Structure / Discussions

Can you use Hemp insulation to insulate a metal structure?

...structure? Ie. Camper van. Anytime you put insulation on either side of metal, like putting batts of insulation between metal studs on exterior walls you will h...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What type and how to install an insulated metal flue pipe ,through a tiled roof?

...structure under a tiled roof. Installing a chimney for a wood stove or fireplace through the roof is a job that should be done by professionals only. I say this...

Posted by david joseph July 25, 2020, 7:10 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

For doing an off grid home what is the cost of the slab?

...structure I want to build. Can you help? Where are you building? And are you talking about the air heated raft slab form kit from Legalett ?

Posted by Jayperion July 31, 2020, 10:15 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Where can I buy hemp batt insulation in Canada?

...structure. Would like to purchase Canadian product from Canadian diatributor (not California). We will soon be suppling Hemp Insulation and Hemp Building Produc...

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 12:48 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you add exterior rigid foam insulation (e.g. EPS) with replacing windows?

...structure at risk from water penetration? How much benefit would we get from just insulating attic area and crawl space? We were going to install cold weather h...

Posted by Peter Milliken Nov. 9, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...structure (with a cement block foundation and piers) into a garage with a 550 sq ft passive house on the main floor. Do you have recommendations for pre fab kit...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

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

...structure, and the fact that I have bedrock (Lake Huron / limestone) 18" below the surface. Wouldn't a poured perimeter wall down to bedrock be a better approac...

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

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

...structure, we would not be able to offer any advice sorry. You should have an engineer determine that. It doesn’t sound like you have a ton of cash lying around...

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

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...structure was damaged by ants. We saw them a lot back then but we didn’t see any inside again until just two weeks ago this spring. I found a nest close to our ...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

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

...structure but add insulation to the inside but also the outside of the walls so we don’t lose too much space inside. Do you have suggestions about how to go abo...

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

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...structure (not uncommon, certainly with older houses) it is very easy for the foam to become un-adhered and allow air to leak through. For sealing between win...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...structure underneath. If you prevent water from damaging the deck joists you can often leave them in place when a deck is in need of repair and only replace the...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...structure were made out of 2x4s. Designs with higher levels of glazings are often 2x6 for this reason. The best is to drop the large windows and go for smaller ...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...structure please feel free to correct me and we can come up with other solutions for you. The existing structure is probably 80 years old so it looks like almos...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...structure. Yes, you will have a greater amount of above grade wall to build, but as mentioned, that can cost less than the same amount of below grade wall. On...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...Structure planned is a bungalow of ~ 2000 sq ft with a 3 car attached garage. Based on the promotional material, the Legalett system seems like a good choice to...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...structure would sit on top, above grade where it can dry properly. If you are chemically sensitive then there are any number of materials that may go into a h...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...structure. Or from where it may be coming. We'll look into this further and hopefully eliminate the possibility that well water may be concern. Regards, S...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses