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

We have a 1982 double wall envelope house. I would like to expand and replace the windows on the north side of the home. Is there anything special that should ...

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

...replace old metal dirty hvac (suspect mold caught in joints etc.)? Local HCAV didn't offer a good suggestion - just air exchanger and that's not enough... need ...

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

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

Is it possible to retrofit an existing slab built in the 70's; to a modern ecoHome standard? I imagine the house would have to be raised (jacked up) and possib...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...replaced. It also did not help that the unit, an Altlas Essentials? was made by a company that has long gone out of business and the installer was suspect from ...

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?

...replace them with tubes? Or are there newer skylight models that can mitigate the heat and condensation issues? That’s a very hard call to make, and one that on...

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

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...replaced. They have wood frames and they are for sure old, but they at least have two panes of glass. Should I follow his advice and replace them? I can do it i...

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

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

...replacement cost and maintenance, it isn’t always the ‘greener’ solution, nor will it be cheaper. And to your specific questions, all issues such as freezing ...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 1 Responses

Is a grey water recovery system suitable for routing water to irrigation using spray heads?

...replace entire watering system. Water would come from laundry and shower. I'm going to say you could, but it depends on local regulations. The problem being...

Posted by Lindsey Hanley April 12, 2021, 7 p.m. Greywater Recycling 1 Responses

Are saltwater home batteries availability in the USA?

...replace my marine type battery bank with saltwater batteries to increase my electric storage capacity, where can I find one? Saltwater home batteries for power ...

Posted by David Meckes April 11, 2020, 5:13 p.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

How can I heat a bedroom above a garage?

...replace the existing system and install an electric wire system from within the garage. We have solar so the cost is less important than reducing our gas bill /...

Posted by Steve Dulmage April 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

...replace this natural gas system with a heat pump system. I have searched for a reputable HVAC contractor in Vancouver but none of them seem to have knowledge ...

Posted by Jennifer Smith March 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

Hi I'm wanting to add insulation to the exterior of my home as I am planning to replace siding was considering rockwool comfortboard but this Halo product was ...

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

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...replace the single pane wood frame windows when updating the outside of our home. Located in northern Alberta. Hey Rebekah, I think effectively you answered you...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...replace the leaky plastic ones), and then make some thermal shutters out of EPS foam, and achive better results than buying all new windows for a fraction of th...

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

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...replace or even an exhaust fan. Then isn't it the case that they will not suck air out as there is no air to replace it, and won't a fire place be a risk to you...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...replace some boards from water damage. Want to have a super durable and safe sealor, probably satin finish most likely. Thank you, Gail The healthiest floor sea...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What kind of foam board should I use to insulate rim joists in Wisconsin?

...replace it with? I'm leaning toward 4" of polyiso, with a <25 fire spread. It won't work as well at low temps and will lose some R value over time but I think...

Posted by Matt Kime Sept. 12, 2021, 10:31 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should I insulate a crawl space from the outside?

...replace the french drains excavation doesn't really add any costs. My concern here is the giant thermal bridge caused by the foundation wall being inside the co...

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