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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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...line with standard house wraps, though testing standards and posted descriptions are sometimes 'apples and oranges'. The foil one I believe is perforated in som...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 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

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

...line when you have a short list. It has been very busy times lately so we can be sure to reply quicker with a follow up, sorry it took a while to get back to yo...

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

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...line if you like, mike@ecohome.net and I may be able help. Thanks for the info! We will definitely read up on those links and check out the Wakefield project ...

Posted by Jenn Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...line up with the laws of physics. They may have lower water temperatures, but if there are less BTUs being generated, there are less being delivered into the ho...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...line with what you are proposing. That would be – A ‘peel and stick’ air and vapor barrier membrane covering the wooden roof deck Rigid foam panels Drai...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...line on it to ensure the fasteners go into solid wood. As for cladding – of your two listed preferences, our vote is for the pre-painted wood. Vinyl is for su...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses