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Do natural swimming pools need retaining walls?

...ing pond building guide , and it will likely answer all your questions, but – are you asking how to prevent it from caving in after you’ve dug the hole but befo...

Posted by Michael Applegate Sept. 21, 2020, 12:17 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

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

...ing affected by frost heaves. We are also planning to polish and finish the concrete flooring as our finished floor so keeping it in good condition o finish is ...

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

Do you buy leftover lumber?

...inch plywood - 2x4s ,2x6s different lengths. (yellow pine)÷ There is a growing market for buying and selling used building materials online , the following page...

Posted by Marty Clinton Sept. 23, 2020, 2:35 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...in the space and I am wondering what is the best way to cover up the insulation without boxing in the pipes that cross lower than the ceiling joists. Could pine...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

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

...ing an energy retrofit to several 1960's chalet style cabins in Northern VT. Budget matters and the windows of the cabins are in reasonably decent shape. We hav...

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

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...in water, but the prospect of feeling like a commando unit is attacking me with machine guns everytime there's rain or hail is not very appealing. Any idea on h...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is Canada's climate zone?

...individual climate challenges of a location in the design phase of a home. You can find your climate zone on this page – Building Climate Zones USA & Canada -...

Posted by Nathan Chan Nov. 25, 2020, 8:45 p.m. Lifestyle, location and commuting 1 Responses

Where can I donate all my construction tools/supplies?

...ind a home for them by posting them in the same communities where people buy and sell used building materials online . You could even make a whole bunch of frie...

Posted by Sam Djam Nov. 30, 2020, 3:54 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

How do you insulate an attic in Victorian House in Massachusetts?

...insulation to my attic, but I would need to add vents in the roof in order to meet the building codes. But adding vents would entail cutting at least 4 holes in...

Posted by dan sagalyn Dec. 5, 2020, 11:30 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

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

...ing I am missing? Any help is grately appreciated! Simon Spray foam in this case will provide everything you are looking for – insulation, air barrier and v...

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

Should you seal all rods and penetrations for a radon barrier?

...installing xps foam panels on the interior basement walls? Yes, to reduce radon levels in homes and have an effective radon barrier, you would need to seal all ...

Posted by D H Dec. 25, 2020, 9:08 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the best way to super insulate the exterior of our 1975 four level split home?

...inch thick against the original siding. This would leave about a 1 inch air gap behind the newly installed permanent siding. Also by strapping in two directions...

Posted by Dan LLC Properties Dec. 26, 2020, 4:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best wall for a house by the sea in New Brunswick?

...inds and rain, and a high level of humidity (often 100%). We have now installed a air heating floor (Legallet), the roof is steel, the windows are from Polytech...

Posted by Nathalie Lacaille Jan. 6, 2021, 9:36 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

Which is the best basement ceiling insulation?

...inted downward toward the basement). I want to had additional insulation, especially over the unheated garage. Is wool insulation over the existing fiberglass r...

Posted by David Boone Jan. 9, 2021, 4:38 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

How do I get an assessment of heat loss for my home?

...ing about the government grants Tax credits and other financial incentives for home energy efficiency upgrades vary by city, state and province, so what savings...

Posted by jennifer jolly Jan. 13, 2021, 7:33 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Where is the correct vapor barrier location in Chicago?

...insulation, meaning you need to install it at the top of the joist cavity before the insulation. There can be a few ways to do that, but before I can advise any...

Posted by Joel Peerson Jan. 31, 2021, 7:31 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

How should I insulate under a concrete hydronic slab on stilts?

...ing installation video . Laying hydronic tubing is pretty easy work, but designing the zones is best left to a hydronic supplier, Uponor is a brand we used in t...

Posted by Cam Smith Feb. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Should our HRV keep our humidity lower than 40%, even in the cold months?

...ing condensation form. Your HRV is not likely the problem I don’t think, it’s bringing in whatever air is outside. What climate zone are you in? I some regions ...

Posted by Kim Clement Feb. 8, 2021, 5:43 p.m. Ventilation 5 Responses