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Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

I'm not concerned with the compression issue, but rather how the lateral (shear) loads get transferred from the concrete footing into the soil, via the insulat...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...basement that we would suggest is to build a fully insulated raft slab first, then build ICF walls on top . See the Geo-Slab frost protected slab on grade by Le...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...basement and pellet stove on the main floor. The house is not very big, 1600 sqft with a basement. All our living space is on the main level. We have been loo...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...Basement; Which is Best? Reading that page will give you a better idea of what to look for in a slab. And the first question in my mind would be if it was hea...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...basement , and to build the slab yourself if you can. It will likely be cheaper than a (properly built*) full basement foundation, and a polished concrete floor...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

I want to build a 24 x 26 garage. I would like to do a slab on grade for the obvious savings of not pouring the 4' frost wall and wante to do infloor heating. ...

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

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...Basement Floor Need? And here is a page about slab on grade premade form kits , this is by a company called Legalett that provides slab on grade kits that mea...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...basements , that’s one of our building guide pages that will help you pick a method. Read those over and get back to us, we can for sure set you up. Sound good?...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...basement or crawlspace you are at risk of radon gas contamination , so venting is good for now but I would think of a longer term solution. The whole Ottawa Val...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

I live in Climate Zone 6 in a low humidity, cold, and snowy environment. Heating only no cooling. Currently have T1-11 siding, tar paper, R13 FB insulation, an...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...basement) 2x6 framed with vaulted ceilings (standard scissor trusses). It was built in the mid 1990s to the R-2000 standard. I am looking to take it to a passiv...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...basements and crawl spaces Solutions: The first thing we would recommend is removing the wet and moldy fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass is quite susceptibl...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...basement and is it humid? Do you have and use a stove hood, and does it vent out? Do have you have (and use) a bathroom fan? And how old is the house - do you k...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

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

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

I plan on improving insulation to the point of needing an air exchanger. I thought it best to test for radon gas after I've tightened up the major air leakage ...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...basement you’ll need some heat down there. We have it ingrained in our heads that ‘heat rises’, which is, in a word, wrong. ‘Warm air’ rises, but heat goes in...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

...basement door knob but that won’t cause a freezing problem. It is the warm humid air leaking out through upper floor door knobs that can freeze. Solutions: ...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Can houses built on screw piles move?

My 560 sq.ft. Knotty Pine Cabin sits on screw piles and rocks in high wind and a little during the stat of the spin cycle on the washing machine. Should I be c...

Posted by Pamela Douglas June 23, 2020, 1:18 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses