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Laura Rutherford

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Cape Breton, NS
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The house was built with 10" panels that could be opened the length of the south wall of the basement, just above grade. When the builder left, his ex-wife had them all screwed shut, but there's still a fair bit of ventilation, especially in winter, which the spray-on insulation would seal up. Then I could decide the optimal places/sizes for effective ventilation in the summer, when it's needed. The idea of a drafty basement with no insulation in the ceiling in the winter when winds often hit 100km/hour and the temperature dips to -20 or more... makes me cold just thinking about it.
5 months ago
Hi All,
The fibreglass insulation from the basement ceiling has been removed - high humidity had led to some mold issues, plus there had been significant rodent activity in it before I moved in. The so-called "full" basement is maybe 5' high in between the beams, has poured concrete walls and a dirt/rock floor. I'm in Cape Breton, where humidity is always high, temperatures are generally moderate, but we've been seeing significant swings and dips above and below the purview of our zone. Even with the previous insulation, the ground level floors where extremely cold in winter.
I've done some checking around locally and it seems the recommended "eco" solution is a spray-on poly-something-or-other which supposedly cures to a no off-gas state in 24hrs, but one is encouraged to leave the house during that period. Even if I didn't have fairly acute environmental sensitivities, I'd be wary of this. Seems a shame to be spraying plastic all over a house that's largely made of wood and glass.
I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for alternatives in this situation. And yes, I realize that the old insulation would've been better than none, but it's out now and that's a whole other story. Soon the snow come...
AtDhVaAnNkCsE for any help!
Laura
5 months ago
Thanks for the responses All!

It didn't produce too much, though more than I was expecting - about 8 cups in almost 10 metres of chimney. It was used from the end of September till the end of April pretty much non-stop and this was the only cleaning in that time. I don't have anything to compare to, but that doesn't seem too bad, especially since the previous owner wasn't exactly a fire wizard.

I'd love to build a RMH, Glenn, and not have to spend another day doing that job! I have the perfect space for one, I think, but am not sure what the insurance company will say about it... Once the financial shock of moving here has worn off a bit, I'll look into it. I'm also considering a wood cookstove in place of the one that's here. Which is not that old, btw - you can't get insurance here with old-timey stoves. Or mortgages... Be nice to dispense with both of those things, but that's not how it worked out.

Right, time to stack some more wood!
3 years ago
It was 0°C here last night so it's time to fire up the old woodstove. I'm about to clean it, my first chimney-cleaning experience, and I wondered if there were uses for what comes out.

AtDhVaAnNkCsE!

3 years ago
Thanks Kyle and Anne!

I love the Annapolis Royal market too - we looked in that neck of the woods for the first year and tried to get a place up by Keji, but it didn't work out. We just spent the past month in Cape Breton, mostly in the Baddeck area and have fallen in love with it. The countryside is stunning and we've met so many lovely people! There's lots going on there too, but differently somehow, to the vibe on the lower mainland. It's farther north than I'd hoped to be, but that may turn out to be a good thing down the road, who knows? And I can always find me some microclimates!

I just gave a cursory glance on Viewpoint to the area you mentioned, Anne, and didn't see anything like what I'm after in my price range. So often you've got to be there on the ground to find those gems. If you still have any of the extras you mentioned once I've got my place, I'd sure be interested, especially in the black locust. Maybe I'll drop you a line in the meantime...
4 years ago
Thanks Dan - that was my first impression of the Dean area; very quiet. I'm partial to quiet myself, but not sure that my daughter's quite the hermit I am. Heck, even I'm not always quite the hermit I am! Also, there's the small matter of wanting/needing to sell food to people...

Thanks again for the tips - we'll be down again in a couple of weeks to continue the search. Hope something comes of it - I'm ready to start observing and interacting with more than my computer screen!

4 years ago
Greetings! I'm currently outside of Toronto, but have been looking for the last couple of years for a place to call home in NS. I came down twice last year with my young daughter where we focused mostly on the valley and south mountain, where I was really hoping to find something this year. When we came back in the spring, we hit the south shore and a couple of other places on the way to Cape Breton. The trouble with NS is that one is spoiled for choice!
The top 3 contenders (so far) are located in Williamsdale, Dean and Middle River. Does anybody here have experience in any of those areas? I've already checked out all the obvious stuff like distances to libraries, stores, gas, airports, etc but I'm more interested in things like, how vibrant and welcoming is the community? Is there a thriving market? Cultural events? What's it like to live there? Figures the properties with the best potential fit are all in places I haven't really had a chance to explore.
I plan on coming down again in June, hopefully to finally find the place - any input pro or con about the aforementioned areas greatly appreciated - thanks!
Oh, I just tripped over a few old articles on prospective drilling by Petroworth at Lake Ainslie - does anyone know if that went ahead?
Cheers,
Laura
4 years ago