Wood walls / Discussions

What kind of non-toxic exterior sheathing can be used in place of plywood?

...wood called Purebond from Columbia Forest Products in case you will have any plywood on the interior. I called the company to check and they tell me that it isn...

Posted by pier charter June 4, 2020, 1:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...walls dry to the interior, by that we mean to caution readers against installing interior poly vapor barriers that traps moisture in with studs and causes walls...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

I finished a basement for a contractor and what we did was put tar paper on the concrete walls the left about 3/4 to an inch of air space than a 2x4 wall I thi...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...walls. And you are right, they can be an excellent insulation system for wood-framed houses, and done with 2x4’s as well since you no longer need the depth of...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...wood strapping Vertical wood strapping 2” or 4” mineral wool insulation OSB sheathing c/w fully adhered exterior sheathing membrane OR Zip system 2x6 wa...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...walls like that? I have a drainage system under the walls. How about painting the cinder block walls with Drylok then placing your rigid foam board insulation d...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...walls, taping best able around mechanicals and piers - and adherred to the skim of mortar under the rim. Questions: 1) do you think an interior french drain t...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...walls may be in reasonable shape. The wall assembly you mention – putting rigid foam insulation against foundation walls followed by a stud wall and Roxul / Roc...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...wood that may otherwise be wasted, so that is always a great idea. And further to that, whether you are using engineered or solid wood, sourcing it from sustain...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...wood floored living room. The house foundation is piled-up field stone (typical of that era) and it can be drafty in high winds). The crawspace is dirt floor wi...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

I have a 14 foot wide by 70 foot long single wide mobile home. It has a 12 ft by 12 ft add on. The home has sheet rock with 1/2 inch stucco on the walls and ce...

Posted by Chryss James Nov. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 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

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

...walls are often build the same as above grade walls, which can dry to the outside while a basement wall cannot dry to the outside. This page will help you under...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 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 is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...walls was left in place, but protected with Blueskin tape. We now have to finish the walls and seal or otherwise treat the concrete floor. I understand now th...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...walls is settled cellulose or perhaps even wood shavings. Is the best bang for the buck to blow into the space between the interior and exterior walls from the ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 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 are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

...walls. Basement windows are often smaller than main floor windows, other than that, whatever performance of windows you decide to invest in would make sense for...

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses