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Protection from Insects for Legalett Geo-passive super insulated slab on grade?

...where I am here in Nova Scotia. But one concern I have about the Legalett slab is the possibility of insects, especially termites and/or carpenter ants infest...

Posted by James Burns April 30, 2020, 11:11 a.m. Slab on Grade 0 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...where I may be able to use it again in the future if we need it? Thank you. It is relatively simple to insulate a chimney to reduce heat loss now, but not elimi...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

Should I get an HRV or an ERV?

...where humidity is needed in winter and too much humidity in summer. Do I need a HRV or ERV unit...given the fact that I may not have an airtight home? If yes....

Posted by RUPINDER ARORA March 12, 2021, 10:23 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

I have a new construction project where one floor is subgrade. It has a cement wall on three sides that the contractor insured me was prepared to be mold resis...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...where operable windows would work best? Perhaps adding ventilation passages between floors for air movement? Where to place vents for air circulation between ro...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How do you get started planning a house build?

...where to buy land, how to get professionals involved. I don't even know what I need. But I do know my mental health and how covid has made so many things in my ...

Posted by Ziabis Oh Aug. 13, 2021, 10:39 p.m. Planning and Design 0 Responses

Is it possible to do a mono pour if you have a covered porch?

...where the thickened edge of the slab meets the covered porch must require insulation? Yes, you can do a mono-pour for a slab on grade even with an exterior porc...

Posted by Frank Gascon Aug. 10, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

...where the vapour barrier joins in with your walls? Vapour barrier paint (or Vapor barrier paint in the U.S. ) is more of a solution for walls rather than ceilin...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...where do we start? Who do we ask? Who do we hire? How much money do we need? Any ideas or brainstorms are welcome. An Earthship is not an affordable home to bui...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...where contractors have raised houses a full story in flood prone areas of Texas after hurricane Harvey. I don't think I would have to go that high though. Anyin...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...where the owners had done that, but an inspector came and had ordered them to destroy all their work, because they did it without a permit. Apparently it's unsa...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...where winters can vary between freezing and -20. Thank you! To turn a 3 season cottage into a 4 season permanent home is always a bit tricky , in the case of an...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...where the drain pipes goes under the floor? This house was build around 2000, unfotenatelly I don't have a plan of the house. Do you know if there is any othe...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

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

Hi, I have recently purchased a home in Toronto. We had some water issues and I've opened up the walls where I found some mould to see that the previous owners...

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

How do you support windows and doors when mounting them mid-insulation in a wall?

...where I want to do the same thing on the solid wall bungalow but with bi-fold doors about twice the weight as the previous largest door. Do you think the same a...

Posted by mark ward Oct. 11, 2021, 5:35 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What’s the best insulation system for a brick/masonry basement foundation wall?

...where we'd have intermittent water issues. Thought about drylok but don't want to trap the moisture in walls. Then thought about dimple board the full height to...

Posted by Ryan Essex Nov. 29, 2021, 8:17 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

...where to start and find more information. Thanks, Insulating the exterior walls of older homes has to be done carefully so you don’t trap moisture. I would re...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

We are planning a build for June 2020 in Prince Edward County, Ontario where there is 1 ft of topsoil, 2 ft of clay and then bedrock. Structure planned is a bu...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses