramatic swings in temperature. ...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...and what should I do? Hi, first a couple of questions back to you, does your furnace have an outside air intake? And do you have a mechanical ventilation system...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...and I think I should install an HRV, I have on older home (1970s) and it doesn't have one, wondering what I should be looking for. thanks Choosing the right hea...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...anded synthetic rubber or expanded polyethylene. Also available is a fiberglass sheath, that’s more commonly seen in commercial and institutional buildings th...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you make new wood look old?

...and the finest steel wool you can get "00000", and here's how to do it: 1) First, wash the steel wool (some manufacturers apply an oil to prevent it from rust...

Posted by Claire Dec. 11, 2017, 3:38 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...and slope the land away from the foundation . And be sure to raise any wood flooring above the surface of the concrete. As for appliance leaks, there are a co...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...andwiched between the ground and the slab. What do you think? A Slab on Grade needs to be built correctly, but no, Insulation under a slab floor will not make i...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...and just send your remaining grey and black water to a holding tank and empty it as you would any RV, at a campground facility. I will reach out to some of the ...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...and do not know exactly how they work. A question that has come to mind is the position of the ground loop fluid heat exchanger, and if it would be beneficial...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...Andrew is dishonest. He has owed a refund of approximately $4,000 for more than a year. He has repeatedly lied and promised but never repaid and never followed ...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...and/or rim joists. I'm way less concerned about R-values or project cost than I am about moisture (and bugs, to be embarassingly candid about the matter). I g...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carpeting. We don't plan to put carpeting back in but would like ...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...and how to best proceed with home renovations and energy efficient upgrades. Please have a read on a few of these pages, and once you have a better idea of wh...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

Legalett's air heated radiant floor system uses a sealed, closed-loop system, in part, to control moisture in the tubing and therefore mold growth. In Ecohome’...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How do you insulate a ceiling and finish it on the inside with wood?

...and-gravel, we have no insulation from the inside and our ceiling has a lovely beam and a frame. My husband wants to insulate the inside ceiling and add wooden ...

Posted by antonija klotz Oct. 20, 2019, 7:31 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses