Water / Discussions

What is the best way to Insulate a basement and floor joists that are embedded into the concrete?

...water issues and I've opened up the walls where I found some mould to see that the previous owners installed batt insulation directly onto the concrete wall and...

Posted by David Pereira April 28, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...water and pluming in the floor with my heating system and can place the massive walls on the system to because of the weight of the 18 inch thick wood. There ...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...water-resistive barrier coating or layer incorporated into it, eliminating the need for an additional house-wrap: Barricade Thermo Brace , and BP's R4-HP panel ...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

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

...Water screen followed by 2 X 4's for strapping using 10" RSS type screws through to the sheathing and purlins. Facia Board installed prior to insulation being e...

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

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...water in the radiant tubing to help balance the excess heating. My understanding was that the unheated water in the tubing would absorb excess heat from the are...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

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

...water table is high (12-18 inches below the slab). The cause of the flood was undetermined, but I suspect that a rising water table overwhelmed the 1950's era d...

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

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...water noise, which one is quieter? Water quality/freshness. Durability etc. Hi there Babak, I think the choice between a plastic material and copper is a very...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

Do natural swimming pools need retaining walls?


Posted by Michael Applegate Sept. 21, 2020, 12:17 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Where can I find caulking and adhesives without antimicrobial (biocides) chemicals?

...water clean-up and water smoothable caulking that are non-toxic, NO VOC and DO NOT contain any synthetic biocides of any kind. Not all companies I have spoken w...

Posted by Riki Luri Jan. 10, 2020, 9:55 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 Responses

Does paint work instead of a poly vapour barrier?

...water proofing’ walls, or at least making it water resistant. Oil paint on plaster walls or drywall will prevent moisture from absorbing into the wall cavities ...

Posted by Bill Fletcher May 6, 2020, 1:46 p.m. 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...water tank, which I can use to also help heat the house. Regarding your first question about making your own windows – Let me make sure I really understand – is...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...water feeds to your faucets, copper replaced lead decades ago, and what you are seeing now are PEX pipes ( cross-linked polyethylene). The joints of copper pi...

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

What is the best deck material?

...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 top decking boards.

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

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...water is a sensible idea if you have a high-water table or regular water infiltration into your basement. If 7 of your 12 contractors recommend removing the s...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

...water issues. To demolish a house and rebuild on an existing basement foundation can be done as long as the basement is structurally solid, to do that you would...

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...water damage. Want to have a super durable and safe sealor, probably satin finish most likely. Thank you, Gail The healthiest floor sealer and the easiest to ma...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...water leaks. That means air seals around the exterior of windows and sloping window sills to make sure any water that may infiltrate can drain to the outside so...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...water catchment etc.. I am interested in the prefab how do I get one how do I find/ I have been all over your site and many others and can not find the info. I ...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses