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When can I seal the basement floor?

I have just finished building my retirement home with energy efficiency, green products and products made in USA. The Basement is a conditioned space and is heated with a 9000 btu Mitsubishi minisplit.

Asked By Ron Flood | Dec 29 17
3 Answers

Can I build stormwater retention trench so I can park on top of it?

We are building on a small lot, and are required to locate a 10'x10'x2' stormwater retention trench in a location ideal for parking. I've been researching the base prep for permeable paving, and much of it looks similar to the stormwater retention trench: 12"-18" layers of triple washed gravel, overflow pipes, judicious use of filter cloth. Can anyone point out issues that would arise from doubling the base layer and otherwise building the stormwater retention area as we would a permeable driveway?

Asked By Bill Fitler | Dec 19 17
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How do I insulate brick wall from the heated side of house?

I am working on a 1978 built, brick house in Juneau, Alaska. Was seeing moisture on drywall and some mold. After removing drywall found 2X2 nailers, 2 feet on center nailed at the grout line. Between the nailers was 1.5 inches of white bead board. Found a few places where the air was leaking in and believe that they have been taken care of.

Other info:
wall is above grade
appears to be single, standard size, red brick constructed wall

I am not sure how to much insulation can I add for the climate and not damage the brick?

Asked By Daniel Hall | Dec 17 17
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Brick house insulation


My situation: I have a brick house, that initially had plaster and lathe walls. With the floor joists supported by inner wythe, and the joist ends embedded in the brick. I removed the plaster and restudded the walls with 2x4s.

My concern: On the lower floor, I insulated the stud bays with batt insulation. I thought this was a good thing, however, after reading your article I think I may have been mistaken.  I am beginning work on the second story and don't want to make matters worse.

Asked By 3rd Little Pig | Dec 9 17
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Hip roof modifications

I I have just purchased a small house (20 x 24) with a hip roof in Zone 5A. The house has been extended but each (of 2) additions has its own roof. My question is about the hip roof.

Asked By Miriam Kearney | Dec 11 17
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additional info re hip roof question

Sorry forgot to state zone info = zone 5a

Asked By Miriam Kearney | Dec 11 17
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Boral--Proper installation on vertical siding

We are building an addition in Western Pennsylvania. The plans called for cedar siding but a change order now specifies Boral Bevel siding installed vertically over 1/2 inch plywood +Tyvek House Wrap + 1 inch XPS T/G foam insulation on the outside. All the Boral literature indicates installing vertical siding on horizontal drainable furring like CoraVent. The architect talked to the Boral rep and she stated that it was OK to install directly on the wall without furring because Boral won't swell or rot. Any suggestions?

Asked By Brian Magan | Dec 8 17
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Estimate kWh electricity needed to heat new addition?

I am planning to expand an existing room in my house. The room is currently on a separate heating zone (oil heat, forced hot water). I have solar panels and generate an average 1700 kWh electricity per year more than I use (this is a 3 year average). So I am thinking of heating the remodeled room with electric baseboard, hoping that I can essentially heat it for free with the excess kilowatts that I generate. But I would like to project how much electricity will be required before making a decision. Can this be estimated?

The room will be 13' x 17' (221 square feet).

Asked By user-6963772 | Nov 29 17
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2-inch foam on the interior face of the wall: What are my electrical box options?

Due to a foundation snaffu, it looks like I will have to move my 2in. EPS foam to the inside of the wall assembly. Although that seems feasible, it will add some labour and material cost (3/4" strapping everywhere, 3/4" plywood for the kitchen/cabinet area etc.)

I was specifically looking at the extra pain involved in installing electrical boxes. It seems most of the box extension rings I could find are limited to 1.5", which is a bit shy of the 2in. I would require.

Asked By Mai Tai | Dec 2 17
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How important when insulating with foam board is it to be for the joints be overlapped, or pieces be foamed in place?

My project is a retrofit of foam over the sheathing of a geodesic dome. Every triangle has a gentle angle, which will interrupt the five inches of XPS foam that's being added. The sheathing below the foam will be primed with an acrylic sealer and taped. Over the insulation will be a water barrier, and strapping, 2 3/8 inch vent space, sheathing - with Densdeck Prime (sealed and taped) and a single ply adhered roofing of TPO.

Asked By Christopher Glasspool | Nov 27 17
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