Found 74 results for the keyword ‘Types’

  • Chalk line technique & eraseability.

      Chalk lines are used to draw straight lines across large surfaces from about 2 feet to over 20 feet.  But it is not always easy to see the line, especially if you are working in the sun, or your saw has a dusting action that blows the chalk away. Phil from Ottawa sent in the chalkline tip t...
  • Transitions between floor coverings: Thresholds

    It is important when two different floor coverings are at different heights, that the transition is smooth so as to not cause people to stumble, or wheels to catch. In the photo you can see the difference between two thresholds that both rise up the same height, but one being very narrow, cr...
  • TABLE OF INSULATING MATERIALS

    This is a quick summary table of all the common types of thermal house insulation. You can find details on each material by looking up "insulation" then "types".
  • It is all wet behind the shower tiles. Why?

    Ed writes from Ajax, Ontario : All 3 walls of my bathroom shower stall are finished with 4" ceramic tiles and are in good shape. When I had to remove one of them, I discovered that the drywall was behind it was so wet that I had to put a fan on it over night to dry it out before I could glue...
  • OVERVIEW: Window Replacement

    When it is time to replace your windows you will hear a lot of confusing and even contradictory things from contractors, salesmen and even friends. If you just look up Windows in this database you might be overwhelmed -- so here are the links to the most useful entries specifically related to pla...
  • LOOSE FILL BLOWN IN: MINERAL WOOL

    Common Name: Rock Wool loose fill.Colour: Brown or whiteThermal Resistance: RSI - .019/mm R - 2.7/in. FairCost: Medium plus blower.Capacity to dry out if wet: Good.Fire Resistance: Excellent.Fungus / Vermin Resistance: Good to excellent.Limitations: -- Skin irritant: wear long sle...
  • Can ceramic or vinyl tiles be put over linoleum?

    Two viewers have linoleum tile floors. Jerry from Regina, Saskatchewan wants to put ceramic tiles over top while Roni from Bellevue, Alberta would like to cover them with vinyl. Any potential problems?In both cases the existing tiles must be stuck down solidly to the floor. And in both cas...
  • Electric radiant floor heating without electromagnetic radiation!

      In the spring of 2004, a young and dynamic company in Quebec got a new radiant heating cable out of the laboratory and onto the market that has almost no electromagnetic radiation. "FlexTherm" from Longueuil, Quebec came out with what they call their Green Cable. With a sensitive professional...
  • LOOSE FILL BLOWN IN: CELLULOSE

    Common Name: Cellulose Fiber, ground up newspapers.Colour: Grey or white.Thermal Resistance: RSI - .025/mm R - 3.6/in. GoodCost: Lowest plus blower. (The only blowers that can be rented by homeowners)Capacity to dry out if wet: Fair to poorFire Resistance: Good to Fair (Borax can...
  • Will insulating a floor make it warmer?

    Lee from Portugal Cove, Newfoundland is trying to warm up his floor without warming up his basement. "The floor above the basement is plywood covered with hardwood or vinyl flooring. It is very cold during winter and our 10 month old spends most of his days crawling around on a cold floor. Wil...