Finishing / Discussions

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

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

We have a concrete basement in decent condition that's about 20 years old in Boulder CO and having had mitigation installed for high radon levels we now want t...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...finishing on our new Demonstration house in Wakefield QC with a formaldehyde-free UV treated plywood called PureBond from Columbia forest production, try that o...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 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

How thick should EPS foam insulation on basement walls be?

...finishing my basement. I was on a website of an eps insulation manufacturer and under their technical/spec section for this particular rigid panel it says the v...

Posted by Derrick R March 17, 2021, 9:13 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

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

...finishing the apartment floor to be a light grey concrete floor that looks nice. The concrete was poured 8 months ago, and we are noticing some divots. We live ...

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

How do you re-do the insulation on a old cabin from the outside?

...finishing with Tyvek, furring and wooden exterior. Usually the vapor barrier is installed on the INSIDE of the studs, not on the outside. Any molding risks ? ...

Posted by Raphael Couture Sept. 14, 2020, 8 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Why is there condensation above ground on an interior basement wall?

...finishing our basement and installed 1 inch foam insulation to the exterior wall before framing and then installing fiberglass insulation. When he began drywall...

Posted by Barb Daluisio Jan. 12, 2021, 1:26 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...finishing my basement and my basement exterior walls are fully framed about 2” away from the concrete. They have mineral wool in between the stud bays but not a...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...finishing the wall? I don't want water getting behind the wall and I don't want mice or bugs coming in through the gap. There has been flooding here, but if it ...

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

Can I use Brio on my indoor cedar porch floor?

...finishing oils, so there will have products for exterior decks, you can see the options of Prato verde finishing oils here . Be sure to follow manufacturers ins...

Posted by Linda Burnside March 31, 2021, 4:37 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 2 Responses

What is safer than OSB for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities?

...finishing (walls and trim) were done with a formaldehyde-free UV treated non-toxic plywood , so if you are considering it for indoor finishing then that is prob...

Posted by Ian Smith April 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

We bought an older home with an existing basement. We would like to take down the top of the house and rebuild on the basement. What do I need to do to make su...

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...finishing you have, but proper exterior drainage and other storm water protection may solve the problem so definitely start with that and see if it solves the p...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...Finishing Oil for Floors, Counters & Decks Anytime you have clawed feet on a wood floor you will be at risk of scratches to the wood and the sealer, so its mo...

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

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers for more details.

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

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

...finishing the floor afterwards, yes you can, but I’m wondering if you’re in a high-risk area for radon gas, and are you considering a radon barrier ? If so, the...

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

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