Wood / Discussions

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 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 45 Responses

What is the best insulation for concrete block foundation wall and basement stud wall system?

...wood.) Choosing the best way to Insulate the interior of a CMU or block foundation is not as simple as with poured foudations as they are only held together but...

Posted by Don Fraser Dec. 8, 2021, 10:54 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 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

Does strapping’s nailing jeopardize membrane integrity?

...wood fiberboard with aluminium foil vapor barrier), double 1×3 strapping and v-groove pine planks. – walls are cedar siding, 1×3 strapping, Typar WRB, 1-1/2” wo...

Posted by GUY DUPONT Nov. 26, 2021, 11:12 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 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 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 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 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

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

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 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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...wood as the wall frames are metal. No leaks from the outside coming in either. I feel like the insulation is wrong and the insulation and the plastic barrier ...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 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

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

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

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