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Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-02-14, 03:00 PM
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Good plan. I dont see the furnace and water...

Good plan. I dont see the furnace and water heater though.

I went through the earlier pictures again. You may wish to consider installing a larger electrical panel. Yours looks full and its always...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-02-13, 01:53 PM
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Views: 877
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http://www.buildinghomes.ca/community/forums/showt...

http://www.buildinghomes.ca/community/forums/showthread.php?t=22649
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-02-13, 01:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 877
Posted By good2know
Best to check these distances with local building...

Best to check these distances with local building staff. Could be different up here (near Ottawa).

What one person needed to do was paint the studs with vapour barrier paint to seaql them.

Also...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-02-04, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Posted By good2know
You can hang this above the CAR but you cant...

You can hang this above the CAR but you cant block the airflow.
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-01-29, 05:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 877
Posted By good2know
I just became aware of this: ...

I just became aware of this:
...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2019-01-28, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 637
Posted By good2know
Suggest you contact city building inspector...

Suggest you contact city building inspector department. They should be inspecting the hvac and this is a major oversite.
Forum: Tarion Questions 2019-01-23, 06:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 637
Posted By good2know
Good news and some progress. Here's info on...

Good news and some progress.

Here's info on winter caulking if you need it:

https://www.eikenhout.com/how-to-caulk-windows-for-winter

IMO a good inspector would have caught this.

Edit to...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2019-01-23, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 637
Posted By good2know
Thanks for the kind words. Ive never used a...

Thanks for the kind words.

Ive never used a thermal camera so Im not sure how well they work in warm weather say 18 to 20 degrees. There may not be enough temperature differential to show up.
...
Forum: Tarion Questions 2019-01-22, 03:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 637
Posted By good2know
A few responses: A window with a defective...

A few responses:

A window with a defective seal will fog inside in all seasons. Any inspections is as of the day of the inspection. Cant predict that it will fail next week.

The scope of most...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-01-22, 03:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 877
Posted By good2know
You are nearing a critical decision point -...

You are nearing a critical decision point - whether to take it all down or not.

Your best bet (in terms of quality of finished product) would be to pull the fiberglass. Move the walls in so there...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-01-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 877
Posted By good2know
This is a good approach.

This is a good approach.
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-01-21, 06:08 PM
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Views: 877
Posted By good2know
Its a good day to check out the rim joist area...

Its a good day to check out the rim joist area for air leaks. The cold temps make it very easy.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,814
Posted By good2know
Well the good news is the ice is on the inside. ...

Well the good news is the ice is on the inside.

May I suggest - tonight pull out the insulation in that spot and see if there is frost behind the insulation.

Installing and sealing vapor...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By good2know
Yes its common - the bottom of the window is the...

Yes its common - the bottom of the window is the coldest (because of the window sill) so moisture in the air condenses there.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,814
Posted By good2know
Having a visualization problem...could you post a...

Having a visualization problem...could you post a couple of pics of the problem area(s)?

Im speculating that you have significant air leakage along the rim joist area.

Ice in the wall is bad...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-01-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 877
Posted By good2know
Its very important that there is a moisture...

Its very important that there is a moisture barrier between the insulation and the concrete. This is in addition to the vapor barrier on the warm side.

It is probably black tar paper.
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-01-18, 06:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 877
Posted By good2know
In Windsor area thats probably enough if its well...

In Windsor area thats probably enough if its well air sealed. And there is a moisture barrier on the concrete side.

For sure you will want to pull the insulation in the headers areas and seal all...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-01-18, 05:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 877
Posted By good2know
What is the framing thickness and r-value of...

What is the framing thickness and r-value of whats there?

Is there a moisture barrier behind the insulation?

Actually a gap behind the insulation is bad. It allows air flow which you dont want.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-18, 03:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By good2know
Plumbing Protection in Cold Weather Ottawa

Many live in houses that have never seen -40 to -50 temperatures.

People way wish to:

Leave cabinet doors open on cabinets wit plumbing in it if its on an outside wall.

Leave at least one...
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2019-01-16, 02:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 877
Posted By good2know
Recommend you check the bottom of the walls very...

Recommend you check the bottom of the walls very carefully. It doesn't take much for the water to wick up into the insulation. If its wet in there it needs to come out.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2019-01-11, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By good2know
Hang on a sec - if you are still inside the 24...

Hang on a sec - if you are still inside the 24 month portion of tarion warranty you may have a case with the builder.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2019-01-11, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By good2know
Hi BB I have about 8 inches of cellulose over 11...

Hi BB I have about 8 inches of cellulose over 11 inches of fiberglass. Absolutely no issues. This was inspected and endorsed as part of save energy program many years back.

Cellulose is much...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2019-01-10, 06:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 380
Posted By good2know
The other thing that is outside any rental...

The other thing that is outside any rental contract is the white pipes. They are part of the house.

Another issue is a water heater replacement in an older property. If there is no mixing valve...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2019-01-10, 05:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 380
Posted By good2know
Only you can decide on your comfort level to diy...

Only you can decide on your comfort level to diy this.

That said, in this case it really is just three nuts. A large crescent wrench will be all you need. $10 maybe? Actually you will want 2...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2019-01-10, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 380
Posted By good2know
Here's a checklist I run through whenever there...

Here's a checklist I run through whenever there is a water temperature issue:

1. Ensure power to water heater. Check breaker on panel. If heater has a plug in (for the powervent) ensure it hasn't...
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