Paint / Discussions

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

...paint (or Vapor barrier paint in the U.S. ) is more of a solution for walls rather than ceilings to prevent the indoor vapour drive during hot humid weather. Th...

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

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...paint vapor barrier, and which side of the block should I apply it to? Foundation made of CMUs (aka Cinder block foundations ), are trickier to fix than poured ...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...paint bubbling up around it. And they let in a lot of heat in the summer. I'm on board that solar tubes are the better choice energy wise -if I were starting a ...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is it OK putting 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation good?

...paint help over the old paint. What type of house wrap and where do you put it under EPS or over EPS. Roger and Judy Smith It seems like you have gone t...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...paint In my climate zone I can get away with 1.25” comfortboard R5 for walls that are 50% or more underground . That is half the basement. For other half ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

How can I solve a moisture problem in attic from 1941 home?

...paint do very much to help? I am reluctant to use Kilz or something else that has a lot of odor that will linger for months and take semingly forever to dissipa...

Posted by Rachel Katz June 8, 2019, 4:06 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...paint it to also be a vapor barrier. Then use unfaced mineral wool or fiberglass batts. But the tongue and groove boards would be nailed through the 1/2 inch pl...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

Are there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

...paint, glue, etc. . We have picked our quartz countertop and need to know if it can be installed using materials which are low voc and non-toxic without having ...

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 2 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...painted with vapor barrier paint. What problems do you see with this detail? Thank you Polyiso rigid board insulation is a great product, but it does have its...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...paint a picture. Anyways I am not a builder and much of the information I read can be a little overwhelming to sift through, but I am really passionate about sh...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...paint on the blocks. Thanks in advance If your intention to insulate the ceiling is simply for energy efficiency and to provide comfort for the one winter tha...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

I'm looking at installing rigid insulation the exterior of My Double brick 1880s

...paint / vapour retarder primer as we did on a demo house a few years ago. About insulation now – you could insulate the outside of the bricks, but rather than...

Posted by Gordon CASWELL Dec. 13, 2019, 11:38 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...paint, 2x4 studs, and is insulated with blown in cellulose. The exterior sheathing boards are 1x 8's. I've done thermal scans of the walls. There doesn't seem t...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...paint. Which EPS thickness should I go with? Concrete Slab: DMX aiflow dimple mats +(3/4" EPS, needed? ) +OSB +flooring of choice Header/Rim Joist: Not sure...

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

How do you insulate a ceiling and finish it on the inside with wood?

...paint, which can still show the grain but lighten the wood quite a bit, you will see examples on that page link above. Feel free to write back with a few more d...

Posted by antonija klotz Oct. 20, 2019, 7:31 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...paint around windows to reflect more light in. Straw can be well-built, and if you plan to do it, the one very important design feature we would recommend wou...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...paint by now it would pretty much have an interior ‘vapor barrier’ anyway, just with a few generations worth of oil paint being applied. What you are likely mis...

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

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...paint would be acceptable to the local building inspector (just trying to do research before we approach him) but would want a paint that is not toxic. We will ...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses