Old house / Discussions

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

This is a c1915 2 storey house made of concrete located in Nova Scotia. The walls are about 8" thick solid poured concrete on the ground floor, and 4" on the s...

Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021, 4:54 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...old into the house so I would like to insulate and shut it. How can I do that in way where I may be able to use it again in the future if we need it? Thank you....

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...old is the house - do you know the year it was built?

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...old one. Is it better to insulate the rest of the cottage from inside or the outside? And what kind of insulation is better? The inside of the cottage right now...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How much window area can i have in passive house?

...House targets and performance standards or are you going for certification through a Passive House institution? A Passive House designer will be the one to dete...

Posted by tony wolff March 4, 2021, 9:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...house build on a slab-on-grade . What should I be looking for in terms of insulation? Thanks, Terry Where is the house, and do you know how old it is? Those two...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

...older it gets, polyiso is the opposite and its R value tends to drop when it is exposed to cold temperatures, which is not a characteristic that is what you wou...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

I've recently purschased a house in Montreal Canada. We get -20C in Winter and we can get +30C in Summer. I have a split level home built in 1961 that is pre...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

...old metal of the mobile home becomes the interior vapor barrier, and you can convert it into a cute tiny house with wood siding. You can even put a pitched roof...

Posted by Chryss James Nov. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you fix ice dams and crawl space insulation in historic homes?

...house with pipes which froze during same storm. Is it wise to insulate the wood skirting around the house to prevent a repeat situation? You’ve got two separate...

Posted by Faith K Feb. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

What to do with two Lunos system with 2 installed on rocket switches that are working?

...house we built but that’s the extent of our experience. Best would be to contact the manufacturer or a distributor maybe that can offer support. Fom what you me...

Posted by Boot Pendleton July 8, 2020, 4:57 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do I best insulate my century home from the inside?

...house are: plaster/lathe - 2x4 wood studs (no existing insulation) - wood sheathing - brick veneer (no real airspace to speak of). The interior plaster and lath...

Posted by Merner Row Design May 12, 2021, 12:22 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

I have an unfinished walkout basement with 3 sides at or below grade. The two sides of the house have poured concrete step foundation down toward the rear with...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Is this a good way to insulate drafty windows?

...House Ready for Winter The reason I say that you'te better targetting the edges with tape or caulking is that while there is radiant heat loss through a doubl...

Posted by Robert Schmidt Feb. 6, 2021, 5:47 p.m. Windows and doors 2 Responses

Do I need to spray foam the ceiling of my crawl space to help winterize it?

...house gas emissions of spray foam, so if you go that route I would pitch you the idea of choosing a spray foam with blowing agents that reduce greenhouse gas em...

Posted by Sheilagh Thompson Jan. 21, 2021, 1:48 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Could we use a raft slab with ICF walls on a sloped site?

...olds advocates, as I am 73 yrs old and stacking and filling hundreds of used tires is WAY beyond my capabilities. I guess what I'm asking is, would a raft slab ...

Posted by Paul Fischer Sept. 15, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you insulate an exterior wall from the outside?

We live in an old frame farmouse. I need to replace the the board and batten on one wall. We want to insulate this wall (currently, there's literally no insula...

Posted by Stuart Seldon Feb. 11, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

The thickness of vapor retarding latex paint - Is measurement wet or dry?

...old is the house? I’m just wondering if there may be a vapor barrier under the concrete if its reasonably new, if its pretty old there wouldn’t be, so it would ...

Posted by Kim Boas July 24, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses