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  • Thermal Bridging

    Wood is not as good an insulation material as is any of the products we call thermal insulation: fiberglass, Styrofoam etc. Yet up to 24% of our walls are wood all the way through. Metal framing is even less resistant to heat loss than is wood. Typically the insulation is placed in-between the...
  • How to insulate around a steel beam in a Garage

    Russ in Bomanville Ontario sent us in a video which showed a steel beam right across the center of his garage ceiling. The beam supports the brick on the bedroom wall above. He wants to insulate the ceiling to make a workshop, but leave the beam exposed so he can use it to lift heavy things...
  • Old and New Insulations & R-Values

    Seaweed in the Maritimes and Sawdust in the rest of Canada were common insulation materials in the old days. If they are still light and fluffy, they are still insulating your home, although not the best of insulating materials. That is why we often just add new insulation right over the to...
  • Installing a linen closet against an outside wall

    Peter from Toronto wanted to know about installing a linen closet against an outside wall. The major concern expressed by Jon was the moisture issue, as the closet is in a bathroom.The bathroom must have an exhaust fan to reduce the moisture accumulation.The outside wall of the closet should ha...
  • Will more attic insulation cause problems in my attic?

    Ken in cold Saskatoon is worried that adding insulation to his attic will cause problems. The key is to insure that he has good ventilation coming in through the soffits and going out higher up on the roof.In this segment we showed how to go into the attic to see if daylight was visible around t...
  • Insulating the roof above an attic knee wall

    Scott from Elmwood Ontario wanted to know how to get insulation into the small space between the drywall and the roof in a renovated attic -- that slanted part of the ceiling above the knee wall -- and still leave space for ventilation.My trick is to put little or no insulation between the roof m...
  • Condensation at wall to ceiling joint

    Mould at the wall to ceiling joint, particularly in a cool bedroom or a closet, may not indicate water leakage at all from above. It can be a very cold part of the wall simply collecting moisture from the air in the house. This kind of condensation can easily feed mould growth.One solution is t...
  • Warming up a cold wall

    Rob in London Ontario has one wall that is cold in the baby's room and he just wants to warm it up a bit. The easiest way to make a significant difference without major renovations is to put about 1 to 1-1/2 inch of Styrofoam right over the painted wall and cover that with more drywall. That ma...
  • How to insulate a cold room

    Mary from Kingston, Ontario writes:I would like to build a small cold room but the space that can be allotted to this is only approximately 42 in. wide by 48 in. deep. Is this feasible? One of the walls will be an outside, north-facing cement block wall, the others will abut on the interior....
  • HOW CAN I VENTILATE INSULATED SUSPENDED CEILINGS?

    A common problem is found in B.C. when people pile lots of insulation into suspended ceilings below cold attics. Ventilating the space above the insulation to the outside can only be recommended if you have successfully made the suspended ceiling air-tight at the ceiling level. If anyone ha...