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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

What is the best way to insulate exterior walls of a mid-70's Pioneer Log home?

The cottage is located in Thornbury Ont - 20km west of collingwood and is original. It is a 2 story on a slab. The first story is cinder block and the 2nd floo...

Posted by Keith McDevitt Nov. 15, 2020, 12:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...wood frames and they are for sure old, but they at least have two panes of glass. Should I follow his advice and replace them? I can do it if I have to but its ...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...wood siding on top. My question is whether I should be removing the old plywood and asphalt sheathing and possibly the old insulation. and reinsulate and sheath...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...wood directly on the concrete, put R19 batts between the studs, and covered the whole thing with a poly vapor barrier and then drywall. So the vapor barrier see...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...wood stove centrally located in basement. Electric hot water system (NOT a rented utility-owned tank). I am wondering about possibility and feasability to cou...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Where can I find caulking and adhesives without antimicrobial (biocides) chemicals?

...wood flooring adhesive, and a water clean-up and water smoothable caulking that are non-toxic, NO VOC and DO NOT contain any synthetic biocides of any kind. Not...

Posted by Riki Luri Jan. 10, 2020, 9:55 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 Responses

Where does a vapour barrier go when building a shed in southern Ontario?

...wood exterior sheathing, R14 roxul batts and the infamous 6 mil poly. The ceiling is R40 pink as I got a good deal, and figure if it cost the same as R24, may a...

Posted by Charley Nelson Nov. 5, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...Wood burning fireplace Spiral staircase to second floor if necessary for minimal space. (Ladder as other solution, if there is a toilet & sink on second floor) ...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 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

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...wood forms and also plan to add at least 2" of EPS to the concrete ceiling and mineral wool. My cold room is a small 6' x 6' space. Putting EPS foam insulation ...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What heating system to use in my new detached garage/shop?

...wood stove to heat up the space when working in there. My goal is to use as low electricity as I can because I won't use it everyday and it is detached to the...

Posted by David Perreault Dec. 4, 2020, 10:23 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 0 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

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...wood stoves or exhaust fans that depressurize the home. We can’t advise you too much on anything related to rocket stoves for safety reasons, but I would propos...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...wood, which can then be covered to match the rest of the house. Installing wood stoves with existing fireplace chimneys: By installing batt insulation in th...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...wood, so they are in a way a potential indication of other problems. There are several strategies that can help prevent an infestation before it occurs, as well...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Can you use boards instead of sheathing?

...wood is currently about 150% up in price since pre-covid. This page about ways to cut back on lumber when building houses will probably be of interest to you as...

Posted by Stephen Montgomery May 30, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Hello EcoHome I was wondering, do you offer your home kits to Massachusetts?

I am interested in passive/net zero home (prefab/modular). You can see all of our LEED and Passive House ready kit houses on this page here , and yes, they are...

Posted by Kimberly Luce July 23, 2020, 7:26 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses