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Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...find any literature online about it. Skirt insulation is not something that is commonly done with basements so I'm not surprised you didn't find much informati...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...find all you need - Choosing a Radiant Floor heating System I took a look at the Warmboard website, and a few things jump out at me right away that I wasn’t...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...find a local plumber willing to whip up a makeshift system for much cheaper than you would be able to purchase and install a panel for. DIY solar pool heate...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...find the best way for you, we just need a bit more info - Where are you located? (City or climate zone) Is your crawlspace humid? (A hydrometer is cheap t...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

My window drips when I run my air conditioning. What is the fix?

...find out for sure. but a couple more questions - How long is it from the point of running the AC to when it starts dripping? Does the entire house have a 6 ...

Posted by Sean Sullivan Aug. 27, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 5 Responses

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

...find good information out there. Thanks jr Hey John, My only concern would be the condition of the block wall and possible cracking. Is it in good shape? If s...

Posted by John rodrigues Nov. 27, 2020, 8:50 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...find most builders will tell you to assume between 200 and 250 per square foot to build a home, though if you do a lof it yourself then you can save quite a bit...

Posted by Jennifer Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...find it to actually be the worst. Have a read here for more on why we dislike them – Slab on grade or crawl space, which is better? Secondly, the cons you l...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

What is the best way to do a radiant floor in an off grid house?

...find a Legalett dealer here , there are no other commercial suppliers of air heated floors anywhere in North America that we have heard of. Great question Mike....

Posted by Julien Comtois Oct. 2, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Heating and cooling 6 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...find that various products have spec sheets available online that will list their perm ratings to better help you design your wall. Here is a link to the Certai...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...find that the floor is a little spongy if it rests on foam only. Alternatively, I would suggest maybe you lay down some sleepers (2x4 or2x3) and insulate betwee...

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

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

...find all the answers you need. Once you know the options from that page we can help you c hoose the best roof covering , but that depends on a few things - Wher...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

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

...find out their basements are rotting many years after they've been finished. We can help you with whatever steps you take moving forward, so feel free to send...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses

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

...find all you need there or have more specific questions please feel free to ask. Best of course is that you start a fresh thread with your specific question. Ho...

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

How do I apply for the Canada grant to get renovations done?

...find out how to apply for home renovation tax credits and financial incentives and to learn what home renovations and upgrades qualify for grants, see the pages...

Posted by Debbie Brown Sept. 7, 2021, 11:52 a.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...find electric wire systems to be a bit cheaper, but get a quote for each to be sure. If you are planning on doing it yourself, watch some DIY videos and see whi...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

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

...find and fix the problem - you might consider doing a blower door test (which pressurizes and depressurizes the house) to help find and seal leaks. And think of...

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

Lunos HRV - where can I buy them and get advice?

...find out about the products, and you can for service you can follow that through to the manufacturers for sizing a system to meet the needs of your home, and an...

Posted by martin tierney Nov. 16, 2019, 4:57 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses