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What is the best way to insulate exterior of older home?

...best to install a vapour open exterior insulation so you don’t trap moisture inside the walls, which is why we most often recommend installing some sort of Mine...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...best way to control the moisture. This building is in central Alberta so temps range from -35 C to +35 C. Converting a cottage to a 4-season home is not an easy...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

I have an unfinished walkout basement with 3 sides at or below grade. The two sides of the house have poured concrete step foundation down toward the rear with...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 0 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...best way for you, we just need a bit more info - Where are you located? (City or climate zone) Is your crawlspace humid? (A hydrometer is cheap to buy and...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Heco topix screws - which type should be used for attaching insulation outside a house?

Attaching battens through 4" EPS foam external insulation, should Therm Insulation or Stainless screws be used? Is it necessary to have the double thread desig...

Posted by Mike Taylor April 7, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Materials and resources 2 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...best bet is to have a very good thermal envelope to reduce the heat load and, if possible, orient the house for passive solar heating . Both of those design pri...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...best performance from your windows and to reduce thermal bridging through the rough opening, they are best set inside a bit. You can see a thermal image of heat...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...ways you could go about it. I think what you may be referring to in our video is the interior mound of compacted fill we built to allow for a grade beam / thi...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...way so we would point you towards either Lowes or Home Depot since both those retailers have made a commitment to only stock vinyl flooring that contains no pht...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

...way) Would it be enough to get a Mr.Slim type system which is good to -25 and supplement with the fireplace if needed? Is it better to keep my one mini-split ...

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

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

...best when insulating the cripple wall and rim joists? Of the methods you list, myself I would go with the rigid EPS and see if you can make it continuous with t...

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

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...way any smell. Can you help me. I live on Vancouver Island Unfinished crawlspaces really are a source of moisture and mold , that’s why its so important to keep...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...way that makes sense or do I need to start over? I was thinking of acid staining the floor and then applying a sealant, but I now see that this product is not L...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

...best way to insulate from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Here is an article that will give you a starting place about tearing down or ...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...way until Joist levels. ( Not insulated) can touch concrete. And no Vapor barrier. The basement is also dry and not humid. The joists are fully embedded insid...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

I am about to start a full strip out and rebuild of my basement to make a secondary suite. I've been reading all the information on the site and find it very u...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

I contacted several concrete polishers and they each told me something different. Some say use epoxy, some say don’t, I've even had some people suggest wax or ...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...ways had much better luck with tape. As for the other windows, it may be worth pulling off some trim for a look, and you will of course be an expert after you...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses