Plumbing / Discussions

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...plumbing jobs and minor repairs can be found at most building supply stores, including rental of the tool for crimping joints. Before you set out to do a plumbi...

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

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...plumbing under the home, would heating the part of the plumbing area cause any mold or other problems in the winter? No, its quite the contrary. Heating a crawl...

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...plumbing is also interesting as they just stab it through the insulation layer. It’s great to break thermal bridges in wall assemblies and improve the overall t...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...plumbing, electrical, etc in concrete as opposed to putting it under floor. Not to mention running ducting for ERV. Is this a valid concern? What if there is a ...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Do you have any tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

...plumbing snake, but that may be a step beyond the current assets in your tool box or your comfort level, if so it's probably down to a plumber. Good luck!

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

...Plumbing/Ocean Park Plumbing Ask for Dustin 604-670-5937

Posted by Jennifer Smith March 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

I am building a tiny house on wheels and I am wondering who do I call to install the double pipe grey water recycling system that you referred to in your artic...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 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?

...plumbing skill level, though I’m sure you could find a local plumber willing to whip up a makeshift system for much cheaper than you would be able to purchase a...

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

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

I have read that heating a product will cause it to release any VOCs, do you have a preferred product for hot water pipe insulation that won’t off-gas into hom...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?

I am looking to install an AO smith 50 gallon voltex hybrid electric water heater to heat domestic and pex infloor heat in my home. I have 3200 square feet on ...

Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you remove water droplets from under a crawl space vapor barrier?

...plumbing pipes. And if by chance you live in an area with high radon gas you might want to get it checked, you're a very quick fix to having a rudemendatry ra...

Posted by Paul Racioppo Feb. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...plumbing and ventilation openings. Over top of the exterior air barrier you can then add the rigid insulation boards you choose. Our preference would be Rockw...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...plumbing, pipes, HRV, etc..? And do you have a dehumidifier down there? You will likely still need one even after completing the insulation and vapour barrier...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...plumbing leaks) or it could be anywhere in your walls or roof where there is either air leakage causing condensation, or a leak letting in rain water. If you ...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...Plumbing solutions can be tricky So it ultimately comes down to lifestyle and cost, hopefully this helps a bit with perspective.

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...plumbing together and keep bathrooms and kitchens close to the mechanical room, this can lead to less plumbing cost, as well as energy (and time) savings by not...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...plumbing is embedded in concrete so it’s not conducive to making kitchen or bathroom modifications in the future. But if you build it properly and anticipate yo...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...plumbing so I am good there. This has been a learning experience for sure. I have checked all other areas of concrete and they did not have any condensation...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses