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How do you make new wood look old?

...old barn boards, is there any 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...

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

Do you need an HRV or ERV in a 68 year old home?

I have a 68 year old house with brick exterior walls and plaster interior walls. I'm assuming the insulation is rock wool with paper. My house can get dry in t...

Posted by Gary Szymkowski Nov. 1, 2020, 10:11 a.m. Ventilation 0 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...old home with a dirt crawl space that is completely dry, no Mold in the entire home, has new windows and new insulation in the attic. I have started the insulat...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...old camp 16'x24'...looks like hell on the outside but all the wood is good on the inside....just bare stud walls ...real 2x4's....it sits about 2 feet off the g...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...old if it's in good enough condition? Any ideas on the best way to proceed if I was to go that route? I've seen stories at www.jlconline.com where contractors h...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...Old Poly vapour sheet and fibreglass insulation vs new Rockwool and EPS) How do address the areas where the EPS is adjacent to the old insulation? If I demo...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...old in basement renovations The poly vapor barrier that you may have seen in that article is mostly to satisfy building inspectors, or to be used as part of a...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?

...old moisture in the wall when it needs to be able to escape. That's why its wet and moldy. Read here first - Why basements are moldy and how to insulate basem...

Posted by Wilhelmina Lange March 11, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do you stop air leaks in an old 1950's house?

My daughter owns an early 1950's 1 1/2 story house. What do you recommend be done to reduce air loss throughout the house. The subflooring laying on the joists...

Posted by Don Fraser Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...old and should be replaced. They have wood frames and they are for sure old, but they at least have two panes of glass. Should I follow his advice and replace t...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...old windows because I want to spend the money I would otherwise spend on windows on a heat pump hot water tank, which I can use to also help heat the house. Reg...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do can I insulate an existing basement floor from 1906?

...Old house; basement is only 21% of total under house footage. 79% is crawl space. Basement Never painted. Walls go up 4 ft to a 2ft wide ledge and then the old ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 18, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

I will probably build a solar panel with layers of black screen. My question is, I have a patio door with a thermal pane in it. Could this be used for the glas...

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

What type of hrv system should I put in a 4 year old home?

Eversource told me that my home is too tight and I need an hrv system. We live in CT and I am not sure where to start. Thoughts? Well first a clarification – y...

Posted by Ellen Murray Zappone Sept. 1, 2021, 4:35 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is insulating an existing home from the outside a good solution?

...old that blown-in insulation only works for empty walls - our walls have insulation but it does not seem to be enough. Is insulating from the outside by buildin...

Posted by Cate Prichard June 26, 2021, 3:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

Perhaps my wording should have been, wrap the poly around the sheathing, then nail on the Larsen Trusses. My house like most in built in the early 1900's, has ...

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

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

I have an unused fireplace that feeds a lot of cold 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...

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

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

We bought an older home with an existing basement. We would like to take down the top of the house and rebuild on the basement. What do I need to do to make su...

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses