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How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...to offer accurate advice as to how else to move forward, though hopefully you may not need to.

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...to avoid adding contaminated dust to the air and surfaces of your home. After removing the insulation and before reinstalling new insulation, be sure to do a th...

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

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...tool, but worth looking into is AquaPEX and hePEX from Uponor. Instead of being fastened with metal rings, an expander tool is used to stretch the PEX tube and ...

Posted by H Davis Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...to the heat source. If you find you cool off when you step too far from a radiator, I suspect that may have more to do with how well your walls are insulated, h...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...to that of the hood. Until you take steps to mitigate the influx of flue gasses, we would advise you to limit the use of your stove hood, or at the very least...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...to licenced HVAC installers. All too often a DIY ventilation job or one done by an overly-confident but inexperienced general contractor will lead to either pre...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...to homes? I have strong sensitivities to chemicals and its been hard to keep the air quality of my new build, so I don’t want to mess up on something small like...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you make new wood look old?

...to the wood with a brush and let it dry. 4) Once the wood is dry, you can sand it lightly to blend the colour to a uniform look. This will have different le...

Posted by Claire Dec. 11, 2017, 3:38 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...to raise any wood flooring above the surface of the concrete. As for appliance leaks, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to prevent damage – place ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...to do infloor heating. Since the slab need to be insulated all around, a builder told me he would not recommend that due to the entire weight of the building re...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...to install the double pipe grey water recycling system that you referred to in your article on grey water recycling. Also, we are installing an incinerating toi...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...to have two, one on each side of the HRV. I understand using the ground loop fluid to preheat the air in the winter prior to entering the HRV but would in not b...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...to build as it is expensive to buy and even more expensive for your contractors to work with. Even more importantly, Andrew is dishonest. He has owed a refund o...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...to the 2nd paragraph - I am being to told that the XPS proposed for the outisde of our 35,000 ft² 3-story multi family building has a GWP comparable to EPS. I a...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...to look into a sewage backup valve, and take steps to manage storm water runoff from your roof. Here are more pages that may be of help: How to insulate...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...to start is figuring out what your budget is to make repairs, as that is a rather extensive list. The best way we can help at this point is to lead you to som...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...to the air/water heat exchanger for the water tank? I look forward to reading about the effectiveness of this Solar Air Panel tie in to the Legalett system on...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How do you insulate a ceiling and finish it on the inside with wood?

...to inquire as to the type of wood light in color to use as planks? Our home is mid-century style and I want to go for a more modern friendly look? Thank you ,...

Posted by antonija klotz Oct. 20, 2019, 7:31 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses