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How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

I am looking at your example of a slab on grade construction technique and wondering how you finish the exterior of the footing insulation once the forms are r...

Posted by Dave Derouin Oct. 18, 2018, 1:45 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...finish off the ceiling around the perimeter of the concrete foundation? He also painted the concrete floors with a latex floor sealer that failed and needs reme...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...finished basement. I've removed everything back to the foundation wall in that one area where I will be building. The basement was finished with tar paper on fo...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How much for a 1200 square foot house will it cost me to finish the slab

I live in Newfoundland and I'm very interested in your system just wondering the cost for a 1200 square-foot home roughly Hi Walter, Do you mean the slab on gr...

Posted by Walter Hale Oct. 1, 2020, 7:20 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you insulate a ceiling and finish it on the inside with wood?

...finish it with wood afterwards, and here is a link to a page that may help for choosing a wood type, it is about Installing Wood Ceilings & Cost compared to Dry...

Posted by antonija klotz Oct. 20, 2019, 7:31 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...finished a basement for a contractor and what we did was put tar paper on the concrete walls the left about 3/4 to an inch of air space than a 2x4 wall I think ...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...finish it regularly. We would agree with not using epoxy finishes. If they are applied before the concrete has sufficiently dried or if the concrete is not well...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Is it a good or bad idea to spray foam directly on the interior of shiplap siding?

...finish siding. When you are insulating the exterior walls of a home to improve energy efficiency, you have to make sure walls can dry. Applying spray foam direc...

Posted by MITCHELL KOCH Aug. 21, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...finish the concrete flooring as our finished floor so keeping it in good condition o finish is important. Thanks for your thoughts! Yes, you can build a slab ...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...finish all and also replace some boards from water damage. Want to have a super durable and safe sealor, probably satin finish most likely. Thank you, Gail The ...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What kind of non-toxic exterior sheathing can be used in place of plywood?

...finish ext siding) has formaldyde, glues all of which are toxic. What can I use that will be non-toxic, or at least much less toxic? Thank you very much! pi...

Posted by pier charter June 4, 2020, 1:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...finish the room. Thanks Bricks as an exterior finish is 3 times the cost and 3 times the value of any other cladding, so I wouldn’t get rid of it on a whim....

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Why is there condensation in between 1.5" polyiso board and roxul insulation?

...finish studying and insulating my basement. I used one and a half inch polyiso board insulation glued to the wall with adhesive and I left a half inch Gap all a...

Posted by Tyler Norrie Feb. 9, 2021, 2:32 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

How do you insulate concrete basement walls and avoid mould?

...finish the basement any time soon, but I want to insulate it. I have put the Rock Wool in the rim joices. I had one panel of styrofoam board that was left over....

Posted by William Hunter Feb. 22, 2021, 11:40 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to do exterior foundation styrofoam finishing?

I have never done exterior foundation insulating because I have never seen a good looking and long lasting finish. Even parging on concrete only lasts so long ...

Posted by Castor River Farm Jan. 31, 2021, 12:56 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...finish our basement next spring and one builder suggested using spray foam insulation as he says it's a good choice for insulating and sealing CMU basement wall...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...finish the project in a way where I won't have mold issues? Thanks Basements can easily be built to remain mold-free, but sadly that is not usually how they are...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

Hi everyone ! I have a 30x30 basement that I want to finish (on a budget). We live in zone 5a and the house was build in 1950. Normally I would've covered th...

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