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What's the best detector & alarm for a back flow valve that has been installed by the utility?

...line (Naturally) is below grade and not readily accessible. There is a drain with P trap subject to collecting rain water. It may be a source for detecting sewe...

Posted by Tom Poe March 27, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Basements improvements 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

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

...line on two sides and the exterior shell is cedar board/insulbrick covered by vinyl siding. I would like to stip it to the cedar board, putting a wrap over it, ...

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

What is the perfect wall assembly?

...line as I cannot find 4'' comfortboard in the offering.] I appreciate that 2 courses were used in order to break the thermal bridging effect but as mentioned in...

Posted by Paul Drouin Sept. 17, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How should I install XPS insulation in a basement?

...line. These features make it difficult to completely seal the rim joist from internal moisture. If I can run the XPS straight up behind the new inner framed wal...

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

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...line. We had 12 cm of water on the floor overnight. The basement was divided into two parts, with one half finished and one unfinished. I removed all the floori...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the ground temperature 4 feet down in Sudbury, Ontario?

Hi, how can I know the lowest ground temp in the Sudbury latitude up as far as temiskaming latitude? Ideally at various depths. Thanks for being there, Paul

Posted by Paul Bullock Oct. 8, 2020, 4:53 p.m. 0 Responses

Where can I find supplies for a green roof?

...lines for membrane installation in terms of overlapping and taping and sealing like we did in that video, and you don’t wear golf shoes while doing it a put a b...

Posted by Nadia Naderi Oct. 8, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...line in a weeping tile conduit so it as well can be pulled out and replaced. To make future repairs even easier, we have seen builders install a second water li...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

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

...line ventilation system for helping achieve performance levels that would be difficult to achieve with a log house. The added money would be better spent elsewh...

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

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...line and install exterior rigid insulation, or, dig down a little bit, ad some insulation to the above grade portions and install a skirt insulation around the ...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best ERV on the market ?

...line home HRV / ERV, and is often a choice for high performance builds like LEED, or Passive House where often no expense is spared in saving every BTU or Watt ...

Posted by Brandon Phelps April 18, 2020, 12:09 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...line of defining the edge of the replacement synthetic "breathable" wrap, where the sheathing became spongy and mottled, wheras behind the original paper it was...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...line while researching this topic. I was reluctant to insulate from the interior for the reasons you mentioned. House is an all block house including foundation...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Where to get good tape for taping air barriers?

...line and they get shipped directly to you. And, I woul say it really is worth it. The solvents in lower-quality building tapes that you easily find (which are u...

Posted by Frank Suerich-Gulick Sept. 12, 2020, 7:25 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...line, you can just lay down a sheet of insulation and move the frost line. And sometimes a skirt isn't even required, that depends on the climate and how well...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

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

...line setbacks or such, because it won't alter the basic function of the existing wall. After that, install a vapour permeable drainage plane, and vertical str...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...line anytime for more details. So i did a little more digging at a few local hardware stores and was recommended Iko EnerAir by a store that also has a home...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses