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 insulate a crawl space from the outside?

...repair any damage, waterproof and then insulate from the outside. As I need to replace the french drains excavation doesn't really add any costs. My concern her...

Posted by Ryan Argente March 7, 2021, 5:07 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 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?

I'm looking for instructions on how to properly repair and finish a basement wall. I don't just mean drywall, insulation and vapour barrier, I also need to kno...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 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

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 2 Responses

How do I find a reliable house inspector in Ottawa, Ontario?

...repair. This information is invaluable when budgeting for the future and for negotiating a purchase price with the seller. Home inspectors in Ontario and Quebec...

Posted by Christa Mooney April 3, 2021, 1:17 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...repair them Here is our page on choosing the best roofing materials . Also in general I would point you towards these pages about renovations in general, ho...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 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

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 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

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...repair them In order to be able to carry the load and transfer it to the support members on either side, it needs to be sized correctly for the span to ensure...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 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

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