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How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...too difficult, but there are a few details I'm not sure about. 1. How can I indentify what will be the best spot to drill/install the pipe into the basement f...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...windows to sit in the outside 1/3 of the frame; most of the windows are south facing. Here is our page on how to install windows which may help on a few fronts,...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...how to install windows in our Edelweiss House videos. If you did then you know we tried two approaches, backer rod and caulking as well as taping the window to ...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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

...to expand the size of the windows by the builder? If we install triple pane windows, do I still need to install double windows for each opening to retain the en...

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

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...windows in Quebec. Just to give you an idea of what I was going for. Are you looking to simply build to higher standards or are you hoping to achieve Passive Ho...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

...to remove the EPS and install a self-adhering WRB on the plywood. Since I have the EPS will I create any problems if I re-install it and add 1 1/2" Rockwool Com...

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...to start is our page about How to Install Windows & Doors Correctly that includes a DIY window installation video , have a look there. But what you are consider...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...tones to hold them together, which are at risk of freezing and cracking. Here is a page to start with that will explain that better – How to insulate a cinder...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...installed to bring air into the house. Be sure to have this done by a licensed HVAC installer than can ensure the pressure is properly balanced. If these facili...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...to the inside but also the outside of the walls so we don’t lose too much space inside. Do you have suggestions about how to go about this? I’ve read some of yo...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...to the heat source. If you find you cool off when you step too far from a radiator, I suspect that may have more to do with how well your walls are insulated, h...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

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

...windows in winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from freezing. There's a bed of compacted gravel already down for the slab to sit on, s...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...to the 2nd paragraph - I am being to told that the XPS proposed for the outisde of our 35,000 ft² 3-story multi family building has a GWP comparable to EPS. I a...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...to but its going to be at least 15k that I’d rather not spend if I don't have to. Thanks in advance. Windows need to be pretty bad in order to justify a full re...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is it OK putting 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation good?

...to stick to, but I may try to twist your arm a little to discuss options if you're open to it :) I was going to install new vinyl siding primarily because I hav...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...how misunderstood. Here is another page would help explain, our building science made easy video , which explains the how vapor moves through walls, and how to ...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...windows to block their entry points and prevent air leakage. Install mosquito nets at any openings like dryer vents and stove hoods. Keep the humidity level...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...tors)? -epa certified wood fireplace insert (or pellet)/or woodstove (I intend to get one of these anyway) Would it be enough to get a Mr.Slim type system w...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses