Framing / Discussions

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...framing as they seem pretty green? What does anyone think? (Great website BTW) You went to a lumber yard for help choosing the right wood for framing and they...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? Is traditional stick frame with dimensional lumber better than using engin...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

I want to save money on my build so I am considering slab on grade 2 story rather than the allowable 2 1/2 story with SIPS. Most of the builders I've talked ar...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Preferred lumber type for framing. DF or YP

...framing depends on a lot things, everything from your design, local building codes, and what lumber is available nearby. Here is our page all about choosing the...

Posted by Mike Thompson April 17, 2021, 12:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Is cross laminated lumber to heavy to frame a cantilevered room?

...framing, insallation, interior and exterior walls. Termites and woodrot have eaten the exterior walls posts and beams. And as it is 15 ft in the air with sun ex...

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...framing, not directly onto the concrete wall so the house can breath. What is the right course of action? Thank you Can you please explain a bit better what the...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 14 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...framing with fiberglass insulation, vapour barrier and drywall. Everything I've researched including articles on this site suggest this is the wrong approach. I...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...framing was rotten in multiple areas and the insulation was full of mold behind the vapor barrier. The scariest part is that our house was only built in 2007! ...

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

When using larsen trussees, what is the maximum spacing between TJIs

...framing. i read an article that was spacing TJIs at 4' oc and ws wondering how big a cavity can be efectively dense packed? Larsen trusses with cellulose insu...

Posted by steve outlet March 6, 2020, 12:39 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...framing (filled with rockwool batt), and then drywall. Which one of these approaches should I use? 1) Sandwich multiple EPS pieces againt rim joists/cripple w...

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

Can you run plumbing in exterior walls?

...framing that is part of the exterior wall? Does this go against the plumbing code or do I have enough insulation with the 2” of eps (and some of the mineral w...

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

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...framing, (bottom plate N0T in direct contact with concrete floor but iso is) Stud bays properly filled with Roxul/rockwool insulation, NO poly vapor barrier & ½...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate concrete basement walls and avoid mould?

...framing goes on. Then additional bats or Rock Wool boards installed between the frame stuctures. I do not want to finish the basement any time soon, but I want ...

Posted by William Hunter Feb. 22, 2021, 11:40 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...framing is actually sheathed with a buffalo board type of material on the exterior rather than OSB (I'm assuming the builders saved a few dollars by using such ...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...framing with fiberglass. The sheathing was 7/16 asphalt sheathing with an exterior stained plywood on top (with batten strips). We have restained it several t...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

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

...framing and then installing fiberglass insulation. When he began drywalling he noticed moisture behind the fiberglass on the secrion of the wall that is above g...

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

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...framing a 2x4 wall, then adding Rockwool. Unfortunately, due to some areas, like stairs and a laundry room which I’m not planning to demo, I’m unable to continu...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Can you insulate a concrete block basement walls with only rockwool?

...framing, then install mineral wool and mold resistant drywall and paint with latex paint. Floor would be dimpled mat over concrete slab and vinyl plank flooring...

Posted by Aarne Valikangas Jan. 1, 2021, 9:22 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses