Silicone / Guides

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...silicone, it's always a good idea to fill the bath or shower tray with water carefully to put it under load while applying a neat bead of sealant. Once the silicone sealent is fully cured - appx 24 hrs - then run the water out. Otherwise we've seen countless examples of the bath shifting or flexing and the silicone sea...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...silicone sealant or squirting in the ubiquitous can of "not so" Great Stuff to make a connection that is neither airtight or healthy - with the foam residue and waste chemicals produced left to bioaccumulate too. Why not to install windows and doors with spray foam... When installing windows and doors in a home...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...silicone has a heavy ecological footprint in production, it's inert and harmless after it dries. Choosing interior doors: Reclaimed doors Pros : Reusing materials diverts waste from landfills and reduces manufacturing, shipping and foresting. Depending on the quality and supplier, you may be able to save some m...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...silicone sealants and which are best, see here ! So two years after a $5 investment, you could be saving $200 a year. Does your financial investor have a better investment proposal than that? If they do it will probably start with 'psssst....hey buddy'. The point here is that greening your home and improving its ef...

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

...silicone grease - image © Rj Pierson Alternatively, you can go online and buy a big assortment pack of new tap washers ahead of time and some food grade silicon grease , as this saves having to run out to the store mid-job. But, it also means you're going to have to plan ahead for your dripping faucet repair. You'r...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...silicone squeegee on shower enclosures and tile after finishing a shower encourages water to drain away rather than it have to evaporate. Condensation on unused bedroom windows may be noticed last, especially as it is a room not used very often. Signs to look out for with condensation around bedroom windows are; wate...