Wood walls / Discussions

What is the best way to put siding on an older home without causing it to rot?

...walls are constructed of 2x4 studs with no insulation and lumber sheathing on the inside and outside of the wall. The interior of the walls is lathe and plaster...

Posted by Richard Reinert April 18, 2021, 12:32 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 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

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

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 do wall construction using Charred Cedar Siding?

...wood or carbonized wood siding, also known as Shou Sugi Ban, is a a matter of slightly charring the outside surface of the wood. See our page here that explains...

Posted by Dobie Cheung June 6, 2020, 10:44 p.m. Exterior cladding 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

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 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

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

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

Can you use insulated plasterboard on a tiny house that moves?

...walls systems than a normal house since they will be bounced down the highway. All that shifting and movement causes a lot of wear, so I would make sure whateve...

Posted by Nadine Dermody April 23, 2021, 12:40 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What is the best non toxic insulation for a house?

...wood framing in your walls that could be re-used in the future will be heading straight to a land fill once it has spray foam adhered to it as it is very diffic...

Posted by Jude Smith Sept. 10, 2021, 10:12 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 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

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...walls and windows. This page explains in simple terms all about human comfort in homes - How to design a home for thermal comfort Are you in an older house?...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a radiant floor in an off grid house?

...wood burning stove, a masonry heater, or even a non electric pellet stove. But whatever you do, first minimize heat loss by building super efficient, and if pos...

Posted by Julien Comtois Oct. 2, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...wood framing inside the concrete basement stuffed full of fiberglass insulation, covered with plastic then all covered up with drywall so we can't see another d...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...wood, so it could be the kitchen (plumbing leaks) or it could be anywhere in your walls or roof where there is either air leakage causing condensation, or a lea...

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