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

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

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

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

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

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

What's cheaper for total building costs, slab on grade or basement?

...finishing in two years after concrete dries vs about 1200 sq. feet with SOG to accomodate our total needs. So my question is: is a 750 sq ft house on top of 750...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 24, 2020, 3:09 p.m. Foundations and Basements 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

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

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 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's the best detector & alarm for a back flow valve that has been installed by the utility?

...finishing a basement to prevent flooding .

Posted by Tom Poe March 27, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...finishing materials there are a few ways you could go about it, like raw wood , wood with natural finishing oil , synthetic drywall with low-dust drywall compou...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 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

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

...finishing coat of veneer would likely be quite impermeable as a vapour barrier as well, but since it would be sandwiched together with a normal 6 mil poly vapou...

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