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Jul
3
comment Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?
Sorry, completely missed the fact that you are using foam insulation. Foam boards are typically considered a form of vapor barrier (especially with the foil face) by default. So, as long as you have a tight seal, you shouldn't need any other barrier.
Jul
3
comment Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?
Airflow is really about the house wrap. You don't want outside air coming in. The VB is more about moisture, the idea that you don't want moist interior air condensing in the colder wall cavity. A good place to read up on VBs is Building Science's web site: buildingscience.com/documents/digests/…
Jul
3
answered Can I put rigid foam on studs to prevent thermal bridging?
Jul
3
comment Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?
You definitely don't want double barriers. Also, many believe that older houses 'breath' a lot naturally and don't necessarily need the VB at all. (VB's are always a slightly controversial topic in the trades anyways...)
Jul
3
comment What are our options for carpeting the basement of a split-level house?
I'd also pair this with a good dehumidifier. If you live in a humid climate, a dehumidifier is pretty much a necessity for the basement.
Jul
2
comment What can I do about lead paint on fieldstone foundation walls?
I've never heard of paint disintegrating rock. What kind of rock? If it's something like limestone, it's perhaps more of a water issue than a paint issue. Either way, if it's all crumbling, might be best to bring in a structural engineer/foundation expert.
Jul
1
comment Can I build a deck close to the ground?
You can buy the pre-cast concrete pier's with a built in bolt/bracket and bolt the wood to it that way. Otherwise, the ones with the 'cross' on the top would work. The wood wouldn't fall over as it'd be attached to the deck structure.
Jun
30
answered Can I build a deck close to the ground?
Jun
30
comment How do outdoor mist-cooling A\C units fare in real-world usage?
Interesting question. Most window units work that way. The catch is it's using water from the air, rather than a well, so isn't coming along with the mineral deposit issue.
Jun
29
comment Is my window air conditioner cooling properly?
Also, if you do end up replacing it (or your landlord does) you might want to consider two 10k btu units rather than one large 18k one. It'd be more efficient in cooling a divided space (not to mention easier to take in and out each season)
Jun
29
comment Is my window air conditioner cooling properly?
I just read it was made in '99. THat's a pretty old window unit. Not sure I'd put too much effort into working on it, but you could have a Sears tech come out to clean/recharge it if you wanted to.
Jun
29
answered Is my window air conditioner cooling properly?
Jun
29
comment How do I determine if adding an air conditioner will overload a circuit?
You likely don't want it plugged into the same circuit as the electronics. WHen an AC unit kicks in it can be quite a draw. Can you get a heavy-duty extension cord to run it to a different circuit?
Jun
29
comment How many blades should a decorative windmill have?
If there's no load, and the axle/bearings are efficient, then it's likely purely an aesthetic call.
Jun
29
comment Why do I have spots showing through on stained pine?
You probably did nothing wrong. Low-grade pine doesn't take stains well at all. It's typically a paint-grade material.
Jun
29
answered I removed this non-load bearing wall in the corner of my basement, now 2 doors upstairs rub on their frames. Why is this?
Jun
29
comment What should I have my dehumidifier set at to dry out my basement?
True, though I come from the land of humidity where it's normal to have a dehumidifier running continuously in basements.
Jun
29
comment What technique(s) is recommended for waterproofing exterior foundation walls?
@cameron a french drain is a surface drain. I think it's a good suggestion. In fact, you could just start with the trench. If that works, then take the time to turn it into a full french drain.
Jun
29
answered What should I have my dehumidifier set at to dry out my basement?
Jun
29
comment Which cheap plywood are suitable for use as siding-and-sheathing?
marine grade plywood could work.