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What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...inor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fill the block with concrete for strength, in addition to repairing the grout. Thanks in advance Hi Nina, Th...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Can you combine a natural swimming pool with a rainwater harvesting garden?

...ing pool and a rainwater harvesting garden / system cannot be combined into one area. If you mean feeding rainwater into your natural pool from roof runoff, I w...

Posted by Kitty Bridgens Feb. 7, 2019, 4:23 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

How to you build a raft slab foundation?

...inning of a self-build small home project in Cantley, QC using a kit where we have purchased signed drawings and a basic shell. We've done initial tree / bush c...

Posted by Kate Bottriell Aug. 19, 2021, 5:25 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can I use a Legalett slab in Florida if I don't want floor heat?

...in cold climates they don’t always include floor heating. Many Passive House home builds that use a Legalett insulated slab base don’t install heating systems, ...

Posted by Harry Dickinson March 25, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where do you install a weeping tile with a high water table?

...ineer wanted the footings on undisturbed soil. So I basically need to pour my basement wall 18 inches higher then plan then fill the inside with crushed gravel ...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian June 11, 2020, 11:54 p.m. Foundations and Basements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...ined here . Over that you can install a weather resistive barrier (home wrap), then strapping and siding. If you are only planning to install an inch or two o...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

...installtion (eg. if glued or floated)? 2) Engineered flooring installtion -- With the radon issue in mind, which is the best apprach to installing engineered ...

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

...in will no longer be in use, you could also do it with self levelling concrete. As for finishing and insulating, yes, a vapour barrier at that point would be ...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...ing. Inside I was thinking of 2" of spray foam or 2 layers of 4" foam board not sure which kind would be best ......or spray foam and fill the rest with rock wo...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...installing the moisture barrier before the rigid foam insulation. In your response to us, you included addressing my comment about intending to use a subfloor...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...interior, by that we mean to caution readers against installing interior poly vapor barriers that traps moisture in with studs and causes walls to rot. Preventi...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...insulation and give you a solid nailing surface for your subfloor and final flooring. As for the dimple matt, that’s a great idea, but keep in mind there are ...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How to air seal & ventilate a partial gut reno of a 1901 house?

...ing flooring, installed new subfloor with hardwood finish flooring to follow. New insulation and Intello air barrier throughout the underside of the roof and in...

Posted by Zach Zill Feb. 7, 2021, 4:33 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

Questions regarding Gabion wall basket?

...fill would need to be suitable for the intended purpose. Gabion walls used for landscaping as retaining walls would not need to be as robust as a wall that woul...

Posted by Jan Simms Sept. 16, 2021, 10:10 a.m. Landscaping 1 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...ing a major source of heat loss you need to insulate inside the chimney from the top and bottom, in addition to insulating the exterior. Insulating chimneys f...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

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

...ing up, and depending on the situation either remove the existing foundation or fill it in, then pour a slab on grade and rest the house back down on it. We of ...

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

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...ink what you may be referring to in our video is the interior mound of compacted fill we built to allow for a grade beam / thickened edge exterior wall footing....

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where can I find qualified green builders/modular or prefab homes in Port Townsend WA?

...in Washington but we are hoping to be able to supply energy efficient prefab houses to the West Coast in US and Canada in the near future. If you fill out the '...

Posted by Alyne Galm June 27, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses