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How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...best to check if you have a radon gas problem, read more here - How to remove radon gas from basements and crawl spaces Solutions: The first thing we would ...

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

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...best method for insulating crawl spaces or basements starts with knowing the temperatures that it will be exposed to. Important to remember is that concrete blo...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 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 ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

The building will be in U.S. climate zone 4. 60 inches of annual rain. Hot and very dry summers. Since it is wildfire prone, fire resistance is needed. Simple ...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

how do I find a window/glass vendor who really understands passive solar houses?

...best windows for High Performance Homes What's The Best Window Frame Material? The short summary of what we would be looking for when choosing windows for a...

Posted by Brigid O'Connor Oct. 23, 2021, 8:55 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How can we clear up green pool water after adding bog plants and lillies?

Our natural pool turned green after adding bog plants It was clear prior to their installation. We have this page on our site about How to Install Natural Swim...

Posted by Mercedes McCloughan June 15, 2020, 1:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?

...best interest to keep it in heat pump mode, and only have it running off gas or electricity in rare cases of high demand for hot water. A larger reservoir wou...

Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

is a double vapor barrier on a South Florida roof bad?

I am building a new home in Naples Florida with a metal roof and open cell foam sprayed on underside of roof deck. I am considering a peal and stick membrane...

Posted by Arthur Moore April 6, 2020, 12:57 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...Best Practices for Insulating Crawlspaces I like your plan for laying down the 6-mil poly barrier, on the floor, without that moisture from the ground will be...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...best starting place are these pages here - Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes For now, assu...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

My home in south-central Pennsylavnia was built in 2001. The unfinished basement (walls and floor) surfaces are formed of poured concrete. One side of the base...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...best. And 2 inches of foam will be between R8 and R10, so the interior surface of foam would be cold and at risk of developing condensation. Here is our buildin...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...best foundation for a prefab home is often limited in a way by the manufacturer and the floor construction. It would seem from the options you’ve laid out that ...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

What are the best Wall and Roof insulation choices and rain screen?

I am doing renovation and addition to the house and trying to make it as airtight as possible. After reading through multiple articles and your responses I was...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman March 15, 2021, 3:32 p.m. Exterior cladding 0 Responses

What’s the best insulation system for a brick/masonry basement foundation wall?

...best to follow the same practices as any other basement renovation or finishing job to avoid the usual mold build up in walls caused by misuse of vapor barriers...

Posted by Ryan Essex Nov. 29, 2021, 8:17 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...best at the 2/rds point if possible, but where exactly in Canada are you? What you propose seems to make sense from a physics point of view as it sounds like ...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

What is the best way to do wall construction using Charred Cedar Siding?

I had a small project building a garage with charred cedar siding and it is for experimenting of using charred cedar. I'm interested to know the wall construct...

Posted by Dobie Cheung June 6, 2020, 10:44 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

When using larsen trussees, what is the maximum spacing between TJIs

...best to check with your municipal building inspector to make sure what ever wall design you do will pass. If the stud wall is carrying the load then it may be n...

Posted by steve outlet March 6, 2020, 12:39 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses