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

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 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 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 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

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

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 ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

...stone siding, anything non-combustible. As for insulation, I would suggest maybe Rockwool (mineral wool) insulation as it is spun from stone dust and is fire pr...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 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 about solar air heaters and storing h...

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 there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

...stone and other green kitchen counters here - Kitchen Counter Options for Sustainable Green Homes Engineered stone is a composite material made of crushed s...

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 2 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