Construction / Discussions

Where can I donate all my construction tools/supplies?

...construction and looking to donate. Habbitat don't serve my area. Any suggestion, please! That is a very generous thing to so, a tip of our collective hats to y...

Posted by Sam Djam Nov. 30, 2020, 3:54 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

How do you determine the thickness of concrete for slab on grade construction?

...construction of a slab on grade that will have only liquid forces acting down on it? I don’t know what you mean by liquid forces, but the amount of concrete nee...

Posted by Ackeem Beason Feb. 16, 2021, 2:46 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I sell my construction materials?

...construction sites There is a growing market for buying and selling used building materials online, the following page can help you figure out how and were you ...

Posted by Eshwari Chauke April 20, 2020, 3:04 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 2 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...construction strategies that I've read about, and I put what seem more "high-yield" at the top of the list, and the lower yield stuff at the bottom. I'd love to...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Does the basement construction information on this website apply to the climates in Canada?

...construction and renovation guide pages are geared towards to the most harsh an unforgiving climates . If you can build a sustainable home here, you can build o...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 17, 2020, 9:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to do wall construction using Charred Cedar Siding?

...construction with this material for creating good insulation and modern look. Charred wood or carbonized wood siding, also known as Shou Sugi Ban, is a a matter...

Posted by Dobie Cheung June 6, 2020, 10:44 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

The building will be in U.S. climate zone 4. 60 inches of annual rain. Hot and very dry summers. Since it is wildfire prone, fire resistance is needed. Simple ...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...construction project where one floor is subgrade. It has a cement wall on three sides that the contractor insured me was prepared to be mold resistant. He put s...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

...construction method? There is no reason why a timber frame house can’t be as well insulated and airtight as a stick frame house. Depending on the wall assembly ...

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...construction of our new house shortly, with the basement it will be 3 stories, we will have hot water radiant floor heating on all three levels as our main heat...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

...construction details and code guidelines? An Earthship does not work well in a cold climate . They lack a few key components to be considered an ‘eco friendly’,...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

I am looking at your example of a slab on grade construction technique and wondering how you finish the exterior of the footing insulation once the forms are r...

Posted by Dave Derouin Oct. 18, 2018, 1:45 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

...construction from interior to exterior is 1/2 " drywall, 2x3 strapping filled with fibergalss insulation, 6 mil vapor barrier, 2x6 wall with fiberglass insulati...

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do you recommend ERV or HRV system in mild climates or can do away with them?

...construction so have time to modify the design. 1) Do you recommend installing one? 2) If so, any tips on how to go about it? or particular brands/systems you'd...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:12 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

...construction, the builder didn't immediately seal around the basement windows before he installed the insulation in the basement. Subsequently it probably raine...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 22 Responses

What is the best ERV on the market ?

...construction build that will be energy star certified. Choosing the best air exchanger for a home starts with choosing between an HRV and and ERV (Heat Recovery...

Posted by Brandon Phelps April 18, 2020, 12:09 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...construction drawings, if we opted for this approach for the foundation? 6) We would like if possible to use local people as primary constructors, and we are ...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

I'm evaluating several wall construction methods like ICF, Double stud wall, and pre-built wall assemblies. What can you tell me about your experience with pre...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses