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How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...choose are, and labour. I would also try to use salvaged materials as much as possible, that will help save a lot of money. Start looking now on used material...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Do you have any tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

...choose the one that seems the most appealing, but with some you will need to bail out any standing water first, others will need some basic tools. 1) The firs...

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

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

...choose to spray foam your basement walls, there are currently two companies that have switched to much less harmful blowing agents, Demilec and Elastochem, so c...

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

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...choose the right rigid foam insulation for the right application so your walls can dry. Great, thanks very much for your input...that makes a lot of sense.

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

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

...Choose the Right Rigid Foam Board What causes frost heave and how to prevent it And about venting crawlspaces, that can be a problem depending on where yo...

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

What is the best method of building a slab on grade?

...choose the prefab slab kit route, Legalett supplies across North America and they may have a list of local installers.

Posted by Jay Law April 19, 2021, 3:09 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...choose, just be very careful during installation. Be careful not to puncture it, and when you do, be sure to tape it. Try to avoid areas where mebranes are fold...

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

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

...choose an insulation material, weather barrier, strapping and new siding.

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Does marmoleum comes in sheets like linoleum?

...choose to see if it will bond properly. The other thing is, if you glue it to the linoleum rather than the wood subfloor, it's adhesion would be reliant on the ...

Posted by Deanna Willer Oct. 1, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What flooring goes over a radiant heated floor?

...choose eco-friendly, healthy, durable floors

Posted by dave levy Nov. 29, 2021, 12:45 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...choose a wall assembly, here are a few pages of material types that are available. How to choose a wall system for home construction What is the best insu...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...choose wisely. There are some rigid insulation panels with air barriers, vapor barriers, some with none and some with both. In cold climates you want vapor barr...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 9 Responses

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

...choose the right house wrap weather barrier All that to say, when it comes to managing vapor movement through walls I would be careful on the outside with too...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is the best heating system for new home build?

...choose electric heat, fossil fuel heating is on its way out. read more here – Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Zero Energy Homes As for the slab on g...

Posted by Maureen Thompson Oct. 28, 2021, 11:33 p.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

Which is the best foam board insulation to put against poured concrete basement walls?

...choose EPS over XPS, and if you can spare the space, I’d suggest 3 inches of EPS rather than 2 inches of XPS. So put whichever of those two foam boards you like...

Posted by Patricia Roberts Dec. 28, 2021, 6:18 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...choose hydronic with a gas boiler. As for install cost, you may find electric wire systems to be a bit cheaper, but get a quote for each to be sure. If you ar...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...choose the best course of action and if so, here are a few questions we would have if you want to work on it further – Is the basement floor finished? Is it...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...choose :) We are currently building a new demo house, on a slab, here is a video of the install if you want to have a peek. It is entirely above grade, and as...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses