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My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

...door with results near 1 ACH. I am thrilled with it in every way except that on the coldest days and nights my door lock freezes and I can’t get in and out of t...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 2 Responses

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...door with a thermal pane in it. Could this be used for the glass cover of the collector? For a DIY solar air heater that sounds like it would work fine. It may ...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...doors and eliminate thermal bridging? I really like the Legalett Thermasill product, but it looks to have a proprietary design that only fits with their slab on...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...door. And it's in my bedroom so appearance isn't that important (I'll shut the door when guests are over). Do you feel actual ‘drafts’, meaning air leakage thro...

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

What is the best material to build kitchen cabinets with?

I see that particle board can be used for the box construction, but what about the face of the cabinets and door styles? Painted & Stained? We always lean towa...

Posted by Rebecca Lisle Naugher Sept. 19, 2021, 2:28 p.m. Kitchens 5 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...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 ten years ago. My question i...

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

How do you deal with a house under negative pressure?

...door is open? So a couple of questions – have you always had this problem or have you recently done anything different like changing the door, or installing a...

Posted by Connie Taylor April 16, 2020, 1:41 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Do you buy used building materials if they are in good condition?

...door, all with framed transoms. We are renovating and would like to sell them. (Cheap). Just need to remove them from my garage, no space. No we don't, sorry! B...

Posted by Cheryl Nicholson Sept. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

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

...doors are fitted within plywood boxes so they cantilever to the mid-insulation position, the windows were no problem but the doors required extra support. When ...

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

How do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

...door air quality . Don't count on air purifiers to do much about indoor air quality , they aren’t that effective. Without running ducts around your house I woul...

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 4 Responses

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

...door. Own two properties next to each other. Will slab on grade be a problem without in floor heating? We will just be putting a Woodstove in and don't want in ...

Posted by Lauren Panzani Nov. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Rain being drawn through windows on new build.

...door test to find leaks in the building envelope . Blower door testing intentionally depressurizes a home for the expressed purpose of finding exactly such leak...

Posted by Kylie Bonavia Oct. 1, 2021, 8:27 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...door and pass through vent. I have removed all the wood forms and also plan to add at least 2" of EPS to the concrete ceiling and mineral wool. My cold room is ...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What kind of incentive are available for a high performance net zero home?

...door tests and energy audits for renovation upgrades here . And in case you live in Canada, here are a few other pages that might help – How do I get a free h...

Posted by Matt Garrod March 28, 2021, 3:37 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...doors would need to be adjusted, or simply cut off on the bottom, in which case your door knobs would be at a weird height and your forehead may have cuts and b...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is this a good way to insulate drafty windows?

We moved into a condo that has some poorly insulated venting windows and sliding doors to a balcony. If there existed a rectangular clear plastic bladder with ...

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

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

...door test (which pressurizes and depressurizes the house) to help find and seal leaks. And think of it more as limiting air leakage rather than stopping it, eve...

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

How do you lower winter indoor humidity in a home in Guelph, ON?

...doors installed. When it hits -10 or colder the doors get ice buildupon the outer edges aand can freeze shut. Why? and what more can we do to lower humidity? Th...

Posted by Gary Luck May 26, 2021, 3:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses