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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 4 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

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

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 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

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

How you vent a metal roof?

...boards running from eaves to ridge and is visible from the interior as my finished ceiling.​ ​The approach that I am considering using to install the fastened...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

Where can I find hempwool and hemp Hurd/binder?

We are a hempcrete and hempwool installation company in Boulder, Colorado. I would like to have a consistent source of these products if possible. Are you the ...

Posted by eamonn mcnaughton Aug. 17, 2020, 9:08 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Do frost lines where studs are on a wall show a failure of spray foam insulation?

I have a customer with frost problems whose home shows every stud from the outside on a winter day. Would you say their spray foam insulation has failed? It's ...

Posted by Gerald Crozier July 22, 2019, 10:24 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 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

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...boards I have a few questions that will help us pin down the best way forward for you - How old is the home? Is there an exterior membrane on the basement w...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...boards, but that has not turned out to be as excellent as originally thought. It turns out that the performance actually gets worse the colder it gets. That's a...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Where can i buy hemp batt insulation in Western Canada?

Chevy Campervan remodel. I have respiratory issues and looking for the least toxic insulation for this metal frame. Do I need to use foil tape with hemp insula...

Posted by Jen Moffat Aug. 14, 2020, 11:14 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...boards.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 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