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Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...isture to escape, but there is no really easy way to do that if it is completely finished on the exterior as well. Let me know if this helps and we can help you...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...issues always effected stucco. Is there a licensed or certification for pan flashing or air barrier installation? Installing a window properly to avoid air and ...

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

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...is way better than having standing water, but part of the reason it is dry is that moisture in the soil is drying into the air, and that humidity will find its ...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...is rigid polyiso boards, but that has not turned out to be as excellent as originally thought. It turns out that the performance actually gets worse the colder ...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...is also dry and not humid. The joists are fully embedded inside the concrete slab. Hence, the floor above close to the baseboard is very cold. My plan is to...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is better for a small slab on grade foundation: water (glycol) or electrical radiant heat?

...is the cleanest heat source . But, when electricity rates are very expensive and when the grid is fed with a dirtier fuel, hydronic with a gas boiler is often...

Posted by Mark Dixon July 7, 2020, 2:56 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the exterior walls of an older home?

...is very important. It is best to install a vapour open exterior insulation so you don’t trap moisture inside the walls, which is why we most often recommend ins...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...ist that sit atop of it on a double wood sill. (no walkout). Foundation wall is approx 7 feet high, cripple wall height is approx 12 inch, then floor/rim joists...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...isture barrier. Then stud out the inside and R13 insulation then dry wall. Thoughts? What is your climate zone? Experiencing tornadoes is a clue, but closer i...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...istent moisture protection from the soil, and even if it is protected, it is a virtual certainty that your footing is not. Moisture will forever wick up from th...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...is below, a crawl space or a full basement ? And is it heated or unheated below? And is it insulated below? We aren’t too familiar with existing building practi...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab foundation on a slope?

...isn’t necessarily the cheapest option. Did you specifically want a 3 level house or is that something you have chosen simply to adapt to the terrain? I ask this...

Posted by keri gelenian Nov. 23, 2020, 6:32 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...ised bungalow. We have a fully insulated (with spray foam) basement up to the rim joists. This space is now wonderful to live in. However, at -40, we experi...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...ists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam boards on the walls, sealing the floor. There is no moisture only when I put a piece of plastic ...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...ists you can often leave them in place when a deck is in need of repair and only replace the top decking boards.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...is no air or vapor barrier in the assembly , so moist air is making it through the tongue and groove wood, past the insulation, and onto the underside of the de...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

...is a good idea. 2 is the thickness Where EPS begins to act as a vapor barrier, so depending on your climate zone and ideal construction method, a building inspe...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

How can I insulate an interior back wall that is NOW an exterior back wall?

I had an interior porch torn down and had an exterior porch built. Now the back wall to the building is letting in cold air. I need to insulate the building. W...

Posted by Sabrina Ross Sept. 21, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses