Method / Discussions

What is the best method of building a slab on grade?

...methods, our preferred method on how to build a slab on grade would be with an engineered prefab raft slab kit . The reason we like that system is the consisten...

Posted by Jay Law April 19, 2021, 3:09 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

...method? There is no reason why a timber frame house can’t be as well insulated and airtight as a stick frame house. Depending on the wall assembly and method of...

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...method to seal? The Aerobarrier air barrier spray you likely read about here does not stick to vertical surfaces, but it does fill all the holes (up to a certai...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

How do you make new wood look old?

...method for speeding up the aging process? A very simple way to give wood an aged look is to apply an oxidizing solution. Here is an easy recipe that requires ...

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

Can you add exterior rigid foam insulation (e.g. EPS) with replacing windows?

...method to insulate the walls and if we can do so without replacing/resetting windows. The current walls are 2x4 with fiberglass insulation and plywood exterior....

Posted by Peter Milliken Nov. 9, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

...method of heating the house. Most people in this area seem to use propane for heat but we are thinking in floor heat and an electric furnace. Are we on the ri...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 0 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...method of building houses, can be air tight without a lot of additional work, dont have thermal bridges, and they tend to have a hard time catching fire (import...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...method to support very heavy sliding doors and eliminate thermal bridging? I really like the Legalett Thermasill product, but it looks to have a proprietary des...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...method? Any research on it or seen it before fail or do fine? I wouldn't go so far as saying it was a 'terrible' idea, but I don't think it will do what you hop...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Have you excavated under one of your slabs middle of winter?

...methods with rockwool, but build wooden floors over drained gravel, rockwool, and vapor barrier. But I'm reluctant, because I think the chance of heave is still...

Posted by Mike Kolder Jan. 31, 2021, 2:31 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

...method can be made relatively healthy -- but am curious as to recommended route (pros and cons for each install method) from an environemntal / material health ...

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you install electric wire in floor heat cables and cork flooring?

...method of in floor heat that you used? Now that the homeowners have lived with it for 5 years would they change anything about the flooring? The type of heat so...

Posted by C Whitby Aug. 7, 2020, 6:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 2 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...method described above? Do i add Acoustic sealant around gaps in the rim joist and sill plate Or Expanding foam? Next would I fill rim joist cavity with Rockwoo...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Is sealing basement concrete floor against radon a good idea?

...method for removing radon is probably sub-slab depressurization, where a couple of holes are opened in the floor so that radon can be sucked from below the slab...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Sept. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...method for radon removal, but if the basement is not finished space, one mitigation strategy is installing a dedicated HRV in the basement that is activated by ...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...method, there is a metal rail embedded in the panel that you use to attach it, then you attach your strapping to the same rail. It is a great way to install ext...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...method to ensure it is designed safely. Your climate zone isn’t too important in this case, it is more your personal site risk for water damage and the way your...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

How do you lower high radon levels in a basement?

...method for radon removal in finished basements is to have a dedicated HRV or ERV in the basement, along with a Radostat radon sensor . The radostat in a continu...

Posted by Uma Parekh May 22, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses