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Do you install natural pools?

...install a natural swimming pool in a backyard but don't know where to start - can you help? We are not natural swimming pool installers , but check out this pag...

Posted by Eric Wilson April 24, 2020, 10:42 a.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

Good morning, I'm looking to install radon mitigation (sub-slab suction). I understand it's not too difficult, but there are a few details I'm not sure about...

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

Where do you install a weeping tile with a high water table?

...install my perimeter weeping tile? I obviously cannot have it that far below my basement slab or I won’t be able to access the sump pump/pit. Thoughts? Should I...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian June 11, 2020, 11:54 p.m. Foundations and Basements 3 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...install a plywood sheathing. Do you mean to strip off the sheathing boards? If so, is it instead possible to nail the plywood over the existing sheathing? At th...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...Install two inches of rigid insulation board directly against concrete. A mold expert told me to put the board on top of the framing, not directly onto the conc...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 16 Responses

How do you install a radon barrier in a crawlspace with an uneven floor?

...Installing a radon barrier in a crawlspace can be a pretty easy DIY job, assuming there is enough head room to move around. Below is page where we are installin...

Posted by Reinhart Bigl Nov. 29, 2021, 4:01 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

How do you install earth tubes for passive heating and cooling?

...install earth tubes or some such system that will allow my home to be more passive. My new modular will be in Pierce, Colorado. I've seen information on earth t...

Posted by Nancy Arevalo Aug. 19, 2021, 1:08 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 Responses

How should I install XPS insulation in a basement?

All, I have what I think is an unusual problem and I’d like suggestions for the best way to address it. I have a below-grade “cinder block” basement wall tha...

Posted by Ken Hunold Dec. 27, 2020, 7:22 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...install 1" strapping directly to the concrete first, serving as a nailing surface for securing the 5" foam with long nails/screws. This would also provide a cha...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...install a ground loop as you mention, and I’ll start with a basic explanation of that as well along with its drawbacks - A classic ground loop pulls air throu...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

Hi, I have a 1955 red all brick bungalow. the interior walls are a very thick plaster board (maybe 1" or more thick). I want to take the walls down to the stud...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do I find a contractor to install a permeable walkway and driveway?

...installers, we are currently in the process of launching it so check back soon. For the moment, this page will help you ask the right questions to find a qualit...

Posted by Mohammad Murtaza Feb. 20, 2021, 2:13 p.m. Permeable laneways and patios 1 Responses

How do you install windows with SIP exterior insulation?

Is it a good idea to add comfort board or similar to outside of SIP, and if so how do u deal with window set back?

Posted by tony wolff March 8, 2021, 4:18 p.m. Walls and Roofs 0 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...install spray foam, yes you can. It just isn’t our favorite solution and we always explore all other options first. We aren’t big fans of spraying chemicals ins...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

Can you install electric wire in floor heat cables and cork flooring?

...installed, so that will help. When we installed cork tiles ( see our DIY cork floor installation video here ) we used a non-toxic adhesive for the tiles. Give...

Posted by C Whitby Aug. 7, 2020, 6:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 2 Responses

Cost to install alternative wall panels to drywall?

...install? Our designers are strongly discouraging us from going down this path due to much higher install costs. Do these require special hangers/hardware to ins...

Posted by Adrian Baerlocher Nov. 12, 2021, 3:58 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

...Installing tubing for a ground source heat pump (GSHP) under slab on grade foundations as well as ground loops for HRVs and ERVs, can be a an easy way to harnes...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - or one big one?

...installed one in my own house (it was not cheap) and it only lasted about 3 years until a coil burnt out and I had to switch it out for a standard water heater....

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 2 Responses