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Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...avoid mold As for applying the EPS rigid insulation, I wouldn’t worry too much either way about air gap or no air gap, because concrete walls aren’t perfectly...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What’s the best insulation system for a brick/masonry basement foundation wall?

...avoid the usual mold build up in walls caused by misuse of vapor barriers. If you haven’t found that yet see here – How to prevent mold when insulating baseme...

Posted by Ryan Essex Nov. 29, 2021, 8:17 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Is it smart to lay plastic under a pier and beam cottage and should I close it in?

...avoid mold and heat loss . And no, we would not recommend creating negative pressure if you close it in. Make it as airtight and moisture-proofed as you can and...

Posted by b port Oct. 31, 2021, 3:19 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...avoid inadvertently adding a second vapour barrier on the outside, as you have warned. From what I have read of the two products I listed, both address that iss...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

What is the best way to do Stucco/E.I.F.S exterior window wraps?

...avoid air and water leaks is left up to the installer, there is no certification that we know of. There are different ways to install windows that work, so one ...

Posted by Pat Estes July 17, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...avoid any issues with drainage while trying to build the footing. If that turns out to be too costly, remember that you can repair crawlspaces in most cases ,...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you support windows and doors when mounting them mid-insulation in a wall?

...avoid. Is it an option at all to mount this particularly heavy door a bit more to the interior? That would make a slightly inconsistent visual compared to the w...

Posted by mark ward Oct. 11, 2021, 5:35 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...avoid the "rip everything out and start again route". Let's call it the "Rip out some bits and accelerate drying to save work and money" route. Firstly, makin...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...Avoid leaving out any food that might attract ants. Signs of carpenter ant infestation Some species of ants will spend their time mostly in your kitchen, pa...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...avoid a few headaches in regards to permitting, because they provide stamped engineering documents as well as installation directions. Having that in-hand may h...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...avoid mold, heat loss and water infiltration , see this page here - Best practices for basement construction - new home or renovations Thar should provide a...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Do I need to spray foam the ceiling of my crawl space to help winterize it?

...avoid freezing for any winters you keep it warm. And a good starting place for all crawlspace improvements is here – Crawl Space Insulation Tips for Insulatin...

Posted by Sheilagh Thompson Jan. 21, 2021, 1:48 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

...avoid things like spray foam, and your suggestion of Rockwool (formerly known as Roxul and technically called mineral wool) insulation is a good one. Here is a ...

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...avoid are, unfortunately, those that show a ‘recycled content’ label, as they can contain post-consumer plastics from electronic equipment such as computers. Ph...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Can you insulate an existing slab on grade floor?

...avoid mold buildup. To test the moisture you could tape down 2 foot by 2 foot sheet of 6 mil poly vapor barrier and see if any beads of moisture form, and if th...

Posted by Patrick Berkeley Dec. 31, 2020, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...avoid using any insulation or air barrier products that aren’t flexible, and another really important feature for any tiny house in a cold climate would be to i...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

...avoid mold and I’m wondering how high above that you are, if at all. I It’s not a problem if the vapour barrier is wet on one side, that just means it’s doing i...

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you build a house ready for climate change?

...avoid flooding , make sure it is well-insulated regardless of whether you are in a heating or cooling dominated climate, and make your house airtight. We can he...

Posted by Mike Joyce May 6, 2021, 8:47 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses