Oil / Discussions

Which is the best exterior insulation board to make a cottage 3 season?

...oil based insulation. Can you recommend a product? I've looked into a lot of exterior and rigid insulation options, and I've come to the conclusion that as much...

Posted by Sharon Challingsworth April 23, 2021, 7:16 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can I use Brio on my indoor cedar porch floor?

...oil but it has a long cure time so I was wondering if I could use Brio instead?? Prato Verde makes a number of natural finishing oils, so there will have produc...

Posted by Linda Burnside March 31, 2021, 4:37 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 2 Responses

Does paint work instead of a poly vapour barrier?

We have a home built in central BC in the 70s This house was built without vapour barrier in the walls . latex primer and 2 coates of oil based paintwas used ....

Posted by Bill Fletcher May 6, 2020, 1:46 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...oil. What do you recommend? I'd rather it not have VOCs but I also want it to be durable and not have to refinish it regularly. We would agree with not using ep...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Which is the best way of solar heating an indoor public swimming pool to save operating costs?

...oil is used for heating the pool and for the other water uses (shower etc.). I am looking for a different way of efficient heating the water using the sun to sa...

Posted by Ιωάννης Σταυρόπουλος March 29, 2020, 12:50 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...oil heating furnace. When I renovated my kitchen I had a stove hood installed that vents directly to the outside. But when the hood is running at the same time ...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...oil paint, 2x4 studs, and is insulated with blown in cellulose. The exterior sheathing boards are1x's. I’ve done thermal scans of the walls. There doesn’t seem ...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...oil you speak of? Typically the ‘breathable’ vapor barrier / vapor retarder products are a poly, foil is among the least permeable materials, I just want to mak...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...oil finish, you can read more here – Natural Food Safe Wood Finishing Oil for Floors, Counters & Decks Anytime you have clawed feet on a wood floor you will...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How do you make new wood look old?

...oil to prevent it from rusting), then separate it as best as possible and put it in a clean glass jar with the vinegar (different types of vinegar will provide ...

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

What is the best material for flooring?

...oil instead of varnish for reasons of air quality and durability.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

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

...oil on the outside would not serve you well. Yes, it would be a vapor barrier , and you don’t want that on the outside. And a foil membrane hardly offers any th...

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

What is the best type of home heating system?

...oil and propane , and a very small amount of people heat their homes with of coal. That covers the fuel sources, and costs will vary by region. But I suspect ...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

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

...oil paint. Along with insulation I would propose an air barrier of some kind, either inside or out. There are a few places I’d start your research and renovatio...

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

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...oil tank, before they install the replacement tank. I won't get another chance to fix that area - the wall beside it and the floor under it. I'm only going to h...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

...oil paint from previous generations that act very much as a vapour barrier. But an additional layer wouldn’t do any harm. Hi, thanks so much for the reply and g...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...oil , though sometimes the cost of electric heat is higher. Which province are you in, and do you already have electric heating ? You are right that the heat ge...

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Should I densepack wall cavities prior to exterior insulation?

...oil to us!

Posted by Gordon McNair April 13, 2021, 9:21 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses