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  • Wet insulation in the basement.

    Joan insulated her basement using dense insulation made for steel doors, then discovered moisture behind the vapour barrier and is worrying if it is the insulation that is causing the problem.No Joan, there can be lots of reasons for moisture in a basement wall, and even the researchers are tr...
  • Overview: Vermiculite, Zonolite, Asbestos and your health

    Note 2014 : As you read below you will find a detailed history of Vermiculite insulation and problems it had starting in 1920.  Just recently I have become aware of houses built around or before 1920, yes 100 year old houses, where it was discovered that there was about 2 inches of Vermiculite u...
  • Will more attic insulation cause problems in my attic?

    Ken in cold Saskatoon is worried that adding insulation to his attic will cause problems. The key is to insure that he has good ventilation coming in through the soffits and going out higher up on the roof.In this segment we showed how to go into the attic to see if daylight was visible around t...
  • How do you sound proof a floor over another apartment?

    One of our viewers lives in an apartment over a noisy basement suite and wants to know what are their options to blocking the noise.Soundproofing is never a perfect thing and although each possible action can have an important effect, the sum of all the actions together can be less than you expec...
  • OVERVIEW: Was Urea Formaldehyde (UFFI) foam insulation really a health hazard?

    (updated Sept 2012) Since the early 80's Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI) was banned in Canada and the US. The Canadian ban is still in place while it is now legal again to sell Urea-Formaldehyde based foam in the US and Europe. Whether it ever was or still is actually a health problem ...
  • 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...
  • RIGID BOARD: LOW DENSITY EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE

    Common Name: Low Density Bead BoardColour: White and light blue with visible beadsThermal Resistance: RSI - .025/mm R - 3.6 /in. GoodCost: MediumFire Resistance: Poor. Gives off toxic gasFungus / Vermin Resistance: FairLimitations: -- Must be covered. It is a fire hazard if exposed on th...
  • Insulating un-insulated outside wall corners

    Often in constructing a house, the sequence of putting up walls, applying outside sheathing and installing insulation batts can leave the outside corner as a hollow spot with no insulation. The carpentry work was done and the hollow corner closed and hidden before the guys with the fiberglass eve...
  • Dust marks following studs on wall -- Ghosting

    Ralph from Red Deer Alberta sees the shadows of every 2x4 and every nail on the inside of the house not long after painting. I don't think he really wanted to hear that we call this "ghosting".\012\012Actually it is caused by thermal bridging; cold following the studs through the insulation and ...
  • Is it good practice to eleminate the chipboard on the outside of the house?

    Wagish from Brampton, Ontario is worried about the ongoing construction of his new home as they have not put a wooden sheathing on the outside of the house. He asks: "Is the insulation value and strength of the wall compromised by not using the chipboard?".First things first. "Chipboard" should...