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How do you attach steps to slab on grade insulation?

...steps over the ca. 8" of insulation assembly, at the right height (perhaps especially for the one wheel chair accessible entry), without compromising the insula...

Posted by Mary Alm Dec. 2, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...steps”. I live in Kentucky if this helps. Thanks, Chris We have fully detailed plans for how to insulate basements properly to avoid mold, heat loss and w...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...steps. Is this even possible? How big do we need then? Does the Hydraloop reduce the size of the septic systems since most of gray water will be redirected away...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...steps to reduce the humidity? What should we put on the uninsulated floor as a covering that won't go moldy/smelly like the carpet has (and we're on a budget, a...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...steps needed to do this correctly . Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to read this and also hopefully provide some insight. To find the be...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

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

...steps can we take to improve the air sealing? Is there anything we can do? As an aside, a previous homeowner seems to have had loose fill cellulose blown into a...

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

What do I use in a dropped basement ceiling for soundproofing?

...steps like adding resilient channels and a double layer of drywall for added sound reducction, as seen in this DIY home soundproofing video . That buildling gui...

Posted by Melissa Pickett Oct. 10, 2020, 12:19 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Do you have any framing schematics for an extensive green roof?

...steps, this is our page on green roof construction if you haven’t seen it, and you can see how we did the parapet - How to build a green roof – step by step D...

Posted by Eric Anderson May 28, 2021, 12:53 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...steps involved as well. Without knowing where you are I can’t speak to vapor barrier placement and how much insulation, but since you mention that it is boards,...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you stop high condensation in a house?

...steps with a dehumidifier, the problem is that clearly your dehumidifier doesn’t have the capacity to treat all the air in the house. First, is there a floor dr...

Posted by Milly Bassier Sept. 27, 2021, 8:56 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

...steps ahead of time just in case, read more here – How to remove radon gas from basements and crawl spaces Does the house have a basement or is it a crawl s...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What considerations should be made when installing a green roof on a metal building?

...steps of this process (linked below) would be the same, in that you need a waterproof roof covering , then a root barrier , and certainly for a green roof in a ...

Posted by Nina Flores Feb. 16, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...steps towards insulating the crawlspace and creating an air seal is going to cost dearly, so there are a few things I would do first to prevent heat loss , air ...

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Which house wrap is best?

...steps of durable and efficient home design, here are two from that series that will also help you a lot, about how we installed a weather barrier and how to ins...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

Hi There, I have just finished removing all of the damp, musty (and in a few places moldy) drywall, vapour barrier and fiberglass insulation from the basement ...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...steps. What we are proposing is that you shim walls up slightly so that small amounts of water can flow beneath without saturating wood framing. See more here –...

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...steps to mitigate water infiltration into the basement. A house that old would not have any vapor barrier below the concrete floor, so even if you did insulate ...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...steps to keep animals out. If you see a resale in your future, remember that building on screw piles aren’t generally considered as durable as something built...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses