Basement / Discussions

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...basement is insulated from the ground floor with pink insulation. Over the years, there have been several mouse infestations in the basement, between the suspen...

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

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...basement concrete floor for future infloor heating (no system on the tubes yet). Existing heat is electric baseboard and a wood stove centrally located in basem...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...basements and crawlspaces Sub-slab depressurization is a great method for radon removal, but if the basement is not finished space, one mitigation strategy ...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

I'm trying to insulate Rim joists /cripple walls in basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate c...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...basement up to the rim joists. This space is now wonderful to live in. However, at -40, we experience frost and freezing temperatures on the main floor in the...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

...basement but the slab section, ideally with your hot air radiant heat system, would be about 1000 square feet. There is only one manufacturer of slab on grade f...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fill the block with concrete for strength, in addition to repairing the grout. Thanks i...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...basement, my first thought would be to avoid that and stay above grade. Building a basement is typically a more expensive way to build, and even if you take mea...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Should you put insulation on the outside of a cinder block wall in a desert?

...basement, being a cinderblock home with a 2 foot over hang. I studed my inner wall, I put R13 fiberglass and sheet rock, then on the outside I tared the out sid...

Posted by Michael Apodaca March 9, 2020, 3:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...basement to roof, infloor heating in basement, geothermal heating (closed loop, 6 wells 200 ft deep), triple E argon windows, R50 attic insulation, etc. Howev...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...basement. Main and 2nd floor have wood floors that I don't intend to change. Stone foundation. Basement floor is a cement pour in the 70s or 80s? Each floor is ...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...basement outside, would you rest the wall sheets on the top of the metal trim of the exterior basement sheets or leave a small gap? When working with the sheets...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...basement foundation, but can a slab foundation hold up in the cold new england winters without any protection from the elements? I worry that if the slab has ze...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...basement adjacent to the crawlspace contains our oil-fired heating system; there is a small opening allowing access to the crawlspace from the "full" basement (...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How can I heat a bedroom above a garage?

...basement I'm wondering whether we replace the existing system and install an electric wire system from within the garage. We have solar so the cost is less impo...

Posted by Steve Dulmage April 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

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

...basement found water at about 42" below ground level. These constraints seem to have ruled out a lot of possibilities. Would it be realistic to look at converti...

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

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

I'm building a home up north in Parry Sound, Ontario next year. I'd like a slab foundation raised three feet above the ground level. I'd like to have a wrap ar...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...basement that will rot inside a decade, but certainly with a well built and insulated basement since that’s more expensive to do than the way almost all homes a...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses