Plastic / Discussions

Should I remove the plastic sheet in my cellar?

...plastic sheeting which runs from the ceiling down under the floor. Lastly there is a plasterboard wall. When we bought the house there was a lot of mould on the...

Posted by Justin D'Arcy Dec. 4, 2020, 12:13 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...plastic wrapped A rated home and a fireplace or even an exhaust fan. Then isn't it the case that they will not suck air out as there is no air to replace it, an...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...plastic pipes. Are they safe or more prone to leaks? And can you transition from copper to the plastic tubes? Plumbing pipes in the past were made of galvanized...

Posted by H Davis Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

What is your advice on exterior wall insulation for a tiny home?

...plastic vapor barrier, I see no mention of insulation for you Tiny House, but there is a comma after vapor barrier so I’m wondering if you accidentally ...

Posted by Mitch Fowler Aug. 27, 2020, 7:04 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...plastic barrier then pink fiberglass insulation right on the foundation. The insulation and barrier/plastic sheet are from floor to ceiling. We opened it up and...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...plastic Vapour barrier have had mould show up in less than 2 years on his north wall. How can we avoid getting mould? If your neighbour had their walls rot that...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...plastic composite materials on the web but can't seem to find suppliers in my area. What do you suggest? If you’re doing basement repairs after a flood, before ...

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

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...plastic down. Just want to warm it up a little and keep away any smell. Can you help me. I live on Vancouver Island Unfinished crawlspaces really are a source o...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...Plastic houewrap, Liquid-applied WRB, Rigid Foam, Delta Dry etc. For help choosing a weather barrier for the exterior of a home see here – Choosing a house wr...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...plastic then all covered up with drywall so we can't see another disaster coming! Every one so far has replied "But that's code" which seems to be true. What do...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...plastic vapor barrier, but not drywalled. I am led to believe that, during construction, the builder didn't immediately seal around the basement windows befor...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...plastic ones), and then make some thermal shutters out of EPS foam, and achive better results than buying all new windows for a fraction of the cost? We have ...

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

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

...plastic storage tank "pallet" design that could be very helpful as a "heat storage battery". I think I would set it inside a well insulated outdoor containment ...

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

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

...plastic. There is pink batt insulation between joists. The cottage crawlspace is divided in half by a styrofoam boundary. One half has all the plumbing, 2 radia...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should I vent the space between a block wall and vapor barrier?

...plastic and hold the new walls a few inches off of the block. I am worried about the moisture that makes it past the Drylok and it stoped by the vapor barrier. ...

Posted by Nick Santore Oct. 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Does paint work instead of a poly vapour barrier?

We have a home built in central BC in the 70s This house was built without vapour barrier in the walls . latex primer and 2 coates of oil based paintwas used ....

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

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...plastic material and copper is a very personal one, they both have advantages and disadvantages - such as the solder used, the amount of copper released into th...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

Can you help with passive solar greenhouse exterior wall details?

...plastic where there is little to no R value, insulating some portions of wall will help, but only so much. Since you say you started already it's a bit late f...

Posted by Rick Carter Aug. 11, 2020, 8:06 a.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses