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Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...to check. This particular wall is not buried fully like the rest (due to slope of property) and it is exposed to the outside temps top to bottom from the outsid...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...to the point where you aren’t even using it as living space? Eventually though, as you seem to know, you will need to do a full renovation and remove all the ...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

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

...to go full-on passive, but I believe I can convince them to put money into the house early if it will pay off. In other words, I'm happy to spend $50,000 today ...

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

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...tom horizontal 2X4. Is it just some kind of foam? - Are you not supposed to attach the drywall directly to the 2x4s? The rectangles with 'X's in them directly...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

How do you fix ice dams and crawl space insulation in historic homes?

...torm. How to prevent it in future? Contractor said it wasn't a big deal. Crawl space under house with pipes which froze during same storm. Is it wise to insulat...

Posted by Faith K Feb. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

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

...to solar collection potential). Am I crazy? Brian We haven't seen any great results when trying to marry solar air heaters to an HRV . To achieve a similar re...

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

Where should you mount solar panels if you don't have space on your roof?

...to place solar panels on our roof, we want some type of panel support to be fixed on the ground. We want to have a Solar Tracker a well, we live in Chateauguay ...

Posted by Dan Hynes Aug. 31, 2020, 9:23 a.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

Does marmoleum comes in sheets like linoleum?

...to linoleum that is intended to be glued to a subfloor. If the floor already has linoleum, are you able to remove it easily? It would be best to glue it direc...

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

What is the best indoor lighting solution for a single story cathedral ceiling?

...to mitigate venting and loss of heat through the ceiling? Is there otherwise a better alternative for lighting on cathedral ceiling in single story cottage to m...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy June 1, 2021, 8:39 p.m. Lighting 1 Responses

Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?

...to the laws of physics. About 20% of mixed concrete is water, and since the ground is also wet, that moisture will migrate to where it is dry, which is to the...

Posted by Michael Scott April 12, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...tor or energy recovery ventilator) Do you use exhaust fans? (bathroom fan and stove hood) Does your stove hood vent directly outside or does it filter air a...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to install slab on grade insulation?

...to increase the sub-slab EPS foam insulation is nothing compared to the labor required to switch to an entirely different method of insulating. I would first po...

Posted by paul fowler Aug. 26, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Why is there condensation above ground on an interior basement wall?

...to cool and the humidity to condense. 2lb. closed cell Spray foam is an excellent alternative insulation as it will bond directly to the concrete during the sit...

Posted by Barb Daluisio Jan. 12, 2021, 1:26 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...to access crawl space, exposed floor joists 24'' o.c., height from ground to bottom of joists is 36" If you have a three-sided foundation wall with lattice wo...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...top of the wall (100%underground ) to bottom of the wall (100% above ground) when it gets to walkout side . I am in climate zone 3A. I already have stud wal...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

Where to get good tape for taping air barriers?

...to find. So you are best to source them online and they get shipped directly to you. And, I woul say it really is worth it. The solvents in lower-quality buildi...

Posted by Frank Suerich-Gulick Sept. 12, 2020, 7:25 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

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

...to fix it now before you get too deep into this. Hi there! The house is located in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Per code the wood does touch the top ...

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

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...to make it a smooth experience for their customers, so I understand that if you receive any resistance from your municipal inspector that they will go to bat fo...

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