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What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...posts? It seems like it would be much cheaper than a foundation. Thanks for any help. Additions and small buildings are often built on screw piles, so sure, you...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Which insulation do I use for interior walls of a framed in bunker?

...posts you say, but it has a concrete floor and a sump pump? If so- I don't understand why it needs a sump pump if its on posts. What is it used for, a sleepin...

Posted by Dale Klubertanz March 23, 2021, 10:38 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...posts and beams. And as it is 15 ft in the air with sun exposure I hope never to paint the exterior. Suggestions? Anytime you are looking for a structural sol...

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

How should I insulate under a concrete hydronic slab on stilts?

...posts as my foundation, so the property will essentially be sitting on stilts. My second goal is to install concrete hydronic radiant floors. Does anyone have...

Posted by Cam Smith Feb. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Why does interior insulation cause a freeze/thaw cycle- cinder block foundation?

...posts that insulating a cinder block foundation wall from the inside in cold climates is risky as it can cause cracking. This is due to the introduction of the ...

Posted by P Mci July 5, 2021, 11:17 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...posts regarding the Kenogami House talked about using a phase change thermal battery, to avoid overheating during sunny winter days that provided too much passi...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

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

...posts on this site, we wonder if a) we should close all the vents, b) remove the pink insulation to reduce humidity, c) remove the styrofoam boundary from under...

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

Should I remove the plastic sheet in my cellar?

...posts on your site with interest and have a question about our existing cellar, in the house we just bought. It was built 20 years ago and the construction is a...

Posted by Justin D'Arcy Dec. 4, 2020, 12:13 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What experience do you have with techno piles?

They seem to have many ecological strong points - once one has decided not to go the basement route. What in floor heating system - if any - would you recommen...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 0 Responses

Can houses built on screw piles move?

My 560 sq.ft. Knotty Pine Cabin sits on screw piles and rocks in high wind and a little during the stat of the spin cycle on the washing machine. Should I be c...

Posted by Pamela Douglas June 23, 2020, 1:18 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

...posts. So you can go with a number of wall assemblies, but if fire prevention is your concern, I would be looking at things like Metal or stone siding, anything...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...posts required between windows. The sections of wall between the south-facing windows in the Edelweiss house are fully filled with 2x6s, and would have been muc...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

...posts in order to facilitate the insulation and wiring. What had you come up with to date as a wall assembly?

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...posts in the ground), and it can be easily transported in the future on a flat bed truck. That would be a far different lifestyle that Yurt living for comfort...

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

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...posts from our Green Building Guide Pages that may help Why are Basements Moldy? Preventing moisture when you insulate your basement Building better bas...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...posts on wall insulation very informative. Hi George, Winnepeg is far from a balmy climate in winter, and if I'm reading that right you're planning on 4 inches ...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 9 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

Hello, We own an 800square foot cabin in Northern Saskatchewan that is not winterized. The foundation was originally on concrete blocks so we had it lifted a...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

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

...posts. If I do this, how do I nail the interior walls to the exterior walls? Is the only connection going to be at the top plate (where I'm thinking of using a ...

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