Concrete / Discussions

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

...concrete appeared to be saturated with water. We inspected the foundation outside. The foundation seems to be sealed, although we had to dig down six inches or ...

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

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

...concrete foundation wall (so the wood is not touching the concrete), and they laid down some plastic on the floor so the studs don't touch the concrete floor. M...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 42 Responses

Can you install electric wire in floor heat cables and cork flooring?

...concrete and I will be on time of day rates so the concrete heats up at night. I have R35 in walls and R60 in ceiling I am looking at using the 4mm cork tiles...

Posted by C Whitby Aug. 7, 2020, 6:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 2 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...concrete or blocks, and not let it pass through to the interior wall. A 'vapor barrier' in a basement wall should be against the concrete to separate it from th...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...concrete walls of a basement like mine--at least when one considers that my basement concrete has already had many years to dry out (presumably about as much as...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What's cheaper for total building costs, slab on grade or basement?

...concrete dries vs about 1200 sq. feet with SOG to accomodate our total needs. So my question is: is a 750 sq ft house on top of 750 ft basement cheaper than 120...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 24, 2020, 3:09 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...concrete floor in my crawl space under an addition (the rest of the house is on concrete slab). There is no ductwork, there is a sump pump, and the wall joists ...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...concrete or between the 2" layer of EPS and stud wall, as well as if poly extends to bottom of first floor or stop at top of concrete? Plus, if I don't have tim...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

I finished a basement for a contractor and what we did was put tar paper on the concrete walls the left about 3/4 to an inch of air space than a 2x4 wall I thi...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

I'm installing basement drain system and the contractor wants to install vents through the concrete floor at the wall junction to drain moisture condensate fro...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...concrete footings poured and the floor of the crawl space covered in crushed stone. I have high humidity in the house and crawl space (despite the fact that the...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Have you excavated under one of your slabs middle of winter?

...concrete, by replacing soil with washed gravel 4' deep under my permacolumn Pole barn house walls. Rubble foundation. I would use FPSF insulation methods with r...

Posted by Mike Kolder Jan. 31, 2021, 2:31 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you support windows and doors when mounting them mid-insulation in a wall?

...concrete slab. This worked well and made the lower edge very solid. I am now planning my next phase where I want to do the same thing on the solid wall bungal...

Posted by mark ward Oct. 11, 2021, 5:35 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

...concrete like material, about 3/4" thick). I was thinking about attaching large insulating panels (styrofoam or similar) similar to the ones they use all over E...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What heating system to use in my new detached garage/shop?

Hi. I will build a garage/shop in my backyard next summer. It will be a 20'x30' on a structural concrete slab with around R-35 wall and R-40 roof insulation. T...

Posted by David Perreault Dec. 4, 2020, 10:23 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 0 Responses

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

...concrete floors throughout the home for durability and thermal mass. We are planning to utilize a Sanden air-to-water heat pump for domestic hot water and hydro...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...concrete flooring as our finished floor so keeping it in good condition o finish is important. Thanks for your thoughts! Yes, you can build a slab on grade fo...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...concrete floor. Assuming you have at least 3 or 4 inches of concrete in your floor, it will most likely absorb as much solar-generated heat as you could possibl...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses