Old house / Discussions

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

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...oldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes Preventing mold when you insulate your basement Marmoleum : A healthy and non-toxic green flooring product ...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Is the ZIP Sheathing system better than house wrap?

...house wrap together, but you will save a lot in labor as you only need to tape the joints and it is complete, rather than circumnavigating your house a second t...

Posted by Fred Martens Dec. 18, 2021, 11:50 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 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 fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...old stone houses and foundations we sort of steer people towards super efficient heat sources rather than trying to insulate if there is any risk at all of stru...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 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

Where can I find a professional to remove mold from a basement?

...old situation is with a spray of either hydrogen peroxide or vinegar. Both are quite effective at killing most species of mold, including black mold. Whether ...

Posted by Lorna Fraser Oct. 29, 2021, 8:06 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is it better to insulate the inside of a house or outside during renovations? And which insulation is best?

...old outside an I drill holes to install a Molly to hang pictures etc. Anywhere in the house I can feel cold air coming from the hole! We have to use space heate...

Posted by Andy Sellers Dec. 7, 2021, 12:42 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

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...oldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes The smart barrier sounds fine but isn’t even really necessary since you are protecting the stud wall and insulation f...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What type of batting insulation is best for kids rooms that are being remodeled?

...house insulated at all? I am only raising that question because old stone homes in cold climates would stay relatively warm due to a lack of insulation, and tha...

Posted by HyungMi Kook Oct. 14, 2021, 8:27 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...old behind the vapor barrier. The scariest part is that our house was only built in 2007! Now we've managed to strip all this smelly mess out, we tried to get...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you add furring to 2 by 4 walls to hold 2 by 6 insulation?

...old is it? And is this a house or an old cottage? I don't know if you experience heavy snow loads where you are, so my only concern without knowing some variabl...

Posted by Michael McDougall Oct. 13, 2021, 12:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...house is underground. My question is should I apply 2 inch foam board to the inside of the wall or leave a gap for air? I understand mold will not grow on the b...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 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

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

I own a 100-year old two story semi in Toronto. The attic is very well insulated and vented. The second story builds up heat during the night. We only use the ...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...older parts of the house, with fiberglass and interior vapour barrier in the new parts? Yes you could do spray foam if you're removing the sheathing and exposin...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...old home and have a smell coming from the basement. We had a mold inspector test and look everywhere and found no issues. We took down our insulated wall panels...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses