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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 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 way to super insulate the exterior of our 1975 four level split home?

Our idea is to 'double strap' the exterior. First, the siding is in excellent condition and is the masonite type that was fairly common in the that time period...

Posted by Dan LLC Properties Dec. 26, 2020, 4:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 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. 0 Responses

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

...best was to seal the complete cottage foot print when there is not enough room to get under the building? How would moisture affect this area and how would be t...

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

What is your advice on exterior wall insulation for a tiny home?

...best tiny house we’ve seen so far - How to Build Tiny Houses on Wheels for Cold Climates We say its the best mostly because it is sufficiently insulated, wh...

Posted by Mitch Fowler Aug. 27, 2020, 7:04 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...best surfaces to collect and store heat. But the energy gains are not nearly significant enough to be worth living on a floor that you just don’t like. You may ...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

...best to just use straight hemp that you have, since there isn't any need for structural support, so all the concrete will do is reduce the insulation value. and...

Posted by Chryss James Nov. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

I took off the trim around a sliding door during the summer in search of a pesky cricket, I found the cricket but I also found big gaps between window and fram...

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

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

I have read that heating a product will cause it to release any VOCs, do you have a preferred product for hot water pipe insulation that won’t off-gas into hom...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What insulation should you use to cover the ground GEODESIC Dome?

...best help you – What is your climate zone? And will the floor be carrying the weight of the building? Do you have plans drawn and a building permit yet? Yours...

Posted by Vincent Warwick Oct. 1, 2020, 2:09 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...best left to licenced HVAC installers. All too often a DIY ventilation job or one done by an overly-confident but inexperienced general contractor will lead to ...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...best home insulation , you’ll find a list of the pros and cons of different types of insulation here on this page – What is the best insulation for a home? ...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...best rated on the market today. A heat pump rated to -15 C will be all I am looking for. What would you recommend and why? I forgot to address the post about ...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 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

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

...best to make sure that you only use products that are vapor permeable. Here is our page on Choosing the best rigid insulation , you may also want to check out...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

We have Douglas fir on our property and would like to use them for a post and beam style home. But is it reasonable to also expect to have a well sealed and in...

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is an Alternative ground cover to grass for a yard that gets wet and shady where kids play ?

...best Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards? That pages should give you some alternatives to consider, but we wouldn’t be able to help you much...

Posted by Hillary Fairbanks Sept. 4, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives 1 Responses