Wood / Discussions

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...wood. The walls are insulated with traditional Fiberglass Pink. I will be putting solid 3/4" wood siding over top of the exterior walls. I plan on strapping the...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do you fix ice dams and crawl space insulation in historic homes?

...wood skirting around the house to prevent a repeat situation? You’ve got two separate questions here, so first check this page here on crawlspaces – How to in...

Posted by Faith K Feb. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

I am looking to install a heat pump ,HRV, Radiant heat in the slab and a wood stove. do I need all this or can I do it wish just the heat pump? Or can you advi...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...wood sills and then connected to vertical EPS against concrete. Batting added after framing and inside rim/cripple wall cavities. 3) Sealing & batting first, ...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should I vent the space between a block wall and vapor barrier?

...wood paneling, sheetrock, 2x4 wood studs, and fiberglass insulation. The old walls were just about touching the block walls and had no barrior between them. I n...

Posted by Nick Santore Oct. 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...wood frame windows when updating the outside of our home. Located in northern Alberta. Hey Rebekah, I think effectively you answered your own question when you ...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...wood. The interior surface of triple-pane windows will be warmer than doubles, so less condensation will form which will help safeguard the interior wood. her...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...wood in with the moisture is only ever going to lead to rot. We have a full basement with a treated wood foundation in Minnesota. Between the treated wood studs...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 30 Responses

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

I live in Southern Alberta and will be replacing my exterior vinyl siding with wood, I also want to add insulation at the same time. It's a 2x4 wall with pink ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

Could a ductless heat recovery ventilator be used for radon mitigation?

...wood roof now insulated with 3" of foam. I have measure the radon with Airthings Waveplus and it varies between 3.5 and 6.5 daily during winter with all windows...

Posted by Jim B Feb. 20, 2021, 4:40 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...wood frame celtex and empty wall cavities. I found concrete block. Now I longer worry about tornadoes but I need to insulate my home. I am planning a complete g...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...wood forced hot air system For a house of its age and depreciation, and our likely ten additional years ownership, the investment of $4000 is too high The s...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 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

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

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 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

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

What is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...wood or drywall ceiling? The walls are concrete that my husband painted with a white moisture barrier product that seem best to leave alone to avoid mold proble...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses