Tape / Discussions

Where to get good tape for taping air barriers?

...tape that are more suitable for extreme temperature changes. Siga,Delta Multi-Band and Air Stop are three examples of tapes with much better adhesion." I'm in M...

Posted by Frank Suerich-Gulick Sept. 12, 2020, 7:25 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Where can i buy hemp batt insulation in Western Canada?

...tape with hemp insulation in the van? Thanks Jen Non-toxic natural building materials like hemp are a great way to safeguard your indoor air quality if you ...

Posted by Jen Moffat Aug. 14, 2020, 11:14 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 4 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...tape provided, and when we conducted our blower door test we didn’t find a single leak through the taped windows but we found a few where it was caulked. Though...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...tape. You can use Caulking, but we have always had much better luck with tape. As for the other windows, it may be worth pulling off some trim for a look, and...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...tape) floor section later. I would like to insulate the walls first then decide later to do the whole floor? If I don't want to do the whole thing (floor) is th...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...tape the plywood joints. Then one could seal the edges of the poly to the wall plates and install the Larsen Trusses / Cellulose insulation. I’m still lookin...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...tape we are using for the Intello. Here's the question: We want to get as close to air sealed as we can, but we are not demo-ing down to the studs in the fron...

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

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...tape. We now have to finish the walls and seal or otherwise treat the concrete floor. I understand now that I should've removed the 2x4 stud wall before pouri...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...tape): Should I then proceed with installing the DMX dryflow underlayment +(3/4" eps?) +OSB floor, then build the external/internal wood stud walls? How do th...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

...tape on foam board joints, 2X4 stud wall 16" on-centre spacing, mineral wool batts, Smart barrier vapour retarder, mold resistant drywall, latex primer, and lat...

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

How do you attach exterior siding without affecting the air barrier on a passive house?

...tapes and air barriers that adhere to a substrate, but whatever membrane you apply and tape you choose, just be very careful during installation. Be careful not...

Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...tape. I struggle to believe that this tape will be able to keep the water that runs down the wall out for the entire life span of the building. Another issue ...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

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

...tape the joints and it will act as your air barrier Read all about how to insulate exterior walls from the outside of homes here [Side note- it is very much...

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?

...tape (Delta MultiBand, Air Stop and Siga are a few examples). If none of those solutions solve the problem it is also possible to just replace the thermal units...

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

What is the best way to do Stucco/E.I.F.S exterior window wraps?

...tape. You can either purchase a flashing pan to collect and divert water or you can build your own with the right materials like we did in the window installa...

Posted by Pat Estes July 17, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

...tape the joints properly ( see our page on how to do an air barrier properly ) then it can also be airtight. The foam within the core of a SIP acts as the vapor...

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...Tape all joints. Then I use steel studs and Roxul within the stud spacing. The main reason I use the steel studs is for convenience, low noise ( no cutting of w...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...tape first? Or go straight for the Aerobarrier and bypass all the hassle of membrane and tape? Or is this for homes that have a blower door test and fail? And, ...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses