Found 138 results for the keyword ‘Walls’

  • INSULATING WALLS

    A respectable rewinterizing job need not include the addition of insulation into the walls. They are the most difficult (and expensive) parts of the house to re-insulate, and usually have the poorest financial payback of all re-winterizing tasks because:-- Walls are finished on both sides, and i...
  • How do you insulate a double brick wall?

    Ed and Sharon in Manitoba just bought an old house in Manitoba and it is very cold, there doesn't seem to be any insulation in the walls at all. They have been told that it was double brick construction with plaster on the inside. Well friends, it was probably built by someone from Toronto who ...
  • Removing Textured Paint

    "I have a painting problem: All the walls and ceilings in my apartment have been painted using a sponge technique. The paint itself is a latex flat base to which powdered pigments were added along with a small amount of an abrasive material to give the walls an "adobe" look.I now wish to repaint...
  • Proper window shimming

    There are over 2000 window manufacturers in Canada, and with all that competition, each one wants to make homeowners, renovators, and builders believe that their windows are easier to install than the other brand. This has led to a lot of very poorly built windows that are often difficult to ins...
  • OVERVIEW: Frozen pipes: Tracing, thawing, preventing.

    As weather patterns change we are getting longer colder periods than traditionally in many areas of the country -- and with that, more and more complaints of water pipes freezing. Finding the frozen point can be difficult, thawing it can be problematic but if you have done those two, go one step...
  • RIGID BOARD: EXTRUDED POLYSTYRENE

    Example: Styrofoam products by Dow (by the way, Styrofoam is a Dow Chemical brand name and not a generic term for foam insulation).Colour: Blue (Dow) or Pink (Celfort)Thermal Resistance: RSI - .035/mm R - 5.0/in. Very high.Cost: highCapacity to dry out if wet: Won't get wetFire Resis...
  • HOW DO I INSULATE ON THE OUTSIDE OF WALLS?

    Insulating on the outside of the house is quite easy if there are no air spaces between the insulation and the warm house. Check out: OLD WALLS CAN SABOTAGE INSULATION EFFORTSSimply attach insulated sheathing panels or foam boards directly to the studs, or to the old sheathing, or, in some cases,...
  • Vapour barriers and Showers

    There is a lot of debate about whether to put a vapour retarder (vapour barrier) on an insulated wall behind shower tiles.  The code has not historically been specifically clear on this so we get lots of different interpretations.  What the code does say clearly is that we should not have two vap...
  • Myths and misconceptions about concrete and water

    A comment from a reader:"I notice in your section on self leveling concrete that you mention about needing to let the water out before putting anything on top of the new compound. (Self Leveling Concrete) This is a common misconception about concrete, in fact the water does not leave, it becomes ...
  • How to clean grease off walls without bothering the paint.

    One of our viewers was wondering how to clean cooked-on grease off of kitchen walls around the stove, without bothering the paint.The reality is that it all depends on the quality of the paint you have on the wall.Regular latex paint can't stand much scrubbing. That is why we use latex acrylic e...