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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 1 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...door thresholds, so if you have a walkout basement you can include ThermaSill insulated door threshold forms . If you've been through our site at all looking ...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...door test and fail? And, if getting rid of the membrane and tape, on balance what is the cost difference? Thanks! Aero barrier is something we would do after we...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...door in a flood with no damage whatsoever. If you are in the design phase and concerned about durability, I would look into building a slab instead of a basem...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...door test we didn’t find a single leak through the taped windows but we found a few where it was caulked. Though that is more than likely a quality of work issu...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...door test. And about your basement - see this page on why basements are moldy and how to fix them , and also this one on Best Practices for Basement Constructio...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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

...doors to allow concrete to be poured there instead. This results in a lot of heat loss under all doorways. Below you can see the Thermasill where a door will be...

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