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  • Is it normal to find no insulation in a century home?

    Gaye has discovered that there is no insulation in the walls of his century old home. Is this normal?Actually it is rare to have no insulation at all even in these old houses, although what insulation they do have may appear a bit strange.Often in central Canada you will find sawdust in the atti...
  • LOOSE FILL POURED: VERMICULITE

    For the health controversy on Zonolite, click here. Vermiculite produced after 1990 has no asbestos in it.  Because of the bad reputation it got with Zonolite it is not generally sold as insulation, although it is an excellent insulation with good fire resistance and easy pourability.  You can fi...
  • WHICH CAULKING SHOULD I USE?

    -- Oil base, resin base and polyvinyl acetate caulking do not hold up. There are far too many better caulkings available to waste time and money with these old formulations.-- Latex based caulking is inexpensive, can be painted and has medium durability. It is acceptable for baseboards and caul...
  • Self Levelling Concrete

    Kim from Victoria, B.C. pulled up a carpet and discovered that the concrete floor slab was not level with the door sill. What to do? Use Self Levelling concrete.This is an easy to find but very special type of concrete that will say 'Self-Levelling' right on the bag. It is designed to flow lik...
  • The making of a threshold -- DIY & Pro compared.

    Stephanie had her kitchen re-done but the floor got even higher than before and there was the need for a massive threshold between the hardwood floors and the kitchen tile, a good 1-1/2in high and about 3 inches wide.When faced with a $300 bid for two thresholds, she decided to do it herself. So...
  • 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...
  • PolyStyl -- Thick, glueless, DIY vinyl floors.

    I went into a flooring store in Quebec recently to buy some vinyl flooring for my own home and stumbled across a display of patterns and colours that blew me away. Then I took a closer look and realized that this was like no vinyl flooring I had ever seen before. This stuff was quite thick and is...
  • Can I install hardwood floors on an OSB subfloor.

    Ricky from Brampton, Ontario asks: "Is it better to put a pre-finished hardwood floor on OSB or on plywood? My sub-floor is OSB and they say I would have to lay 1/8" plywood on top of it. Would nailing or stapling determine the type of sub-floor?"First of all Ricky, let's look at the photo abov...
  • Flooring transitions from room to room for wheelchairs

    Beth has a kid in a wheel chair and wants to know how to lay down a floating floor across two rooms without a bump in the doorway.Good question Beth, because floating floors are designed to shift a bit with expansion and contraction. The first photo above shows the official transition piece that...
  • Can I install a floating floor in a basement bathroom?

    No flooring company recommends any kind of wooden floor in a bathroom, and even fewer (fewer than no?) who would recommend it in a basement bathroom where you might not only have water constantly spilling from the top but maybe moisture coming up from the floor.You want to do it anyway? OK, here...