Wood walls / Discussions

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...wood or interior plywood walls will not make any difference to the ideal location of the vapour barrier (or ‘vapor’ barrier depending on your country) since the...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

Why are half of my basement walls are not insulated and should I add insulation?

...walls have pink fibre glass insulation covered with clear plastic and a black plastic border nailed into the concrete but the bottom half of the walls are left ...

Posted by Jake Morel Dec. 28, 2020, 8:58 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

Can you run plumbing in exterior walls?

...walls or can they be brought to exterior basement walls that have been insulated using EPS + wood stud + mineral wool? The interior basement walls have been i...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 22, 2021, 10:28 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What is your advice on exterior wall insulation for a tiny home?

...walls are as follows, from inside out: Ship lap wood, plastic vapor barrier, I see no mention of insulation for you Tiny House, but there is a comma a...

Posted by Mitch Fowler Aug. 27, 2020, 7:04 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...wood. The walls are insulated with traditional Fiberglass Pink. I will be putting solid 3/4" wood siding over top of the exterior walls. I plan on strapping the...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

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

...wood walls are not very airtight, so you're going to need some juice in that system of yours if you want a cozy home. Building cord wood walls is not super comm...

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

Which is the best exterior insulation board to make a cottage 3 season?

...walls are toung and groove pine. No heat no insulation just the wainscotting walls. The interior frame ar 2 by 4's. we wish to live there through the summer fro...

Posted by Sharon Challingsworth April 23, 2021, 7:16 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Should I vent the space between a block wall and vapor barrier?

...wood paneling, sheetrock, 2x4 wood studs, and fiberglass insulation. The old walls were just about touching the block walls and had no barrior between them. I n...

Posted by Nick Santore Oct. 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...walls & look like its raining. Contractor says there’s enough insulation in the attic. There’s wood siding on 3 sides & brick on the front of the house. I want ...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do I best insulate my century home from the inside?

...walls of the house are: plaster/lathe - 2x4 wood studs (no existing insulation) - wood sheathing - brick veneer (no real airspace to speak of). The interior pla...

Posted by Merner Row Design May 12, 2021, 12:22 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...walls and found the concrete foundation walls and insulation were soaked. Water was literally running down the walls. No signs of humidity anywhere else in the ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 30 Responses

What is the best way to insulate exterior walls of a mid-70's Pioneer Log home?

The cottage is located in Thornbury Ont - 20km west of collingwood and is original. It is a 2 story on a slab. The first story is cinder block and the 2nd floo...

Posted by Keith McDevitt Nov. 15, 2020, 12:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...walls to crack. Concrete block walls are not as strong as poured concrete, since they are only held together by the mortar between blocks. Kent, did you ever co...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...wood stud walls? How do the DMX and EPS on the wall tie together? Do I still maintain a 1/4" gap around the perimeter (as per DMX installation)? I guess the i...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...wood is good on the inside....just bare stud walls ...real 2x4's....it sits about 2 feet off the ground....can crawl under one side...no existing plumbing...how...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...walls will be wood paneling attached on the outside of the beams. For the next layer, I am thinking to wrap with vapour barrier. Six to eight inches of rigid ro...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...walls in basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate concrete walls with 2" of EPS, with 2x4 frami...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...walls+concrete blocks+bricks, all part of the same wall assembly? As the bricks that sit atop the concrete walls are uneven (along the grout and brick face), ...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses