Wood walls / Discussions

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

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...wood and OSB sheathing – which is better? So the WRB sheathings we like, but we become a bit more concerned when panels have integrated insulation though. I d...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 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

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

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...walls? What are the risks for vapour build up if we have a mix of plaster and lathe in the older parts of the house, with fiberglass and interior vapour barrier...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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

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

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

Can you create a passive wine cellar by insulating and air sealing a crawl space?

...walls will be exterior walls, and the other walls will be adjacent to the wine cellar. If I follow your recommendations for sealing the crawlspace, then the cra...

Posted by JC Wong April 2, 2021, 6:50 p.m. Crawl spaces 5 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...wood. As for cladding – of your two listed preferences, our vote is for the pre-painted wood. Vinyl is for sure the cheapest and it works well, however, it’s ...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of insulation under an outdoor deck frame with 2x8s?

...walls are panel of aluminium and wood 2x4. I will have to cut the rigid board to insert between the horizontal 2x4. The walls have 1.5 " space. If I go 2" it co...

Posted by Eric Dalpe Sept. 15, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

I am redoing a basement wall that has a lot of moisture and has rotted the studs I see you mentioned to do drywall, studs with mineral wood then 2" of rigid in...

Posted by John rodrigues Nov. 27, 2020, 8:50 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...wood floor on the other side of the crawl space ceiling. I haven't insulated because I read different articles and didn't want mold. But now I really need to do...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses