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I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...find out where to start, eg. should I seal the house, then insulate the outside basement wall, to the roof, then re-side the house, and insulate roof. Or insula...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What's the difference between EPS and GPS insulation?

...find here in QC, I've bumped into a 4' x 8' x 1" thick board, called GPS. Do you have a webpage about GPS insulation? I want to insulate my existing basement co...

Posted by Ronald Tetrault Feb. 3, 2021, 5:22 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...find a wood frame celtex and empty wall cavities. I found concrete block. Now I longer worry about tornadoes but I need to insulate my home. I am planning a com...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...find knowledgeable professional to make airtight passive house. Luckily I was around to correct below ground insulation in time before slab was poured, but need...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How to you build a raft slab foundation?

...find a good engineer - there seem to be a lot of cowboy contractors out there! A raft slab is different than standard slab on grade construction, and it pretty ...

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

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

...find 4x8 sheets and do a price comparison. So I would have 2x8 studs then osb then some thermal break , breathable foil , 3/4 space then sheathing. Inside I was...

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

How could I heat a home with no water source and only minimal electricity?

...find the best way to heat a 17th century remote farmhouse which has no plumbing, only a well, and electricity only from a battery store with diesel generator. T...

Posted by Harry Dec. 28, 2021, 8:59 a.m. Heating and cooling 0 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

We had a water leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement ...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should an HRV to ERV be the primary exhaust for bathrooms?

...find a 'how to' video on youtube of your specific smart device, I always find that an easier first stop than combing through manuals in 40 different languages. ...

Posted by Doris Friesen Dec. 30, 2020, 1:10 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What are the pros and cons of building a house on a slab on grade foundation?

...find leaks? What if the next owners want to remodel, how do you run new plumbing, in floor heating etc? To your first point, a properly-built slab on grade will...

Posted by Debra Kroening Jan. 5, 2022, 1:29 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 6 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...find out more information and if this would be feasible for us financially? We would have to completely tear down the existing home, which is not exactly eco-fr...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

...find any particulars in the building code or on the internet for my type of ground. I have concluded that a slab would be the best fit to accomodate any shiftin...

Posted by Earl Williams Nov. 30, 2021, 12:25 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the perfect wall assembly?

...find 4'' comfortboard in the offering.] I appreciate that 2 courses were used in order to break the thermal bridging effect but as mentioned in the video the la...

Posted by Paul Drouin Sept. 17, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Have you excavated under one of your slabs middle of winter?

I bet you will find frost under your FPSF in northern Minnesota end of February if you did.. I think your slabs manage frost in hard freeze areas, not preven...

Posted by Mike Kolder Jan. 31, 2021, 2:31 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What type of insulation under an outdoor deck frame with 2x8s?

...find any would going with 2x6 will make a big difference? I though of covering the wool with 1" rigid board to close it off and limit rodent. I m in Quebec Cana...

Posted by Eric Dalpe Sept. 15, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...find they are: A) a little cramed B) too much maintenance. I then started looking at Earthships which had great ideas but seemed off. Btw, I love your guys's ar...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...find information using it in a log house. For cooling, it'd be a mini split system. Mitsubishi probably. Finally, I'm thinking of a metallic roof with therm...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...find out what is required, I like the idea of Rockwool all the way, but if it is better to go with EPS then bats. Thanks for your help! Bryan If you’ve read...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses