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 possibl...

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

Should I remove the plastic sheet in my cellar?

...repairs, as the company that inspected did say there was a problem in the joint between the wall and floor. Putting that issue aside, all the insulation was dry...

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

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...repair the studs, put in rockwool for the last foot or so of insulation, put drywall back up and call it a day. Save money to redo the whole assembly. My ques...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...repair and finish a basement wall. I don't just mean drywall, insulation and vapour barrier, I also need to know what to do about the masonry behind it. I need ...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...repair and only replace the top decking boards.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 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

Need roof repairs, insulation and new tin, are there grants available?

...Repairing my home and the roof is barely insulated, trying to correct the ice build ups that causes leaking inside. I am the homowner of this rural old house an...

Posted by Ghislaine Morin Aug. 27, 2020, 12:03 p.m. Grants and incentives 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 a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...repair when the scratches happen. Most wood floors are finished with a varnish, which you can think of as a liquid plastic waterproofing coating that penetrates...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 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

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...repair is always a tough decision, we actually have a page about that whole process that you may want to look over – Renovate or Tear Down and Rebuild? How to...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 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

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

How do you fix ice dams and crawl space insulation in historic homes?

House built in mid 1890s. Installed gutters with leaf screens which caused ice dams during unprecedented winter storm. How to prevent it in future? Contractor ...

Posted by Faith K Feb. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 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