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How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...foundation; it seems right now you may be directing it towards your foundation, that will exert hydro-static pressure on your foundation walls, and possibly com...

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

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...foundation is weaker than a poured foundation, so any cracks should be more closely examined, and block foudations are better insulated on the outside than on t...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Slab-on-grade instead of Pressure treated wood foundation

...foundation (PWF) would be an alternative to a concrete foundation, and a poor one at that. The end result of mixing wood and moisture will always be rot. So bui...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...foundation? Or if it's even possible? I'd like the insulated slab on grade foundation idea but just wondering if elevating it 3ft. is possible? or is going with...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best method/order of insulating rim joists with EPS+batts?

...foundation, then a full-home perimeter cripple wall, and then joist that sit atop of it on a double wood sill. (no walkout). Foundation wall is approx 7 feet hi...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

Can tubing for a ground source heat pump be put under an iso-slab slab on grade foundation to extract winter heat Hi Jennifer We generally recommend people c...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Current info and references for Legalett Air Heated Shallow Foundation system

...foundation? 6) We would like if possible to use local people as primary constructors, and we are also capable of (and want to add where possible) sweat equity...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Insulating walkout basement made of CMU Wall with a rockwool.

...foundation wall in the winter during heating season and want to allow wall to dry in the summer . I am also a bit confused about smart retarder and how they w...

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

We are considering building a Gigacrete house and wondering what you think of it.

Do you have any reviews or suggestions for Gigacrete homes? They seem eco-friendly with a tight building envelope. There's just not much info out there. Hi Sas...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...foundation. Floor joists sit atop the foundation wall on a rim joist wood-sill assembly (not imbedded in concrete). I have removed existing drywall, 2x2 studs, ...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Post-flood basement renovation: interior finishing

...foundation walls was left in place, but protected with Blueskin tape. We now have to finish the walls and seal or otherwise treat the concrete floor. I unders...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

My house was built in the Late 1940 - early 1950's, it is a farm buglalow with an addition in 1973, a poured concrete basement and concrete block foundation ad...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...foundations aren’t as solid as poured concrete, so you need to be a bit careful about insulating them from the inside, because if the wall has never been insula...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...foundation, so I would inspect the bottom of the siding to see if there is moisture damage. I would also ask for any building details that may be available; a...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...foundation (the top third) but the wall is not insulated at all. And on the bottom of the walls there is a white powder. According to what I am told, the proble...

Posted by Anonymous Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does the plastic vapor barrier go??

...foundation for our new cabin in Montana and I've decided to sit it on a 4" EPS foam insulation so the slab will retain some passive solar heat from the south fa...

Posted by Les Poldark Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

High humidity levels and coldness

...foundation around my house on the outside surface has been waterproofed (4 cracks were found inside the basement walls) and the grading reversed. I’ve had many ...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...foundation. Thanks for any help. Additions and small buildings are often built on screw piles, so sure, you can do it. But there are a few advantages and disadv...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses
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