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Upgrading Electrical Panel and rewiring the house. What questions I need to ask?

...panel to 200A and rewiring the house. What are the things I need to be aware and look out for as I review the contractor's bid? E.g. are there different wire ty...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Electricity 0 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...panels don't make the trip. Similarly, BP's panels don't make across the Quebec border into Ontario, and are unavailable through RONA, despite being on their we...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

Where can I get steel cladding like on your prefab house?

...panel cladding on your Prefab house. Is it from a local supplier? Is there anyone who sells recycled metal cladding? Great questions, but where are you loca...

Posted by Flower Lunn March 1, 2020, 2:27 p.m. Walls and Roofs 2 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

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...panels in my basement due to a sewer backup situation. I have asthma and would like a lost cost non toxic wall panel, that can be installed direct to stud, for ...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

...panel insulation. The windows are double glazed wood and aluminum. I do not have an air exchanger yet, I’m wondering if that is part of the problem. Thank you i...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...panel and I don't want to choose the wrong one, which do you recommend and how much will I need? Thanks, Michael. When I drive by houses doing exactly what you ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall

...panels. The siding is in OK shape but I really want the plywood panel interior gone and replaced with drywall. My idea is to tear out the plywood and remove t...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...panels to build it up to the foundation wall insulation? Specific order: After gluing the EPS against the concrete foundation, sealing the seams (PL300 an...

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

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...Panels to ensure a continuation of its closed loop system? In the last article about this latest demo house, it was stated that when the heated air generated ...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

...panels . That way when there is no requirement for water heating , your system will still produce, as any power collected can either charge batteries or be fed ...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...panel designed to attach to ICF blocks (above or below grade) that can help you meet performance targets. I'm not sure if it has achieved PH certification yet a...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

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

...panel). EPS begins to act like a vapor barrier at 2 inches as it is then approximately 1 US Perm. All that to say, I’d consider a few more inches if you can s...

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

How much does a Tesla roof cost?

...panel installation in Maine, US, to help a homeowner achieve a goal of going off grid, and after exploring all the options for our client we ended up installing...

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...panel would be limited to sunny winter days. So you may actually see more returns from a ground loop; and it would be cheaper and easier install, and there woul...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...panels work for pools. The proposition of using one panel for two separate seasonal uses is not impossible, but it would likely be an awful lot of work and ma...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

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

...panels are a safe bet for you as they do not stop the outward migration of moisture. There are two brands that may be available in Saskatchewan, Rockwool (forme...

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

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...panels - The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS Foam Insulation & Styrofoam We always choose (and recommend) EPS over XPS due to the fact that XPS has mu...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses