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Can you add exterior rigid foam insulation (e.g. EPS) with replacing windows?

...to several 1960's chalet style cabins in Northern VT. Budget matters and the windows of the cabins are in reasonably decent shape. We have a strategy to insulat...

Posted by Peter Milliken Nov. 9, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

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

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

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...to do about old leaky windows is a common one, so we have a page all about it, have a read here - How do you know when to replace windows and when to repair t...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 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 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

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

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 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

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

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...to allow moisture to vent and water to drain, which won’t happen if you install strapping horizontally. We have a page on how to install siding here where that ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 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 basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...to just drylock foundation or can i just install 1" xps sealing it on top and bottom? I did air seal all sill plates already and installed new windows. My deh...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What is the best way to do Stucco/E.I.F.S exterior window wraps?

...Installing a window properly to avoid air and water leaks is left up to the installer, there is no certification that we know of. There are different ways to in...

Posted by Pat Estes July 17, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Windows and doors 1 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

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

Is spray foam a good way to insulate a house from the exterior?

...to insulate well while still allowing ventilation. This page will tell you how - What causes ice dams and how to fix them . Hope that helps Simon, let us know i...

Posted by Simon Levitt Dec. 21, 2020, 2:14 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses