Wood walls / Discussions

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...wood, keep the bottoms at least a foot from the ground. Consider a siding other than wood . Keep all vegetation at least 2 feet away from walls. Choose an...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Fill gap between wood stud wall and closed cell foam or fill the stud bays?

...walls in my baserment with 2.25" of close cell spray foam on the concrete walls. The stud walls are 3-5" " from the close cell spray foam. I can either (try to)...

Posted by B Mac Dec. 13, 2021, 6:31 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you keep a house cool in summer without air conditioning?

...walls are 4 inch hardwood (R-2?). We have a woodstove that can heat the whole place, and overheat it if your not careful. so even when we went ther when it was ...

Posted by Teresa Roper Oct. 15, 2021, 11:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...walls as well? If so – consider seating the framed walls on foam blocks, so that if there is a flood then you may keep your wood and insulation dry. Also instal...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...walls of new homes and renovations over the last couple of decades. Poly works on above grade walls, but below grade in basements it usually leads to rotting wa...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...walls can’t dry to the outside the way above grade walls can, so you need to sure not to trap moisture inside the walls where the wood and insulation is. Meanin...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Where can I find a professional to remove mold from a basement?

...wood framed walls and will drain into the new french drain you just installed, then build you basement walls knowing they are protected. See this page on sump...

Posted by Lorna Fraser Oct. 29, 2021, 8:06 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...walls the same way they build above grade walls, without realizing that they can’t dry to the outside. So putting organic materials like wood against a wet co...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Compared to pre-fab wall assemblies - how does ICF Construction fare?

I'm evaluating several wall construction methods like ICF blocks, Double stud walls, and pre-built wall assemblies. What can you tell me about your experience ...

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

Which insulation do I use for interior walls of a framed in bunker?

...wooden studs and the structure is some kind of outdoor plywood, concrete floor and metal pump pan. The building is on posts. Need to determine best way to insul...

Posted by Dale Klubertanz March 23, 2021, 10:38 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...wood boards, then rigid foam insulation and then faced fiberglass batts and then plywood subfloor of the outdoor deck. The rigid foam was not sealed (no air b...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

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

...wood and most other process wood finishing materials. I suspect that the concrete isn’t actually that well-sealed, and even if your foundation wall has a memb...

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

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...walls – Why basement walls go moldy and how to build basement walls that will stay dry At this point it sounds like the damage is done, but you may be able ...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...walls and roof material. Is there a big difference in cost? We have typically found above-grade walls to be a more affordable building option, but no, it is n...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

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

...wood. Exterior insulation on basement walls is best if you can, is that possible in your case? There is greater cost with exterior insulation as you need to e...

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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...wood as the wall frames are metal. No leaks from the outside coming in either. I feel like the insulation is wrong and the insulation and the plastic barrier ...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...wood siding on top. My question is whether I should be removing the old plywood and asphalt sheathing and possibly the old insulation. and reinsulate and sheath...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...wood on my house, which will require a coat of paint in the next 10 years or so, and if I could do it over again I'd be going with Shou Sugi Ban Carbonized Wood...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses