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

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 4 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 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

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

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

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 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

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

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...framing and fix to CMU wall with concrete nails. Comfortbat in studs tight against comforboard Airgap of 0.25”- 1.25 due to stud location Drywall Membra...

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

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

Do you have any experience with this system and know how it would compare to regular OSB sheathing with a fully adhered sheathing membrane? ZIP Sheathing is a ...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

8" semi rigid and 5 1/2" between the studs. why not use 8" semi rigid, 3 1/2" between the studs and 2 " more semi rigid on the inside beneath the gyprock? Is t...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...framing members will be able to be recliamed, reused or recyled, whereas if they are covered in spray foam they will end up in a landfill. We've never been fa...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

We have a 1982 double wall envelope house. I would like to expand and replace the windows on the north side of the home. Is there anything special that should ...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...framing members, it reduces the effective R value of the entire wall by a good 25%. So you would essentially need to add 25% more insulation to achieve the same...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

I found a video of a house using the thermal or T-stud. Have you seen this product and what are your thoughts on its use in Canada. It allows for a fully insul...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses