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Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...break them up so they are easier to address. Best of luck!

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How do you attach exterior siding without affecting the air barrier on a passive house?

...break an air barrier is attention to detail. Even in homes where something as basic as standard building tape and 6 mil poly are relied upon to act as the air b...

Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...break under the sill (plastic unknown in 1820!). So would moisture/rot be a concern besides freezing? I'm in Zone 5a by the way; low temps -20F to-15F or -28 to...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

Should I vent the space between a block wall and vapor barrier?

...break up the concrete along the edge of the wall and lay down a drain you could direct it to a sump pump, that is really the best way to manage bulk water build...

Posted by Nick Santore Oct. 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...break) in the following page- Best practices for durable basement construction to avoid mold As for applying the EPS rigid insulation, I wouldn’t worry too ...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...break". If I bought a new house that had insulated basement walls and an exposed vapour barrier, the first thing I would do would be take it all down so walls...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...break between the concrete and the comfortbatt? Or is the poly acting as enough of a moisture barrier that I could just glue the poly to the concrete, put down ...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

Hi: I am stripping a 150 yr old timber of its 3 layers of siding and re-insulating and leak-sealing the exposed cavities from the outside. I will be re-sheathi...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...break thermal bridges in wall assemblies and improve the overall thermal performance of a home as well an increase home durability, which is what happens when y...

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

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...break between the footing and the foundation wall , which you can see on the diagram. There are products specifically designed for that purpose, but in reality ...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

...breaks in the insulation. My ideas was as follow : fill the sloped cavity with crushed stone trying to get it as level as possible, cover it with vapour barri...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to do exterior foundation styrofoam finishing?

...break the parging, but that’s never happened to me.

Posted by Castor River Farm Jan. 31, 2021, 12:56 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses