Caulking / Discussions

Where can I find caulking and adhesives without antimicrobial (biocides) chemicals?

Although many caulking and adhesive products are now solvent-free and NO or LOW VOC, many contain synthetic antimicrobials or "antifungals" or mildewcides, or ...

Posted by Riki Luri Jan. 10, 2020, 9:55 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...caulking around windows and door on the outside. Now I'm wondering if there is any insulation around any of the windows and doors that were all installed about ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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

...caulking rim/joists and filling w rock insulation btwn. Heard they hate that stuff. Many thanks in advance for any advice and/or validation. Any foundation buil...

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

Is this a good way to insulate drafty windows?

...caulking or tape. I’m having a bit of a hard time visualizing how what you describe, sounds like you are proposing putting something between the panes of glass ...

Posted by Robert Schmidt Feb. 6, 2021, 5:47 p.m. Windows and doors 2 Responses

What is the best way to do Stucco/E.I.F.S exterior window wraps?

...caulking but rather on a high-performance building tape. You can either purchase a flashing pan to collect and divert water or you can build your own with the...

Posted by Pat Estes July 17, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...caulking as well as taping the window to the rough opening , on the interior side, no tape was installed on the exterior. If there is no hole where air can esca...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...caulking the seam between the popcorn ceiling and the beam, hope this will help. I have pictures, but I don't know how to attach them to this post. Hi She...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...caulking or acoustic seal to the rim joists to stop air leakage while you still have access to them. If you were going to install batts in the cavities before r...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...caulking. The problem could also be that they are not well-insulated between the window and the rough opening, or it could also be a case of air leakage. We w...

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

Why is there frost on the underside of my roof overhang?

...caulking b/w ever T&G joint over the top of the exterior walls. Small focused air leaks transport a lot of H20.

Posted by George Paul March 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Where is the correct vapor barrier location in Chicago?

...caulking is nice too) your air barrier at the bottom. You might want to also stick on something like a diamond lath metal to prevent any animals from getting in...

Posted by Joel Peerson Jan. 31, 2021, 7:31 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...caulking, acoustic seal, tape, etc., your choice), as well as at the bottom plate, around all your windows, and around any plumbing and ventilation openings. ...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...caulking, acoustic sealant and backer rods, and thick sill gaskets underneath the bottom plate of the stud wall. Regarding the smart membrane and how they wor...

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

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...caulking or tape if you can identify clear locations where leaks exist. There is also the option of applying a plastic film with double-sided tape over the wind...

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

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...caulking also be used directly against the rim joist/floor joist area? if so, what type?

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses