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What is the best way to put siding on an older home without causing it to rot?

...rot from the inside out. I am wondering about the following: - should we blow insulation into the wall cavity? - should we install an air barrier on the wal...

Posted by Richard Reinert April 18, 2021, 12:32 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

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

...rotted out down there. The studs seem fine apart from the lower inch or so. About six feet is completely gone in one direction from the corner. The other direct...

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

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...rotection, and at 2 inches EPS is about 1 US perm, which is the permeability rate at which a material is classified as a suitable vapour barrier for residential...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

...rot. Luckily no cracks in the foundation and floor joists are fine but I noticed that barrier is extremely wet. Running a dehumidifier has helped alot but still...

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Do I need a standard 6 mil poly vapor barrier with dense cellulose exterior wall?

...rot or leakage is visible from the inside. My question is if I install a poly barrier over the cellulose on the inside under the drywall, will I then cause vapo...

Posted by jeff Chormann May 1, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...rot, concrete footings poured and the floor of the crawl space covered in crushed stone. I have high humidity in the house and crawl space (despite the fact tha...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...rot if insulated. And if insulating the rim joist use only 1inch max. - Link Section 6.2.6 "https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency-homes/ma...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How should I install XPS insulation in a basement?

...rot, but that is probably because the basement is unfinished and any moisture could easily dry to the inside. Now I’m looking to finish a portion of the basemen...

Posted by Ken Hunold Dec. 27, 2020, 7:22 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...rot. The intention of vapor barriers was originally to prevent moisture accumulation and damage in walls, which it does above grade, but below grade a vapor bar...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What's cheaper for total building costs, slab on grade or basement?

...rot due to the standard practices of basement construction. I would read here first on our pros and cons page – Choosing between a slab on grade and a basemen...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 24, 2020, 3:09 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Is insulating an existing home from the outside a good solution?

...rot. Water vapor moves through mineral wool easily, and it isn’t harmed by moisture if it gets wet. And it comes in rigid panels just like foam. And what is rea...

Posted by Cate Prichard June 26, 2021, 3:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...rot. So building a house on wood buried in the ground is not something we have or ever would recommend. And a slab on grade is an alternative to a basement, P...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you put foil covered foam panels inside a framed wall?

...rot and mold, read more here . Thanks for your reply, it is not foil but heavy galv metal as it is walls from a reclaimed wall in cooler, it is open cell. N...

Posted by William McCart Feb. 22, 2021, 12:38 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...rotecting your home from rot caused by an infiltration of moisture. Remove stumps, dead trees, branches and any other rotting vegetation close to your home....

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

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...rotected with a membrane to prevent it from absorbing more moisture from the ground. Either there is no exterior moisture protection separating concrete from ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 30 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...rot that could be for a number of reasons - it could be design related, quality of workmanship, or even due to a ‘ micro-climate ’, meaning their very specific ...

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

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...rot and mold. The most promising thing we’ve seen in terms of strawbale homes were the prefabricated straw bale walls , also known as straw bale SIPS. There w...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...rot of the bottom plates but it will not prevent mold.

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses