Wood / Discussions

Is there a safe MDF? formaldehyde & anti-fungicide free, etc? Or a green sealant?

...wood like Pine, or alternatively you could look into hemp building materials , there are non-structural boards that could be ripped into strips for trim if that...

Posted by Elize St Charles May 23, 2020, 10:52 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...wood and insulation dry. Also installing drywall up off the bottom means it won’t wick water up, and your baseboard trim will cover the gap. You may also want...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How to air seal & ventilate a partial gut reno of a 1901 house?

I'm renovating a 1901 house, detached wood frame with stone foundation. We are creating a ~1500SF owner's duplex on the 2nd floor and former attic. The basemen...

Posted by Zach Zill Feb. 7, 2021, 4:33 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?

...wood from the moisture, but the way it is usually done seals the wood in WITH the moisture. Dampproofing the outside is better than nothing but it is not as p...

Posted by Michael Scott April 12, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...wood, and caulked at the joints and junctions to prevent water from entering. We were really happy with the air seal the tape provided, and when we conducted ...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...wood and most other process wood finishing materials. I suspect that the concrete isn’t actually that well-sealed, and even if your foundation wall has a memb...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...wood cabin. I believe it is cedar that has been stained and the ceikling is also exposed. We do not want to cover the ceiling that is why we are insulating the ...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...wood, keep the bottoms at least a foot from the ground. Consider a siding other than wood . Keep all vegetation at least 2 feet away from walls. Choose an...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...wood, so an above grade wall assembly can usually achieve a higher performance level for a lower cost since you can use wood as the structure. Yes, you will hav...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Which insulation do I use for interior walls of a framed in bunker?

...wooden studs and the structure is some kind of outdoor plywood, concrete floor and metal pump pan. The building is on posts. Need to determine best way to insul...

Posted by Dale Klubertanz March 23, 2021, 10:38 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...wood, pellets, oil and propane , and a very small amount of people heat their homes with of coal. That covers the fuel sources, and costs will vary by region....

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...wood, it won’t be coming off. So unless someone invents a spray foam removal machine in the future, the current final destination of studs and sheathing covered...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...wood flooring above the surface of the concrete. As for appliance leaks, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to prevent damage – place washing machi...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...wood frame exposed out in the rain for weeks or months to get saturated and warped. The next level up from that are companies that offer prefab ‘turn key’ hom...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 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

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...wood stove or pellet stove (if local regulations don’t forbid it) might be an option to consider, though it will also offer localized heat, so in the absence of...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 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