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What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

...best and where to use them While most insulation materials actually perform a little better the colder it gets, polyiso is the opposite and its R value tends ...

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

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

Ive been a Plasterer for 30yrs and always wrapped and flashed windows to protect from water intrusion. Yet I see roofers doing it wrong, painters attempting it...

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

What is the best way to do exterior foundation styrofoam finishing?

I have never done exterior foundation insulating because I have never seen a good looking and long lasting finish. Even parging on concrete only lasts so long ...

Posted by Castor River Farm Jan. 31, 2021, 12:56 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is the best exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...best? I assume at least some of the insulation will still be exposed above grade, correct? Did you have a finishing plan for that? If not exposed to direct su...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What is the best method of repairing joists in a low crawl space?

...Best of luck.

Posted by deb bino Sept. 1, 2021, 9:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

I need a 3 or 4 zone ductless air source system in the 24,000 BTU range. Suggestions? When looking for a heat pump for a home, we would recommend checking th...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What heating system to use in my new detached garage/shop?

...best choice? Or are there better options that I didn't think about? Thank you for your help and keep up the good work! David

Posted by David Perreault Dec. 4, 2020, 10:23 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 0 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

We have to redo our finished basement after groundwater made it in following the biggest storm in our area's history. We were "dry" to the naked eye for ~10 ye...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...best bet at this point is to contact a septic engineer , as they are the ones that would need to design a system and size it appropriately and regional Building...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

What type of insulation should I use ?

1820 farmhouse..2nd floor I heated...restoring 1st floor bedroom ceiling leaving beams exposed. What is best insulation that will be moisture, fire retardant, ...

Posted by Dawn Wood Feb. 5, 2021, 12:02 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

My fiance and I are building our first home. We purchased some basic house plans that are designed for a slab on grade home. I am really leaning towards slab o...

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

What is the best indoor lighting solution for a single story cathedral ceiling?

...best LED bulbs and DIY lighting fixture installation tips What we did was install a double layer of strapping on the ceiling after the air barrier was there, ...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy June 1, 2021, 8:39 p.m. Lighting 1 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 deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

A small portion of an indoor lap pool in southeastern New York has a drop ceiling and an outdoor deck above it. I believe it has Ice Water Shield or something ...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Metal structure from the Inside?

...best design. And the idea that you cannot insulate outside the metal or risk wind shear, is that the recommendation from the manufacturer? Adding insulation to ...

Posted by Jacky Surber May 2, 2021, 4:09 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 2 Responses

How do I best insulate my century home from the inside?

I have a century home that I am renovating myself as time and money permits. I have a strong desire to make this home as comfortable as possible for my time in...

Posted by Merner Row Design May 12, 2021, 12:22 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...best way to keep costs down is to keep the size down and the design simple, so take time to consider how big a home you really need.

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

What is the best way to do a radiant floor in an off grid house?

...Best of luck to you both. Hi Nick. In the past (1997) I had built a log home and installed a Tempcast masonry heater with great results. Burnt tiny amounts of o...

Posted by Julien Comtois Oct. 2, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Heating and cooling 6 Responses