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Can you use boards instead of sheathing?

...boards on a diagonal. Could you tell me if this would meet the current National Building Code? Using Wind bracing instead of sheathing will definitely reduce lu...

Posted by Stephen Montgomery May 30, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...boards against the concrete would be wise, and though there would be minor amounts of air space given that a concrete foundation wall is never a perfect uniform...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...boards against the wall. My frames are already put up. And I either put the insulation boards on top of frame or in between each frame against the cinderblocks....

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

Hi, I live in Southwest Indiana and the basement to our home has no insulation with a cinderblock wall that they have either applied white paint or drylok to, ...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

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

...boards for installation in my basement rim joists, should I be looking for faced or unfaced foam boards to install there--and which surface of the boards (faced...

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

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

I am replacing the windows and siding on my house built in 1994. The wall construction from interior to exterior is 1/2 " drywall, 2x3 strapping filled with fi...

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you make new wood look old?

...boards, is there any method for speeding up the aging process? A very simple way to give wood an aged look is to apply an oxidizing solution. Here is an easy ...

Posted by Claire Dec. 11, 2017, 3:38 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...boards are visible and in great shape. Shingles were incorrectly installed though, so need replaced, and we were planning to put a steel roof on instead. The bo...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

I have a crawlspace with 4' concrete walls and a cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam b...

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

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...boards, then rigid foam insulation and then faced fiberglass batts and then plywood subfloor of the outdoor deck. The rigid foam was not sealed (no air barrie...

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

What's the difference between EPS and GPS insulation?

...boards, which are very difficult to find here in QC, I've bumped into a 4' x 8' x 1" thick board, called GPS. Do you have a webpage about GPS insulation? I want...

Posted by Ronald Tetrault Feb. 3, 2021, 5:22 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...boards be fitted between the joists up against the insulation or is it possible to use metal sheeting of some sort? Or would you recommend that it is better to ...

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

Has anyone insulated under a swimming pool?

...boards under 6-7000 gallons of water to keep the ground from sucking the heat out of the pool. Haven't found anyone that has done this, would rigid foam be stab...

Posted by Randy Parent May 10, 2021, 8:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...boards from water damage. Want to have a super durable and safe sealor, probably satin finish most likely. Thank you, Gail The healthiest floor sealer and the e...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

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

I have been reading so much on insulation ....and out of the foam boards I think eps might be the best to use, but not sure if the foil face would be good, may...

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?

...Boards over the concrete and replace the foam in between the studs and maybe even put the existing fiberglass batt insulation back in the cavities over the foam...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate concrete basement walls and avoid mould?

...boards installed between the frame stuctures. I do not want to finish the basement any time soon, but I want to insulate it. I have put the Rock Wool in the rim...

Posted by William Hunter Feb. 22, 2021, 11:40 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...boards are1x's. I’ve done thermal scans of the walls. There doesn’t seem to be excessive settling of the cellulose. I’ve checked the attic in the winter and the...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses