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What is the best heating system to upgrade a 100 year old building?

...freeze every winter and there is a risk that will crack the mortar. But if I’m not mistaken, the coldest you would usually see is not too much below freezing so...

Posted by Rachel Codd Oct. 25, 2021, 3:52 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 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

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

...freeze every winter since you are preventing heat loss. This would be contrary to the advice you received to keep it warm. For typical homes in situations lik...

Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021, 4:54 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...freeze / thaw cycle or are left exposed to UV rays for extended periods before covering them. But this stuff is better. So tape it properly, cover it soon aft...

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

What’s the best insulation system for a brick/masonry basement foundation wall?

...freeze / thaw cycle. Look over that page and if you have more questions let us know, we’re happy to help. Emmanual, thanks for the response. I read through th...

Posted by Ryan Essex Nov. 29, 2021, 8:17 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What are the pros and cons of building a house on a slab on grade foundation?

...freeze underneath, so water lines will not freeze either. There is a lot more you can learn on this page about choosing between a slab on grade and a basement ,...

Posted by Debra Kroening Jan. 5, 2022, 1:29 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 6 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

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

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 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

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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...freeze / thaw cycle. You would also get a few more inches of room on each side of the wall on the interior. If you've got the budget for it and the ability to g...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...freeze. A sump pump with a battery backup prevents basement flooding and is essential for a basement, but it only deals with rising water tables or interior f...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...freeze and thaw seasonally. That can lead to cracking with block foundations since they are weaker than poured concrete and only held together by the mortar – w...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 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

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

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