Wood walls / Discussions

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...walls up slightly so that small amounts of water can flow beneath without saturating wood framing. See more here – How to build basements properly so they won...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 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 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

Is spray foam a good way to insulate a house from the exterior?

...wood framed bungalow. In addition, i dont expect our interior drywall forms a very great air barrier either - we have the usual holes from outlets etc but we ...

Posted by Simon Levitt Dec. 21, 2020, 2:14 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...walls and floor in northern California. We want to do this basement conversion as sustainably as possible with good air quality and there seem to be a lot of di...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Which is the best foam board insulation to put against poured concrete basement walls?

...wooden stud wall, add batt insulation between the studs (you can also leave them empty with no harm done), and after you do the wiring just put drywall on, DO N...

Posted by Patricia Roberts Dec. 28, 2021, 6:18 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 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

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 you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...walls From what you describe, I would do it from the inside. If the interior is bare stud framing and it has siding on the outside (and you are really just look...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 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 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 6 Responses

Why is there frost on the underside of my roof overhang?

...wood soffits) would probably create enough ventilation to prevent the air from hitting the dew point. We have never been fans of unventilated roofs, as far as w...

Posted by George Paul March 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Where is the correct vapor barrier location in Chicago?

...wood, the layers separated by about 1 inch of space. The bottom plywood coverings go to the foundation wall. The interior wood surfaces of the space are untreat...

Posted by Joel Peerson Jan. 31, 2021, 7:31 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Can I put foam boards up after I frame a basement?

...walls to stop vapor from migrating into walls? If that’s the reason, I would sooner try to slip a sheet of 6-mil polyethylene vapor barrier behind the wood to k...

Posted by Paul Hylan Dec. 27, 2021, 11:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 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

Why do I have condensation on my ceiling and how do I fix it?

...walls and windows – why it happens and how to fix it Why roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly Those two pages should help you so...

Posted by bruce chambers Nov. 5, 2021, 5:42 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses