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Have you excavated under one of your slabs middle of winter?

I bet you will find frost under your FPSF in northern Minnesota end of February if you did.. I think your slabs manage frost in hard freeze areas, not preven...

Posted by Mike Kolder Jan. 31, 2021, 2:31 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...freeze-thaw damage to the foundation. Their stance was that these old houses like to "breathe" so it's better to avoid any changes because it's lasted this long...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

What is the ground temperature 4 feet down in Sudbury, Ontario?

Hi, how can I know the lowest ground temp in the Sudbury latitude up as far as temiskaming latitude? Ideally at various depths. Thanks for being there, Paul

Posted by Paul Bullock Oct. 8, 2020, 4:53 p.m. 0 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...freeze-thaw can kill an unprotected wall in a season. How does it handle moisture? What about thermal bridging from the steel ? It seems decent for a desert c...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...freeze / thaw cycle can cause them to crack. So insulating the exterior of a painted brick wall is actually a good idea to help protect them. When insulating ...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

My fiance and I live in New Enland just outside of Boston MA. We have decided to take some eco-friendly and cost saving options to build our new home. We hav...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

...freezes and I can’t get in and out of the house. My contractor says he followed every procedure properly and that there is nothing I can do. Any ideas? I have t...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 2 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...freeze index), how much insulation encases the slab, the soil conditions, and whether or not the slab will be heated. The best way to ensure that a FPSF (Frost-...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

...freeze / thaw cycle of bitterly cold winters can cause the mortar in the joints to crack, just something to be aware of. Also check the current state of the wal...

Posted by John rodrigues Nov. 27, 2020, 8:50 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...freeze/thaw cycle. Good luck, I'm sorry we can't help more.

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

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...freeze / thaw cycle. It's tough to really visualize what you have with the three material types, however it's still easy enough to give you tips. If the block...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...freeze. As for pipes, you can tape around them, and you can see how in this video on how to create a radon barrier in a slab on grade .

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...freeze and thaw. Hey Mike, Plan for 4th wall( Lattice wall) was to cover interior with 1/2" P.T. plywood. The living area above crawl space would be heated...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Do I need to spray foam the ceiling of my crawl space to help winterize it?

...freeze / thaw cycle then there is a risk of cracking in the joints. I’m not trying to talk you out of it, just have a look first at the general condition and if...

Posted by Sheilagh Thompson Jan. 21, 2021, 1:48 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...freeze (which is likely has not done before) so it can be at risk of cracking. I get why you are reticent to eat the cost of exterior excavation and repair, but...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...freeze / thaw cycle can on occasion cause walls to crack. Concrete block walls are not as strong as poured concrete, since they are only held together by the mo...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...freeze/thaw cycle between seasons. For that reason, block foundations are best insulated from the outside so they stay warm. So, my suggestion would be to hav...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...freeze, so in the spring you will have a ton of water in there. First have a look at this page here about how the control layers (thermal barrier, vapor barrier...

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