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What to do with torrents off the roof?

Zone 4A, East TN, annual rainfall >50" and downpours can be significant. Upslope lot.

Downspouts will tie into 4" pipe to daylight, but then what? Seems responsible to NOT discharge it down the driveway. But if I discharge it onto the slope it would soon create a local grand canyon.

There will be a 3' garden wall to provide a level grade in front of the house. The 4"gutter drains will exit through that wall in two or three places.

Any tried and true remedies?

Asked By David McNeely | Jan 16 17
58 Answers

Mitsubishi minisplit 8-head system is not keeping up

Back in mid-November 2016, we had a Mitsubishi Hyper Heat MINI Split installed in our house after opening up the first floor of our home and installing some beams to make it more open. We lost duct work feeding the second floor, and had to come up with a solution. We decided on a Mitsubishi ductless system, since I had a smaller version installed in our detached garage and was very happy with it. My uncle did the garage, while I went with one of the Mitsubishi Diamond Dealers to handle our house. After 3 quotes, we decided on a company and proceeded.

Asked By Andrew Simpson | Jan 6 17
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Intus Eforte mounting brackets

Question for anyone with experience installing Intus Eforte windows: The brackets I received with my Intus windows seem too wide. There should be a pic attached showing a bracket sitting in front of the track it is supposed to twist into. Online images depict a different type of bracket. All mounting instructions depict brackets with teeth that are only slightly wider than the mounting track. Did I get a batch that belongs with a different window type or something?

Thanks for any help.

Asked By Jim Tyler | Jan 7 17
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Vapor barrier inside double stud wall — is this OK?

I’m building an energy efficient house this spring 25 miles Northwest of Minneapolis in the upper portion of zone 6. My wall design plan since the ’80s has been a double 2x4 stud with the vapor/air barrier in the gap between the two walls. This is similar to Joe Lstiburek's Ideal Double-Stud Wall Design with 2 taped layers of 1.5” Foil Faced Polyisocyanurate foam board replacing the ½” OSB in Joe’s design. I believe this design would keep the inside polyiso vapor barrier well above dew point under the most demanding winter conditions.

Asked By Jim Sweazey | Jan 8 17
15 Answers

Is it poor ventilation or heat getting into attic causing mold in attic?


Asked By annette finkelstine | Jan 1 17
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Insulating a block building from the inside

I have read all i could find on insulating a block building. It seems the best method would be to add foam to the outside. Unfortunately this is not in the budget for this project. The only mention of interior insulation seemed to be adding spray foam. The main building for this project is a two story from the 1930s with two later single story additions. Currently the inside has been completely gutted, while we hope to keep the outside intact.

Asked By noah woodruff | Dec 29 16
5 Answers

Soil gas pipe capped in basement?

The is a soil gas pipe capped about a couple of feet from the ground in my basement. I'm looking at finishing my basement and am wondering if this needs to be vented to the outside or if I can go ahead and drywall over it. Why did the builders cap it?

Asked By Thai Mac | Dec 24 16
2 Answers

Balanced ventilation year round when windows are closed?

I want balanced fresh air exchange to improve indoor air quality and reduce humidity in the winter. And also to improve indoor air quality and reduce humidity in the summer. It seems like hrv/erv are designed for only cold or only hot humid climates not a mix of the two.

Asked By Miles Adams | Dec 17 16
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Sanity check on very preliminary rough estimates of heating energy usage

Hi to the Forum. A few months back we bought a home in zone 5 (Northern Nevada at 5000') that was solely heated with electricity. We intend to install hydronic heating throughout and want to do it right. I was going to do a BEopt calculation but the computer I downloaded that software to was damaged and is currently out for repairs and bringing my heating upgrade project to a standstill.

Asked By Roger Smith | Dec 14 16
2 Answers

Incorrect plumbing joint fix for basement bathroom install

5 years ago we had our main sewer line replaced with PVC line which 90s into our main 4" stack. City and plumber failed to put in a 90 y / floor drain and we we're told we would be fine with basement bathroom install. More recently, the driveway has been redone. Present day, 2 plumbers have told us that due to proximity of the joint to the wall, they cannot guarantee cracking will not happen on the short run of 4" that goes out the straight out from the 90. There is an 8" fail-safe as the pipe is under the foundation.

Asked By Mike Tew | Dec 10 16
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