Install / Discussions

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

Do you install natural pools?

In a backyard We are not natural swimming pool installers , but check out this page here for free DIY Guide to building a natural swimming pool , hopefully tha...

Posted by Eric Wilson April 24, 2020, 10:42 a.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 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 7 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 1 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

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

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 1 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...installations, or for the adhesive to fail and separate. I installed a test area back when I first purchased it in 2014, and found it has actually functioned ve...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 2 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

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - ones or 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

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

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

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

...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 Comfortboard 80 over the ...

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

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...install the double pipe grey water recycling system that you referred to in your article on grey water recycling. Also, we are installing an incinerating toilet...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

I live in a cold climate - Winnipeg Manitoba, and intend to install radiant heat in the concrete slab. As my basement is below the frost line, I’m not sure if ...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

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

...install a master bedroom and ensuing plumbing needs to be installed in this crawl space. Also we are trying to make it an all season cottage so a fully heated f...

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

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...installing Hydraloops in all the cottages. We would like to see if we can install a septic system that could accommodate all the cottages in one or two steps. I...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

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

...installation? 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 differ...

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