Sealing / Discussions

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

Hello, I am looking for guidance on two issues related to preparing an exisiting basement concrete slab for new flooring with regards to both radon mitigation ...

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Alternativ for Garage Epoxy - Considering both look & economically?

Hi , am loooking to coat my garage floor (just raw concrete slabs as of now) . What would be the best alternate for Epoxy - 1) Looks 2) anti slippery 3)economy...

Posted by Kamatchi Kavi Feb. 21, 2021, 7:58 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 4 Responses

Is sealing basement concrete floor against radon a good idea?

...sealing my floor is worth it and what the general thoughts are regarding sealing bare concrete? It is always wise to check a home for radon gas contamination an...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Sept. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Can you create a passive wine cellar by insulating and air sealing a crawl space?

...sealing the crawlspace, then the crawlspace will be it's own space encapsulated in vapor barrier with insulation lining the inside. Does this at all affect your...

Posted by JC Wong April 2, 2021, 6:50 p.m. Crawl spaces 5 Responses

Do I need a vapour barrier in Ontario?

...sealing primer prevent any moisture from travelling through walls? Thanks!

Posted by Gordon Harold April 22, 2021, 9:28 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

How do I condition my crawl space with a dirt floor?

...sealing the crawl with closed cell on the perimeter walls and joist ends. if I spray closed cell i will only have a 12 mil poly vapor barrier in the sand floor....

Posted by Ryan Reichelt Nov. 27, 2020, 12:25 a.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...sealing the floor. There is no moisture only when I put a piece of plastic down. Just want to warm it up a little and keep away any smell. Can you help me. I li...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...sealing CMU basement walls and floor in northern California. We want to do this basement conversion as sustainably as possible with good air quality and there s...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...sealing, and different vapour methods and insulation types? (Old Poly vapour sheet and fibreglass insulation vs new Rockwool and EPS) How do address the areas...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What's the best way to seal a crawl space and insulate?

...sealing the rim joists. But does the batt insulation stay or go if I do that? Will that help with humidity throughout the home? Will it help with temp in the fi...

Posted by Steven Johnston Feb. 23, 2021, 12:35 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How to air seal & ventilate a partial gut reno of a 1901 house?

...sealing we have done has been applied to the inboard side of the exterior wall studs, and we are running a secondary 2x service cavity inboard of that air barri...

Posted by Zach Zill Feb. 7, 2021, 4:33 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

What is the most cost effective way to build a rain screen wall assembly?

...sealing and cost reasons) 7/16" sheathing, tyvek house wrap, metal siding. Would like to do more of an assembly like this and would like your opinion on both or...

Posted by Jess Glowacki June 22, 2021, 7:55 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...sealing. But dry dry dry inside. I like the idea of the 2" XPS with 4" studs and roxul insulation to give around r24 (local code). This is expensive and I'm n...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...sealing of the envelope “correct” type of windows (thermal conductance, transmittance, solar gain, etc.) Eliminating thermal bridging Efficient lighting ...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...Sealing & batting first, then 2" EPS. EPS continues vertically straight from slab to below subfloor. I have a 2-storey brick home (35 yrs old). My basement wa...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

Hi: I am stripping a 150 yr old timber of its 3 layers of siding and re-insulating and leak-sealing the exposed cavities from the outside. I will be re-sheathi...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...sealing the seams (PL300 and vapour tape): Should I then proceed with installing the DMX dryflow underlayment +(3/4" eps?) +OSB floor, then build the external/i...

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

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...Sealing up an unused brick fireplace chimney will save money on your heating bills and increase your comfort level at home.In addition to letting in cold, these...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses