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Found 29 results for the keyword ‘Aluminum’

  • Aluminum tape to seal window frames

    Terry has heard that if you want to stop drafts, you need to take the trim off from around the inside of windows and seal that gap between the drywall and the window frame behind the trim. He suggests simply covering this gap with aluminum duct tape.That is a great idea Terry. Aluminum duct tap...
  • Is aluminum foil an insulation?

    Steve writes: Could you tell me if tinfoil vapour barrier is " legally" considered insulation? I bought a house two years ago and just discovered that there wasn?t any insulation in the walls, only this tinfoil stuff. The sellers lawyer claims this is classified as insulation so the se...
  • Fiberglass Window & Door Frames -- the future is now.

    Fiberglass is a very interesting option in window frames in that it combines many of the best characteristics from the other window frame choices. In their energy efficiency they are similar to vinyl with the many dead air spaces and far better than the cold conducting metal frames. Their s...
  • Weather Restrictions: Oil & Alkyd Resin Paint

    Connect to your favourite weather forecaster and look for the following conditions:   Category: Finishes     Product: Oil or Alkyd Resin Paint Temperature Limitations: Use above +10 C (+50 F) and below +32 C (+90 F) Rain Limitations: No rain for 24 hours Wind Limitations:  Don't paint in hig...
  • What are the best replacement windows?

    I am often asked "what are the best replacement windows?". There is no simple answer. For a through discussion check out the National Resources Canada publication Energy-Efficient Residential Windows, Doors and Skylights, which can be found with many other energy efficiency publications by search...
  • Header Flashing End Dams for Windows and Doors

    Welcome to the Eakes' Origami Guide to the Building Code -- or "how to actually build new flashing requirements in the building code". Water leaking in around windows and doors represents one of our major construction problems. The building codes seem to be constantly changing in an effort to mi...
  • Attaching a deck to a house

    The old days of stacking structure In the old days, before we had specialized hardware like joist hangers, we would always create beams, or low lying ledger boards and place the joists on top of them with some kind of toe-nail attachment. The arrival of joist hangers When joist hangers came in...
  • Shields for Rain Gutters

    One of the most successful, but most expensive ways to keep leaves out of rain gutters is to place a solid shield over the top.  Using the principle of surface tension of water, the water flows over the shield and wraps around its outside curve.  That curve extends out over the rain gutter itsel...
  • OVERVIEW: Living with Pressure Treated Wood

    This entry has been updated in 2013 and you may want to jump to the last paragraph to see the positive current state of Pressure Treated Wood. Is pressure treated wood safe or not? Is the wood used to build my deck a few years ago now banned? There is a lot of confusion about pressure treated wo...
  • Aluminum to Copper electrical connectors

    THE WIRE WORKS, THE CONNECTIONS ARE THE PROBLEM Aluminum wire does a good job of conducting electricity (although you do have to use one size larger wire than copper for the same electrical load) and can do the same job for less money. So for a short while it was used in houses for regular wirin...