Materials / Discussions

Is there a safe MDF? formaldehyde & anti-fungicide free, etc? Or a green sealant?

...materials , there are non-structural boards that could be ripped into strips for trim if that is what you were looking for the MDF for.

Posted by Elize St Charles May 23, 2020, 10:52 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

...materials , have a look there and you may find all the answers you need. Once you know the options from that page we can help you c hoose the best roof covering...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...materials are best for decking and for how to build durable deck that will last you will find what you need on this page - 10 top tips for deck building so th...

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

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...materials saves money and saves useable materials from ending up in a landfill. See here for more on how to build solar air heaters - DIY solar air heater ins...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Where can I find salt water batteries?

...materials (saltwater and cotton) so we were a bit disappointed to hear the company didn’t exist anymore. Here is a page on other home solar batteries to help yo...

Posted by S Conrad June 23, 2020, 9:52 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

Does marmoleum comes in sheets like linoleum?

...materials that it can successfully bond with. So, if you decide to leave it, I would check with the manufacturer of the adhesive you choose to see if it will bo...

Posted by Deanna Willer Oct. 1, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What do I use in a dropped basement ceiling for soundproofing?

...materials such as fiberglass quietZone batts , Rock wool / mineral wool work great for reducing sound transmission, as does hemp insulation , either in batts or...

Posted by Melissa Pickett Oct. 10, 2020, 12:19 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...materials you choose are, and labour. I would also try to use salvaged materials as much as possible, that will help save a lot of money. Start looking now on...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

...materials dry out. Installing an HRV will likely help, you could also look for a model that also provides dehumidification. To understand the difference between...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...materials to use? Plywood thickness, tape or fluid-applied gun, which brand? Hi Babak, Plywood is a bit of a in improvement over OSB as sheathing if you're look...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...materials. I suspect that the concrete isn’t actually that well-sealed, and even if your foundation wall has a membrane or bituminous spray, it’s unlikely the...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you make new wood look old?

I want an aged looking wood but don't want dirty old barn boards, is there any method for speeding up the aging process? A very simple way to give wood an ag...

Posted by Claire Dec. 11, 2017, 3:38 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Does electricity free pellet stove comes in 23'' or less to fit my wall ?

...materials such as walls, and I say that just in case your space limitations are due to having walls on either side. I would check with your regional building ...

Posted by Peter Kutschy April 21, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...materials with lower carbon footprints, high recycled content, reduced chemical content, etc. In our last couple of builds we have used mineral wool insulation ...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...materials you choose to use. Assuming you are in a cold climate, you would still need some sort of vapour control layer, and as for the air barrier, inside or...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...materials and no fines), frost would be unable to form, so no skirt would be needed. You may have seen that we recently installed a Legalett air-heated floor,...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...materials, how it is assembled, etc. If your basement currently has no finished flooring, an interior water-proofing solution is much easier, it's just that wit...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...materials from the risk of any water damage.

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses