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Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...wall it won’t be as solid and able to hold weight the same as the load bearing portion of the wall. Other questions – how big is the awning you are thinking o...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...walls is the supporting wall, but you should see that by the location of the existing header. Sometimes a double wall system will have a 2x6 supporting wall wit...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

...wall. Due to the wall being so close to grade, I worry about water pooling inside the sill of the wall. What is the proper way to design a slab on grade to prev...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...walls you show an exterior wall with 10" plate & sill and two rows of 2x4 studs. This looks fantastic, but the idea of vapour-permeable membranes on both sides ...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...wall to do. We don’t have phone support but you can learn about how a wall works in this video – Building science made easy for high performance energy effici...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...wall would be a proper air barrier and avoiding thermal bridging in the wall assembly. Those links will give you a good starting point, and to really get your h...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

...wall with a uniform thickness might not be quicker, stronger and cost effective overall - see this article about how to insulate external walls of an existing h...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

We live in San Jose California. Our house is 50 years old and I would like to add insulation to the outside of our stucco siding (concrete like material, about...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 0 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...wall. Moisture issue in spring ( and I suspect fall). We get a lot of people asking about the best way to insulate a cinder block (CMU) foundation wall, I would...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...wall with low-dust drywall compound and zero VOC paint , and if you want a pre-finished formaldehyde-free wall panel you could try Columbia here . What was the ...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...wall) would this be the best solution? I am prepared to live with unfinished basement walls. If I chose to finish the walls, could I refinish with drywall only ...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Do frost lines where studs are on a wall show a failure of spray foam insulation?

...wall assembly. The best method of wood frame construction would always include continuous insulation on the exterior of walls, without that you may see indica...

Posted by Gerald Crozier July 22, 2019, 10:24 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterproof this? The house is only 3 years old so the F...

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

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...walls, insulated and drywalled Crawl space has dirt floor, 3 cement block walls, open lattice wall to access crawl space, exposed floor joists 24'' o.c., heig...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...wall construction methods like ICF, Double stud wall, and pre-built wall assemblies. What can you tell me about your experience with pre-built assemblies like o...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What is the best way to do wall construction using Charred Cedar Siding?

I had a small project building a garage with charred cedar siding and it is for experimenting of using charred cedar. I'm interested to know the wall construct...

Posted by Dobie Cheung June 6, 2020, 10:44 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

Do I need a standard 6 mil poly vapor barrier with dense cellulose exterior wall?

...wall insulation. I've opened the wall cavity and plan to use a dense pack cellulose to achieve R-14. The exterior wall is plank sheathing with paper wrap, follo...

Posted by jeff Chormann May 1, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...walls can dry , also read about the importance of air barriers for energy efficiency and durability . If walls are not built with airtightness and an ability to...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses