Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #342 – Heating – Insulate Basement Walls

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 342, Basement Walls' Insulation. If you do not have a finished basement, you should consider investing in a partial basement renovation project to at least place insulation on the full height of all your exterior basement walls. This will help keep the coolness of the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #341 – Heating – Basement Floor Insulation

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 341, Basement Floor Insulation. If you do not have a finished basement, or if you have a tiled basement floor, you should consider placing some type of carpet or rug on the floor. This will help keep the coolness of the unfinished or tiled basement floor in the ground and … [Read more...]

Baseboard Almost In Place

Underpadding On Top Of Concrete Floor

In this continuing series on the repair of our foundation wall crack, which caused a water leak in our finished basement within the recent past,  last time we wrote about the replacement of the carpet grabber strips using construction adhesive. After waiting 24 hours we are now ready to return the pulled back under-padding and carpet into its place on the poured concrete floor and reinstall the baseboard molding. The first step was easy enough, simply lay the pulled back under-padding … [Read more...]

Sanding And Priming Twice The Drywall Repair Insert

Norton WallSand Drywall Screen

Yesterday we say how the Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems started to repair the drywall in our finished basement bedroom following his application of the FlexiSpan foundation wall crack repair system to stop future water leaks. Today, we continue that process. Remember, because the water leak occurred on a finished wall, it was our responsibility to re-finish the repair. So, I used this Norton WallSand Drywall Screen as my sanding tool. I don't like thinks that last. I find … [Read more...]

Closing Opening in Wall With Drywall

Initial Screws Along Drywall Edge Opening

In our continuing series on the repair of the crack in our finished basement foundation, last time we saw the approach and techniques used to repair the opening in the wood frame, apply the new insulation and finally repair the opening which had been made in the vapour barrier. In this article we cover how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems repaired the opening made in the drywall. After measuring the opening in the drywall, Fitz proceeded to cut a piece to approximate the 34 inches high … [Read more...]

Installing The CactusBoard

CactusBoard

Yesterday we saw the usage of the clean space water proof membrane against the FlexiSpan urethane sealant overlay to protect it from the insulating bat which would be placed between it and the drywall patch along the finished basement wall. Today we look at the use of another material component of this foundation wall crack to prevent further water seepage leaks from the outside. Specifically, this material is called a CactusBoard. The purpose of the CactusBoard is to keep air in … [Read more...]

Confirming the House Foundation Wall Water Leak Area

Fitz Arriving

Yesterday I described the approach to be taken by Clarke Basement Systems to fix our finished basement water leak. Today the project starts. Two days before the scheduled date Fiona contacted me to confirm that the time and date were still good for us and to inform me that Fitz would be the professional who would be coming over to our home to undertake the repair. Very nice. Then about 8:15 the morning of the project Fitz called to advise that he was on his way and would be at our home … [Read more...]

Back To Reality – Home Basement Leak

Interior Area Of Basement Water Leak

And what a World Cup it was.  A month or so of outstanding soccer. Various story lines with unplanned events. One of the best reality television events, sporting or otherwise. Well, now that the World Cup is over, back to my reality, complete with its unplanned events. My reality is a water leak in my home's basement. :( I dread house basement water leaks. For one, it will significantly make it harder to sell the house. Think about it; how would you react if when buying a new home you … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 4

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Yesterday, we left off confused about the first recommendation … [Read more...]

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