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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

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

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

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

...find a solution. And no doubt need some radon mitigation as well. The house is sitting above bedrock and my neighbour who tried to dig a basement found water at...

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

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 are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...find one that does not off gas). The idea of a moveable home is attractive to us because we are not sure where we want to settle. We would like to invest in som...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 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

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...find much info on your site regarding natural ventilation within an energy efficient house May we ask where you are located? The level of success you would have...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 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 Canada's climate zone?

...find your climate zone on this page – Building Climate Zones USA & Canada - Why it's Important

Posted by Nathan Chan Nov. 25, 2020, 8:45 p.m. Lifestyle, location and commuting 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...find it very useful (and educational). I am a carpenter from Scotland living in British Columbia now and as we tend not to have basements at home, I'm finding i...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...find any sort of fastener that would be 7" long to go through strapping and 5" of foam into the concrete wall. Another concern that I have is allowing for the...

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

Do you buy leftover lumber?

...find what you're looking for on that page. As you will note, we have found that some online building suppliers have gone under, and it is possible new ones have...

Posted by Marty Clinton Sept. 23, 2020, 2:35 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...find evidence that this concept has gotten traction over the years in Ontario, specifically in Prince Edward county. Specific questions we have include: 1) Wh...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses