Paint / Discussions

Where can I find Natural Interior Paint?

...Paint, Making it at Home is Easy I hope that helps, there are also paint recipes for Milk Paint on this page here about choosing safe paints, I hope one of th...

Posted by Ramana Murty April 2, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 1 Responses

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

...painted the bare concrete walls with drylok. The floor was painted with latex, so I couldn't use the drylok floor paint. The latex vapor barrier paint seemed li...

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

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

Does paint work instead of a poly vapour barrier?

...paint, and specifically oil paint can make a suitable vapour barrier. You can even buy vapor barrier paint / vapor retarder primer . The bigger concern would be...

Posted by Bill Fletcher May 6, 2020, 1:46 p.m. 1 Responses

Is sealing basement concrete floor against radon a good idea?

Now that I have removed everything from my basement, I have this nice pristine unfinished concrete floor and walls. I have heard of a product called radon bl...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Sept. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Is cross laminated lumber to heavy to frame a cantilevered room?

...paint the exterior. Suggestions? Anytime you are looking for a structural solution like this you would need to consult with an engineer. But I don’t see any r...

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 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 to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...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 i ...

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

What is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...painted the concrete floors with a latex floor sealer that failed and needs remediation. The paint residue is dust in places and still intact in others. I would...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 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 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 you put insulation on the outside of a cinder block wall in a desert?

...paint with elastromeric/ sand mix, all to keep out heat. Styrofoam or no Styrofoam is the question. is it worth the cost or am I going over board? What you de...

Posted by Michael Apodaca March 9, 2020, 3:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 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

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

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

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...paint. In my opinion, the paint seems like a great solution that removes good amount of material from your wall. My only concern is at the top and bottom of the...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses