Risk / Discussions

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...risk of developing condensation. Here is our building science video that explains it best – Building science made easy – video So my two cents would be – ye...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Metal structure from the Inside?

...risk wind shear, is that the recommendation from the manufacturer? Adding insulation to the exterior of walls is very common , so I’m not sure how that would ne...

Posted by Jacky Surber May 2, 2021, 4:09 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 2 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. How to remedy a problem of negative pressure: As mentioned above, make sure your furnace has an outside air intake. If t...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...risk of moisture damage when building in a wet region like yours. There may also be trees or undergrowth very close to their home to hold moisture. The wall ass...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...risk of larger holes forming when you attach the insulation. I think your best bet for airtightness would be a peel-and-stick membrane (with primer) as it could...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...risk of mold forming in a crawlspace if it isn’t properly insulated. The first step is to have a read on the following page about how to insulate a crawlspace p...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...risks of radon exposure in homes is not limited to the air, it can also be present in water if you get your water from a well. Here are a couple of pages on our...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

What is the best way to do exterior foundation styrofoam finishing?

...risk is that it is softer than concrete obviously, so if you smash into it or even kick it pretty hard you could likely break the parging, but that’s never happ...

Posted by Castor River Farm Jan. 31, 2021, 12:56 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...risks), plus radiant heat gain / loss. I hypothesize that, with condensation being so likely due to the highly conductive surface, that any vapour barrier wou...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - or one big one?

...risk of them breaking down if there is high mineral content in the water. I installed one in my own house (it was not cheap) and it only lasted about 3 years un...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 2 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...risk, so the big question really is about whether or not you will have A/C, and where you live. No air conditioning. North shore of lake Ontario. It seems n...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the exterior walls of an older home?

...risk encroaching on a neighbouring property, you can still make that work, and it seems you have a pretty good plan already. Myself I would probably go with a p...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...risk of moisture movement in winter and the ensusing risks don't really apply to a 3 season cottage, that doesn't have air conditioning nor would I say do the p...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...risk rotting your wall components. Rockwool comes in batt insulation as well as rigid, so I wouldn’t be cutting it up to fit anywhere, they should have the si...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

How do you stop wind from blowing under a house on piers?

...risk of holding moisture underneath if it is bare ground underneath. So since its a dirt underneath I would lay down a poly membrane before anything else. If ...

Posted by Robert Boyle Oct. 17, 2021, 12:11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...risk area for radon gas, and are you considering a radon barrier ? If so, then leaving some excess poly along the bottom of the wall would allow you to marry it...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...risk of frost heave. The way they have done the outside seems fine, with a drainage membrane and backfill, so any issues would be on the interior. Before we m...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...risk or mold forming inside walls. Then add the stud wall (with batts in the cavities). Unless you need the smart membrane to appease a building inspector, we w...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses