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Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...boards from the outside, and then blow in the cellulose. Does that sound like a good option? Going with Cellulose instead of spray foam will add a bit of comp...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...boards on the exterior. As for cost comparison of ZIP sheathing vs normal sheathing and home wrap , there are way too many variables to pin that down accurate...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...boards and place them between the joists and seal them with acoustic seal. The acoustic seal can be messy to deal with but it really works well and stays flexib...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do you do insulation the outside of a log home?

...boards. And the answer is yes to installing a house wrap as it would help to mitigate air leakage , log homes are not known to be particularly airtight. But a...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...boards? About stripping the boards, sorry, no. I was more asking than advising. If you have a framed wall with 1x8s and its all solid and square, meets code a...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...boards and inspecting between the window and the rough opening (the wall framing). If it looks like there is water damage, remove and replace the insulation, an...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...boards or rock wool. Wait for a string of sunny days to do it, and make sure it is well-protected from water infiltration for the length of time it takes to get...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...boards (photo below). They were surprisingly easy to build, we just ripped the insulation panels on a table saw and just pressure fit them in place. It didn’t e...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...boards or Rockwool would be a better alternative. Both are more suitable for potentially humid environments, and Rockwool in particular is made with recycled st...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...boards for the wall and floor. ( Top of slab) Whats the best approach. Thank you We would advice against spray foaming any rim joists that are wet set in ...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...boards, but be sure to get the right ones, so be sure to read this page first - The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS Foam Insulation & Styrofoam There ...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...boards can go right against the CMU wall (Rockwool / mineral wool is not harmed by moisture, so you alleviate the risk or mold forming inside walls. Then add th...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

Eight years after our house was built, we noticed that the MDF baseboards in our finished basement became discoloured and swollen from potential moisture. We r...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall

...boards, is that a 2 inch panel instead of 1 inch would boost your wall performance by somewhere are around 20%, but that's only if you can spare the space.

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

How can I solve a moisture problem in attic from 1941 home?

...boards. I will remedy this with insulation removal and fogging concromium. We are getting a new roof in a month and it will have roof intake vents on the lower ...

Posted by Rachel Katz June 8, 2019, 4:06 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

We live in Bellingham WA and our basement was built in the 70's. It has high humidity (70-80%RH) although I don't see any visible damp anywhere. The washer/dry...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses