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How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...to get an idea of the basics on how they function best. Crawl Space Insulation Tips for Insulating Crawlspaces Properly As for how to convert your cottage t...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Drain Maintenance - LEED Accreditation & Points System, how do I gets points?

...to consume Fats,Oils & Greases and other organic matter in drain lines, grease traps and lift stations. How does the incoporation of this product's incorporatio...

Posted by Bryan Williams May 20, 2020, 3:16 p.m. LEED Homes 0 Responses

How well does the Legalett air heated floor work when pouring concrete?

...to vibrate the concrete mix to ensure no air pockets? What is the thickness of the pipe- sch40 or more like sdr26? How far is top of pipe from top of concrete? ...

Posted by Israel Sword March 28, 2020, 6:26 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where can I buy a tiny house and plot of land to put it in a tiny house community near Seattle?

...to buy a tiny house and plot of land to put it in a tiny house community in the greater Seattle area, but don't see online where to do all this or how to start....

Posted by Marc von Borstel May 19, 2020, 10:19 p.m. Tiny house 0 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...to replace windows and when to fix them to be sure you really need to. Sometimes they aren’t as bad as you think and repairing them may be a feasible option. ...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...how we like to do basements, and for a few more tips you could check out this page - How to Insulate Basements Properly And to address your question specifi...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

...to attach it to the wall and that the strapping is then attached to for installing siding. You would just screw it to the wall, then screw strapping to the same...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

For doing an off grid home what is the cost of the slab?

...top view looking down but still working on a side view but not quite sure on what section and how much reinforcement I would need to hold the structure I want t...

Posted by Jayperion July 31, 2020, 10:15 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

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

...how quick and easy it goes together. Further to that, there are a few variables at play that need to be considered when designing the slab to ensure durabilit...

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

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...how to build a slab on grade so they tend to steer you way from them simply for lack of knowledge and experience . We have many pages on how to build a slab o...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

How do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...to pour......if you have any thoughts other than demo it.....I would like to hear them .....Thanks !! The only feasible way to put a radiant slab on grade floor...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do I create a complete air barrier using a vapour retarding primer?

...to stop moisture diffusion, which means preventing the moisture in the indoor air from being absorbed into the drywall and permeating into the wall assembly. ...

Posted by Mihai Wilson May 3, 2018, 10:15 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is it possible to do a mono pour if you have a covered porch?

...how do you manage to get the covered porch concrete poured at the same time? How does it work for the insulation? The section where the thickened edge of the sl...

Posted by Frank Gascon Aug. 10, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...to avoid overheating during sunny winter days that provided too much passive solar heat. How well did that experiment work at collecting excess heat? It was a...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...how much, is again up to an engineer. A heated building in a climate like Toronto often doesn’t really need a skirt to prevent frost heave, but typically a de...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 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 seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...To stop your chimney from being a major source of heat loss you need to insulate inside the chimney from the top and bottom, in addition to insulating the exter...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...how close to a passive / pretty-good-house their R value brings them. I'm hoping to get some feedback and possibly alternatives on what I'm thinking. At 204 mm ...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses