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Why does interior insulation cause a freeze/thaw cycle- cinder block foundation?

...water can go through this portion. Thank you! Cinder block foundations (or CMUs - concrete masonry units) are more at risk of cracking when insulated on the i...

Posted by P Mci July 5, 2021, 11:17 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...water, every morning it's all over the window sills, running down the wall - in the bathroom it's even making a puddle on the floor tiles. Now I noticed the sea...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...water for water. I want the house to be as well insulated as possible so I have to generate less electricity, so I'm wondering what sort of insulation to use an...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

What is the best wall for a house by the sea in New Brunswick?

...water/vapor barrier. We would like to get expert advice, since this is a crucial part of the house and we need to get it right, especially since the weather c...

Posted by Nathalie Lacaille Jan. 6, 2021, 9:36 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...water to pass under in cases of mild flooding. What do you mean by that? Are you saying don't put the studs all the way down to the floor? Because water nee...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 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

How to reduce the rain noise from a metal roof?

...water, but the prospect of feeling like a commando unit is attacking me with machine guns everytime there's rain or hail is not very appealing. Any idea on how ...

Posted by Igal H Nov. 24, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...water. We inspected the foundation outside. The foundation seems to be sealed, although we had to dig down six inches or so, below the level of some garden beds...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do I stop a leak from my attic?

I'm getting water dripping down the inside walls of two opposite exterior walls. I checked the attic and found 1) frost of the underside of the roofing plywood...

Posted by Markus Duess Feb. 11, 2019, 12:42 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...water heater but no furnace, so its stays pretty cold. The most likely cause of your problem is actually the inclusion of ventilation, which is a fairly common ...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should I insulate a crawl space from the outside?

...water in the concrete, a serious problem in our cold climate. Also the floor joists are cast into foundation walls which means trapped water could lead to rotti...

Posted by Ryan Argente March 7, 2021, 5:07 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...water on it but I’ve still seen a few since then. We’re hoping to deal with this before it grows into another roof repair. In the spring and summer, it is quite...

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

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

...water penetration? How much benefit would we get from just insulating attic area and crawl space? We were going to install cold weather heat pumps and realize t...

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

Can I regulate my heat/ air exchanger?

...water in the. I did and they have been dry as a bone for about 10 years. He said the air exchanger is sucking all the moisture out of my home and it is too dr...

Posted by Paula Pearcey March 27, 2021, 6:28 a.m. Ventilation 0 Responses

Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?

...water on the floor and no smells. It was by accident that I noticed it. It is in a corner of our house and after opening up the walls it dried up. I reinsulated...

Posted by Michael Scott April 12, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...water freezing as well as no heat source, we risk the slab being affected by frost heaves. We are also planning to polish and finish the concrete flooring as ou...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the most cost effective way to build a rain screen wall assembly?

...water-resistive barriers (WRB), vertical firring strips 24" o.c., 1/8" gapped 1"x6" reclaimed barn wood horizontal cladding. We would really like to make recycl...

Posted by Jess Glowacki June 22, 2021, 7:55 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 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