for Cold Climate Housing and much more

Found 189 results for the keyword ‘Environmental’

  • Deck Restoration

    Yes that is a floor sander working on this deck. 36 grit paper to level any board cupping. Finish sanding is done with 60 grit sandpaper, yes 60 grit as the finish sanding. The objective is not to create a polished furniture finish, but to open up the grain of the wood so that it will acce...
  • Special Report: Carbon Monoxide

    88% of all homes have something that poses a Carbon Monoxide threat.What is Carbon Monoxide?Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of flammable fuels. Potential Sources of Carbon Monoxide in your home: - Gas or Oil Furnace - Gas...
  • Special Report: Where to install a CO Detector

    Where to install your Carbon Monoxide detector:Carbon Monoxide mixes relatively evenly with the air, thus your detector does not need to be placed near the ceiling like your smoke detector. It is smart to install a detector near all bedrooms, near the furnace room and near an attached garage (...
  • Cleaning: mould in the bathroom; grout in the foyer

    Frank from Oshawa Ontario has problems with cleaning mould off the grout in the bathroom and dirt off the grout in the foyer.Soaked in dirt and stain in the foyer could be bleached out. If that doesn't work you will have to use a grout knife to remove some and re-grout. Remember to always dig...
  • OVERVIEW: Sound Proofing

    In this TV segment we followed a sound proofing specialist through a home, testing it for problems, and indicating some solutions. Elsewhere in this database you will find more through discussions on soundproofing various parts of your house.The photo shows the use of Z-bars or resilient bars on...
  • Is there a problem moving a chimney outside the house?

    John in Thunder Bay has moved his gas burning fireplace from the centre of the house and he is moving it to the side of the basement and wants to run it up the outside of the house. He was asking if there could be any problem with downdrafting by doing this. The answer is that this is the worst...
  • Odours coming from a basement floor drain.

    Joan from Windsor, Ontario has one of those large square floor drains with a heavy metal grate over it that are so common Ontario eastward. There are under slab pipes that come in and out of this collection box. The concept was designed as a drainage system for an empty storage space called...
  • Household Hazardous Waste

    Just about any chemical can be a hazard if it is in the wrong hands, or gets used wrong. But here we are talking about things we throw away that are still corrosive, explosive, flammable or toxic. These things should not go into the recycling boxes. Store it carefully until your municipality h...
  • Home made non-toxic cleaners

    Here are some home made non-toxic cleaners:Copper Cleaner -- Salt & VinegarSilver Cleaner -- Tooth pasteDrain Openers for Grease -- 1 cup Baking Soda; 1 cup vinegar; 1/2 cup salt 20 minutes later slowly pour boiling water down the drainFurniture Polish -- 1 tlb spoon mineral oil or almond o...
  • Special Report: Mould in your house

    Mould will form anywhere you have moisture for a long period of time at a warm temperature. Some moulds grow and feed on organic materials including drywall paper, wall paper glue and of course wood. Other moulds simply grow on the surface, which means that moulds can grow wherever they can...