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What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...best approach given the rest of basement is done the old school way (incorrectly)? Thanks in advance your site is new to me and is a great resource. The wall yo...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What's the best way to seal a crawl space and insulate?

...best way to seal a crawl space and insulate? Currently it is a vented space. Should the vents be closed permanently? The floor joists have batt insulation in th...

Posted by Steven Johnston Feb. 23, 2021, 12:35 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...best way to insulate a wall you need to assemble it in a way that not only meets building code, but that is the right way to build in your specific climate zone...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...best rigid foam insulation . The most important thing to remember is that basement walls can’t dry to the outside the way above grade walls can, so you need to ...

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

What is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...best way to cover up the insulation without boxing in the pipes that cross lower than the ceiling joists. Could pine boards be fitted between the joists up agai...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

...best method of heating the house. Most people in this area seem to use propane for heat but we are thinking in floor heat and an electric furnace. Are we on t...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...way to manage any water that drains down the wall, but that’s a good start. Did you see the following page about best practices for basement renovations? Why ...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...way, but if it is better to go with EPS then bats. Thanks for your help! Bryan If you’ve read our basement articles then you know we think EPS and Rockwool ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...best insulated from the exterior to keep them warm, but it doesn’t sound like that is your plan. You need to be careful when insulating the interior of a block ...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 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 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 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

What is the best way to build a slab foundation on a slope?

...ways to build a slab on grade foundation on sloped building lots , but doing three separate slabs isn’t necessarily the cheapest option. Did you specifically wa...

Posted by keri gelenian Nov. 23, 2020, 6:32 p.m. Foundation choices 2 Responses

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

...way to remove humidity from a basement is without a doubt, a continuously operating dehumidifier . Select one that is sized to manage the amount of space you ha...

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

What is the best way to install slab on grade insulation?

I am planning on building a small house 35 x30 that will sit on a slab on grade. I'm planning on installing some kind of wood floor so my question is. Would it...

Posted by paul fowler Aug. 26, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 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 the exterior walls of an 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 1 Responses