Wood walls / Discussions

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

...walls, then later for the slab floor. You say you are considering a slab on grade foundation form kit, what sort of product are you looking at? Some are for m...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

I'm designing our new home in Anchorage, Alaska (building zone 7) to be insulated to R-40 or better ICF walls and an appropriate level of insulation in the roo...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 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

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

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...walls are insulated with R12. I recently had a Home Energy Audit and found that my home has 6.5ACH at 50 pascals. Providing I performed the "recommended" upgrad...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses