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How to insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls with fiber glass insulation

What is the best way to insulate.. from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Hi Mark, Here is an article that will give you a starting pl...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

I bought an old timer home on Gibsons, BC and the siding needs replacing. I want to use the opportunity to seal up and insulate the wall cavity once exposed. I...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

My house was built in the Late 1940 - early 1950's, it is a farm buglalow with an addition in 1973, a poured concrete basement and concrete block foundation ad...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

It's a fairly new house (about a year old). The concrete basement foundation walls are framed (wood), insulated, sealed with a plastic vapor barrier, but not d...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

I have high ceilings. Will be adding an addition this summer with normal height ceilings and new stairwell to basement. Should I arrange for a ceiling fan in t...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

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

I saw in your wall video that you advise to use a vapour retarder paint along with an outside air barrier. Can you do this for the ceiling as well, thereby tak...

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

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

I need to pull the cellulose from the attic, I have a radiant barrier on the attic ceiling and floor. I am removing the cellulose, but what non toxic insulat...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

I can find no information on this online and Blum seems to be vague about it also. Any assistance would be appreciated. Hi Phil, That is a great question, an...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

We have a self-adhesive membrane on the outside wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterp...

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Testing for radon gas after renovations

I plan on improving insulation to the point of needing an air exchanger. I thought it best to test for radon gas after I've tightened up the major air leakage ...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

Our house is a little over 100 years old, with a block walls in the basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fill the block with ...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best method/order of insulating rim joists with EPS+batts?

I'm trying to insulate Rim joists /cripple walls in basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate c...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

My home in south-central Pennsylavnia was built in 2001. The unfinished basement (walls and floor) surfaces are formed of poured concrete. One side of the base...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

High humidity levels and coldness

Good morning, I bought an older house (built 1965) in September 2018 and shortly after moving in (mid October), I was experiencing extreme joint pains. Stran...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Foam board insulation in basement

I read in one of your articles when putting up rigid fome to Install two inches of rigid insulation board directly against concrete. A mold expert told me to p...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

I currently heat my house with electric radiators but I find it very unbalanced, some spots are too hot and some too cold. Is there any system I can install th...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

Concrete block basement wall. Moisture issue in spring ( and I suspect fall). Hi Ken, Before we can really answer we’d have a couple of questions first - w...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses
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