Finish / Discussions

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...finished walls. Does this work or is it only a path for Radon and ground vapors into the basement? I don't fully understand the vent /drain proposal, what exact...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...finish is to leave the rafters and bays between them open as the interior finish, which would mean insulating the outside. If that is the case, yes you can, you...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you polish a concrete slab to be a finished interior concrete floor?

We have in-floor radiant heating. The slab is the bottom floor of our home, which will be garage and apartment. We are interested in finishing the apartment fl...

Posted by Betsy Lund May 20, 2020, 2:13 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...finish, here is the first video in the series that talks about the basic design and home orientation for solar heat gain. I hope that helps with your design pro...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...finished and any area will be able to travel from center of basement up to the joists then between the joist to the rim joist . Additionally there is no way I c...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

Just finished demo on 100 year old house. With the removal of wall panels and the ancient insulation aka 100-years-of-mold, the house is pretty drafty. I want ...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...finish, heating wood with VOCs increases the rate of off-gassing. To sum all that up, our choice for wood on top of a radiant heat source would be an FSC-certif...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...finished basement walls. If I chose to finish the walls, could I refinish with drywall only on the studs (no insulation or vapour barrier) and would that work t...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...finished about 1999. The house itself is from 1938 with a field stone foundation. When the finished the basement they put pt wood directly on the concrete, put ...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...finish your basement if you do decide to do some more work on it. Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes Preventing mold when y...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...finish on it, so plywood with a finishing coat of veneer would likely be quite impermeable as a vapour barrier as well, but since it would be sandwiched togethe...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

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

...finished. We can help you with whatever steps you take moving forward, so feel free to send along some pics if you can, or at least let us know the following ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 23 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...finished product? 5) Is there anything special we would need the home designer to be aware of, as they pit tohether the plans and construction drawings, if we...

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

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...finish off with your green board basement sheet-rock and h y our good to go. Hi Mike, Painting it first won't do any harm, but rigid insulation panels will be d...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...finished or unfinished basements, and what you calculate as the entire square footage of livable area. And more importantly, the sad reality is that very few ba...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses