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

Its 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. F...

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

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

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

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...stone or brick would still act as a thermal bridge. I think what you describe would actually lead to a colder bedroom wall. If the stone or brick is entirely in...

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

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...stone or brick perhaps) to increase your comfort and efficiency. You may have seen them already, but below are a few pages on solar air heaters that may be of v...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...stone) 18" below the surface. Wouldn't a poured perimeter wall down to bedrock be a better approach - before pouring the slab? Building a slab on grade on bedro...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...stone around it (no organic materials and no fines), frost would be unable to form, so no skirt would be needed. You may have seen that we recently installed ...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...stone dust, that would be our preference.

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...stone fibers cut their exoskeletons, so they aren't big fans apparently. However, there is not a lot of hard evidence we've found to conclusively back that clai...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 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