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by Ameds
Mon May 13, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Foundation membrane quesiton
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Foundation membrane quesiton

As a general practice, should the top of my foundation membrane be sealed at the top against the foundation? As you can see from the picture, i have a burried downspout extension nearly at level with the top of the membrane and is a vulnerable spot for water intrusion. What should be done as a preve...
by Ameds
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Cold air return thermodynamics??
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Cold air return thermodynamics??

Hello, I live in Ottawa, Canada, very cold winters. My heat exchanger (HRV) runs all winter long. The cold incoming air duct that leaves the HRV feeds into an initial cold air return supply duct (about 8ft run). The area directly above (hardwood floor) is freezing cold (picture attached). Will an in...
by Ameds
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What's causing frost on the inside garage foundation?
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: What's causing frost on the inside garage foundation?

Shannon, thanks for the reply. I'll try bringing in a fan to help with air circulation and probably consider adding an exhaust vent in the spring.

Would it be advisable to go through the side of the garage (cement brick construction on the outside) or up through the attic?
by Ameds
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What's causing frost on the inside garage foundation?
Replies: 3
Views: 85

What's causing frost on the inside garage foundation?

I have an insulated and drywalled garage. I live in Ottawa, Canada so temperatures get pretty cold during the winter. I've noticed some heavy frost build up on the north facing corner of the foundation. During warm spells, the frosts appears to melt causing some minor puddling. I park in the garage ...
by Ameds
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Repointing cement bricks
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Repointing cement bricks

Hello, I have a "modern" 2010 fully bricked bungalow. I noticed a few areas in the mortar joints have cracked and need to be repointed in the spring. When calling around for estimates, a young lad told me that what I have are new popular cement block/brick siding that is not the traditional clay bas...
by Ameds
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Cold spot on floor (with thermal image)
Replies: 1
Views: 85

Cold spot on floor (with thermal image)

When walking barefoot, I always noticed that there one area on my hardwood flooring that was noticeable cold to the touch. Sure enough, I grabbed the thermal camera the results confirmed my suspicion. The area in question is about 4-5C cold than the rest of the floor. The area in question is right o...
by Ameds
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Water leak caused by blocked weeping hole?!
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Water leak caused by blocked weeping hole?!

I noticed a leak in my garage after a windy rain storm last night. The whole south side of my house is soaking wet from wind driven rain. I noticed that the exterior wall where the leak is located has a caulked weeping hole. Is this the obvious reason for the leak? This is the only weeping hole that...
by Ameds
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Help Understanding Infrared Images
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Help Understanding Infrared Images

Thanks for the replies. I should have specified, my Fiberglass insulation terminates about 1ft from the ground, which could explain some of the color change in the photos. Also, just like the post by "Admin", my FLIR colors are relative to other areas on the screen. It's been raining heavily over th...
by Ameds
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Help Understanding Infrared Images
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Help Understanding Infrared Images

I'm having some trouble understanding 2 images taken by an FLIR camera. It's not the best quality camera but hopefully someone can tell me what I'm looking at. I'm trying to see if there is any water leakage in the basement. The areas shown are in the basement where the floor meets the wall. Some ti...
by Ameds
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Need Advice - Vapour Barrier Behind Shower Backerboard
Replies: 8
Views: 695

Re: Need Advice - Vapour Barrier Behind Shower Backerboard

I've been picking my battles with the builder, winning some and losing others. I don't think I'll be able to get them to replace the DensShield. What I'm not understanding is: won't moisture be able to evaporate through the same path that it came in? Why does putting the DensShield over poly cause a...
by Ameds
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Need Advice - Vapour Barrier Behind Shower Backerboard
Replies: 8
Views: 695

Re: Need Advice - Vapour Barrier Behind Shower Backerboard

Yes, we will be tiling the shower walls. I was also surprised with the recommendation in the installation guide not to place over poly. I called the technical support line and they told me to create a few slits with a utility knife in the poly before applying the DensShield to allow for any moisture...
by Ameds
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Need Advice - Vapour Barrier Behind Shower Backerboard
Replies: 8
Views: 695

Need Advice - Vapour Barrier Behind Shower Backerboard

My home builder is installing DensShield tile backerboard (http://www.buildgp.com/densshield-tilebacker-board) in our main shower stall, directly over the poly vapour barrier. Can anyone let me know if this is the proper way of doing things? I've read a lot of comments about this being a recipe for ...
by Ameds
Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Gaps in Exterior OSB sheathing - concern?
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: Gaps in Exterior OSB sheathing - concern?

Hi Shannon, I appreciate your advice. Thanks! I'm still not completely clear on a few things though. If gaps are recommended, I'm confused why the majority of the boards installed snug and it's only a few spots that have gaps. Almost like they didn't install or cut properly. As for the cracked lumbe...
by Ameds
Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Gaps in Exterior OSB sheathing - concern?
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Gaps in Exterior OSB sheathing - concern?

I am having a home built which is currently being framed. I heard from a friend in the trades that the framers that my builder uses are notoriously bad. So, i don't know if i am being extra picky because he told me that, but i would appreciate some advice. I noticed that the exterior wall OSB boards...
by Ameds
Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Foundation/Framing Question (with pictures)
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Foundation/Framing Question (with pictures)

Hi Spruce

I didn't meet with the builder yet. I wanted wait for the next series of developments. It doesnt look like much has been improved so i will request a meeting and post the results on here afterwards.

Thanks!
by Ameds
Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Foundation/Framing Question (with pictures)
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Foundation/Framing Question (with pictures)

Update:

I am posting a follow up picture following Shannon and Spruce's helpful comments above about the lack of headers on the basement windows.

I have attached a photo of the latest development with the framing. Any feedback on how they proceeded?

Thanks and i appreciate the help.
by Ameds
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Foundation/Framing Question (with pictures)
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Foundation/Framing Question (with pictures)

Thank you to Shannon and Spruce for the detailed information. It's much appreciated. I think I'll gather as much information as I can, and meet with the builder cordially and mention my concerns. I already had a chat with them about some honeycombing I saw on the foundation, so I definitely take Spr...
by Ameds
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Foundation/Framing Question (with pictures)
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Foundation/Framing Question (with pictures)

Hello everyone, My questions pertains to the lack of a sill plate gasket that I've noticed during the construction of my new home. I have attached a couple of pictures as reference. It appears that the building code allows for builders to skip on the sill plate gasket if the area in question is at l...