Finish / Discussions

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

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

I have a 11x17 feet 3 season gazebo fully enclose on a deck. Sitting on deck board and finish the inside with LVT. I want to insulate the floor. Though of Rock...

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

Can you run plumbing in exterior walls?

...finish a bathroom in my basement and would like to know if plumbing supply lines must always be run through interior partition walls or can they be brought to e...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 22, 2021, 10:28 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

...finish is 1/4 plywood panels. The siding is in OK shape but I really want the plywood panel interior gone and replaced with drywall. My idea is to tear out th...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

I have an unfinished walkout basement with 3 sides at or below grade. The two sides of the house have poured concrete step foundation down toward the rear with...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...finish the basement but they all want to replace what we had with the same thing - wood framing inside the concrete basement stuffed full of fiberglass insulati...

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

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...finished? It seems to me this would defeat the purpose of keeping rodents, bugs, cold air, and water out, which is what the wall is meant to accomplish. The 'fi...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

...finish about 3. I would like to distribute the heat more evenly and have uniformly warm floors. I would like to pull the warm air from the peak of the house and...

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...finished ceiling.​ ​The approach that I am considering using to install the fastened through metal panels on the BACK roof ( 4/12 pitch ), in sequence from st...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...finish allows for a smaller footprint with less walls and roof material. Is there a big difference in cost? 2. Access for mechanical - I can't get my head aro...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Where does a vapour barrier go when building a shed in southern Ontario?

...finish. I was trying to stay away from drywall because of it's rotting capabilities, and is quite prone to damage in this type of environment. I have chosen a c...

Posted by Charley Nelson Nov. 5, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How should I install XPS insulation in a basement?

...finished and any moisture could easily dry to the inside. Now I’m looking to finish a portion of the basement and I don’t want to cause any problems by trapping...

Posted by Ken Hunold Dec. 27, 2020, 7:22 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

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

...finish flooring to follow. New insulation and Intello air barrier throughout the underside of the roof and inboard of the old sheathing in all the walls where w...

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

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...finished and one unfinished. I removed all the flooring in the finished section, cut and removed the gyprock and insulation three feet off the ground, and disin...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Can you create a passive wine cellar by insulating and air sealing a crawl space?

...finish the interior with greenboard and paint. I am planning to fill the stud bays with batts and go over the studs with rigid foam insulation, which leads to m...

Posted by JC Wong April 2, 2021, 6:50 p.m. Crawl spaces 5 Responses

Where can I get wood planks for a ceiling?

...finishing wood online , or use barn boards, the options are pretty endless. You can even cover ceilings with finishing grade plywood.

Posted by zulie alnahas Aug. 23, 2020, 6:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...finish, which is why I asked just how sensitive you are because zero VOC clear finishes are hard to find, and zero VOC oils are even harder to find. Natural woo...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

Alternativ for Garage Epoxy - Considering both look & economically?

...finish the more slippery it will be, but you’ll see options on that page. Thank you Mike Reynolds. Very informative. Do you recommend anyone to sydney. Sorry,...

Posted by Kamatchi Kavi Feb. 21, 2021, 7:58 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 4 Responses