Quick Column Summary: Installing rigid foam on house House wrap on top of foam Link to house wrap information Shane lives in Burien, WA. He's wondering about putting rigid foam on his house. He's also not sure about house wrap. "Can I put rigid foam on the exterior of my house and does the house […]
Quick Column Summary: Musty room is an embarrassment Vapor barrier will help Control the water to dry out the space Run a dehumidifier Missy Merritt, who lives in Ocean View, NJ, has a problem in her pool house. " I have a pool house that was build without a foundation. You have to step down to […]
Quick Column Summary: Add wall insulation to balloon framing Based on where you live...no You need that opening to allow water vapor an escape Ruth Hendrickson, who lives in Lincoln, MA wrote to me with a very fascinating question: "My wood frame house built in 1927 has wood shingles outside and plaster over rock lath […]
Janice Rozier, who lives in Folkston, GA, sent me a fascinating email: "I'm having an addition built onto my existing brick home. The question I have is about the house wrap vs vapor barrier. The addition is framed wood structure with cement siding, (already installed), cathedral ceiling, and concrete floor. Do I need the vapor […]
Tar paper has been time-tested as a weather barrier. Normally used on roofs, tar paper makes a great barrier for the exterior walls of your housing, building or shed. Tar paper keeps the wood beneath it dry.
Tim Carter shows how to use Dow closed cell foam insulation board to insulate the floor of an outdoor shed. Discover the additional benefits of the foam board in this video. Also watch for the ingenious tabs used to hold the insulation in place.
Wine room humidity and temperatures must be maintained for wine to age correctly. It is important to have a vapor barrier to trap the water vapor in the wine room so it does not migrate to other parts of the house. This is especially true if one or more walls of the storage room are exterior walls of the house.
Crawl space ventilation became essential to avoid moisture damage in modern, energy efficient homes. Crawl space vents may now be eliminated with newer high performance vapor barriers. Convert your crawl space to an unventilated one with a quality vapor barrier, and minimize dampness, temperature swings, and gain storage space.