Ontario / Discussions

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...Ontario where winters can vary between freezing and -20. Thank you! To turn a 3 season cottage into a 4 season permanent home is always a bit tricky , in the ca...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

I'm building a home up north in Parry Sound, Ontario next year. I'd like a slab foundation raised three feet above the ground level. I'd like to have a wrap ar...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...Ontario, with 2x4 walls, and uses 240 BTU/hr per degree C difference on average. I'm trying to revive the old windows because I want to spend the money I would ...

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

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

We are planning a build for June 2020 in Prince Edward County, Ontario where there is 1 ft of topsoil, 2 ft of clay and then bedrock. Structure planned is a bu...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...Ontario (GTA). Poured concrete foundation. Floor joists sit atop the foundation wall on a rim joist wood-sill assembly (not imbedded in concrete). I have remove...

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

What is the best way to put siding on an older home without causing it to rot?

...Ontario. From what I have read, we have to be very careful if we are going to try to insulate the walls (ie. with blown-in insulation) and may actually be bet...

Posted by Richard Reinert April 18, 2021, 12:32 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...Ontario in 1983. In 1999 I finished the basement, with tar paper against the cement wall, then studs and four inches of batt insulation and then a vapour barrie...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawl space?

...ontario (Canada) than I am going to rent out for the winter, it was never used in the winter and we have installed a furnace in the small basement, the rest of ...

Posted by Murray Kipp Sept. 17, 2021, 7:35 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

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

...Ontario in climate zone 5. Outside the home I have jack-hammered and removed the concrete walkways that had cracked and settled on a slope towards the foudation...

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

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...Ontario , Canada. Atikokan to be specific. The house has a brick front (which I won't be adding insulation to) the other 3 sides a 2x4 framed , cavities fil...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Are straw bale SIPS being made and sold in Canada? Are they accepted?

...Ontario company producing Straw bale SIPs has since stopped. We aren’t sure if anyone else has started producing them unfortunately. Thanks

Posted by Martin Stone May 29, 2021, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...Ontario) for cubbies 16", 2-3" thick. Has to be super clean, no off gassing, mold resistent. Also, suggestions for best air exchanger set up for someone with ...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 4 Responses

How do you lower winter indoor humidity in a home in Guelph, ON?

...Ontario is actually A pretty mild climate for Canada. This page has a bit about freezing doors as well as other solutions for common winter problems – Top Tip...

Posted by Gary Luck May 26, 2021, 3:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Has anyone used Lunos Ductless HRVs in Alberta and passed inspection?

...Ontario trying to use Ductless Air Exchangers , some had no problem and some were refused. I think the best bet for anyone that wants to try Installing ductless...

Posted by Michelle Dimaano Nov. 4, 2019, 12:41 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

...Ontario and Northern States such as New York State, New Hampshire Vermont and Maine. You can see all the models here and read about the building performance and...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...Ontario), can be alleviated if you don’t run it down to bone chilling levels. The reality is that all homes in Canada need vapor protection on the warm side of ...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

...Ontario only I think, so it may be a bit of travel for you) but I would suggest you contact them as they may have installers in your region. You can contact the...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you put foil covered foam panels inside a framed wall?

...Ontario. Was thinking I would tape the joints as well. Billy Alright, not what I thought, but without AC there is no great risk I can think of with that. Galv...

Posted by William McCart Feb. 22, 2021, 12:38 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses