Repair / Discussions

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...repair them? Northern Ontario is a pretty tough climate, so I admire your ambition to build EPS shutters, but were you planning to do that on the inside or th...

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

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...repairing them could be a lot more affordable. The seals around the thermal units of the window (that’s the glass part) will degrade over time so it is possible...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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

...repair such as changing out the washer and replacing the drain cover. But still, the problem exists. If you have any DIY tips, please do share it with me so tha...

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

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...repair. In the spring and summer, it is quite common for ants to enter homes in search of food, but they may not be nesting inside. If you notice significant ac...

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

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

We bought an older home with an existing basement. We would like to take down the top of the house and rebuild on the basement. What do I need to do to make su...

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...repair technique is for a slightly colder climate, but that just makes it a bit easier on you, and the science behind the moisture movement is the same. Is th...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

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

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...repair / clean / replace the duct work? We of course can’t speak to how difficult or costly that would be without seeing it unfortunately. Here is out page on H...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...repairing a geothermal heat pump that’s an issue of comfort and inconvenience that we of course can’t council you on, but if you decided to wait, perhaps a few ...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...repair skylights? As a rule, we like to ‘repair’ rather than ‘replace’ if possible, but in the case of skylights and windows that depends on the extent of dam...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

I took off the trim around a sliding door during the summer in search of a pesky cricket, I found the cricket but I also found big gaps between window and fram...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...repairing the grout. Thanks in advance Hi Nina, That's a structural question that we would be unable to answer unfortately, since a crack in a block foundat...

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

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...repair, don’t stop at just the French drain. You would be wise to treat your walls with a waterproof coating and include a drainage mat (dimple membrane) that w...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

Hi, I have an open beam house (no attic access) built in 1962. I live in cold, dry Edmonton Alberta. My low slope roof doesn't leak, however about once a year ...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...repair it. See our page about how insulation works , and this page on why basements are moldy , as well as how to insulate a basement properly . Perhaps they us...

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

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...repair on our site? if not, start with this page here – Best Practices for Insulating Crawlspaces I like your plan for laying down the 6-mil poly barrier, o...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses