Stone / Discussions

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...stone foundations from the inside can be risky, I’d talk to a local professional about that and get it inspected first. Stone and mortar foundations are much we...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

I have a 1780 brick federal with fieldstone foundation in New York State - all original. I'm trying to figure out how best to insulate the foundation walls. ...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do can I insulate an existing basement floor from 1906?

...stone foundation. 1 side is an exterior wall; 3 sides are crawl space beyond the stone. A lot of heat is lost through uninsulated basement floors, so good idea ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 18, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Can I use straw bale sips on the exterior of a shipping container home?

...stone and mortar to the stucco exterior? You could use Straw bale SIPs on the outside of a shipping container home, but I’m not sure it is your best use of your...

Posted by Chelsea Teresak Nov. 28, 2020, 9:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

...stone, I would get small stone to make your job easier, like 3/8ths perhaps. If the drain will no longer be in use, you could also do it with self levelling con...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

I recently bought a 100 year old small stone house a few hundred meters from the shore of Georgian Bay. It has a shallow crawl space which is about 20" deep. A...

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

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

...stone underneath and the radon pipe runs through the space as wel and out through my roof. I was thinking about putting foam board on the block wall and sealing...

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

What insulation should you use to cover the ground GEODESIC Dome?

...stone/rock or beauti bark Application is a 24’ diameter AQUAPONICS Greenhouse What can you suggests or quote? MERCI’ Vinny in BC I have a few questions so...

Posted by Vincent Warwick Oct. 1, 2020, 2:09 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you do Radon mitigation when with insulating and ventilating a crawlspace?

...stone foundation and below ground is about 25% basement and 75% crawl space. It was flipped last year before I bought it. A radon test in the basement = 4.4. I ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 17, 2021, 3:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 0 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...stone (typical of that era) and it can be drafty in high winds). The crawspace is dirt floor with several cemented fieldstone pillars supporting the original fl...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

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

...stone foundation. We are creating a ~1500SF owner's duplex on the 2nd floor and former attic. The basement and the 1st floor are a second apartment with a compl...

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

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...Stone foundation. Basement floor is a cement pour in the 70s or 80s? Each floor is about 20'x40'. Total of 2400 sq.ft. Flat roof. Pretty big backyard. Ceiling h...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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

I have a problem with a basement that was finished about 1999. The house itself is from 1938 with a field stone foundation. When the finished the basement they...

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

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

...stone around the perimiter to reduce splash back against the wall, that's better than a flag stones or paving, and avoid grass or plants within 2 feet of the sl...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...stone topper at the bottom 2' you should be able to create your flat platform for the slab on grade. What you could also do is excavate on that north side as a ...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

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

...stone etc? Do you live in a high risk area for Radon Gas ? There are two main ways to insulate a crawlspace floor, either you can separate it and keep it co...

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

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...stone or concrete are the best from the point of view health and effectiveness, they have the quickest heat transfer and they don’t contract and expand with cha...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...stone dust), as it lets moisture pass through freely and isn’t harmed by it or even bulk water. EPS foam would be my second choice, thicker is better for a numb...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses