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Best time to stop construction for winter..?

It looks like our builder has overbooked himself and will very likely not be able to put the house under the roof+finish exterior before winter. We understand that one could continue to work in winter, through all stages of construction if additional measures like heating tents are used when applying exterior EIFS stucco. So the problem here has to do with management of resources and time rather than the physical limitations. Nevertheless, we face these choices:
1) don't start until next spring (bank funding would be lost and we'd have to re-apply)

Asked By Lucyna de Barbaro | Sep 20 14
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reading new to old

Choice Martin in Q&A but then in blogs posts are not able to be new to old.

Easy fix to be done some day.

Thanks neighbor
Aj

Asked By aj builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | Sep 20 14
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Sheathing at the ridge vent

I have a 12 pitch roof with 24 OC tji rafters and 5/8 deck membrane I have a 1.5 inch air channel between the rafters that vents along a continuous ridge vent. The sheathing sets back from the ridge 2". How do I attach the sheathing membrane at the ridge set back (other than the 24 OC rafters) without impeding the air flow? Is there a metal, inverted 'U' shaped bracket that I can screw the deck to? Left unattached, compromises my shear value and will eventually sag.

Asked By Ron Walashek | Sep 19 14
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Liability insurance - what would that cover?

1. Does liability insurance cover issues related to removing improperly installed open-cell foam in an attic on the underside of a roof (i.e. all those horror stories about roof rot, or open-cell continually off-gassing or smelling weeks after it was installed, etc..)? Or is that a different type of insurance?

2. Should I specifically ask for the details in the Liability insurance to find out specifically what it covers, is that something contractors should be willing to share?

Asked By George G | Sep 12 14
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Where did vestibules go?

With all the emphasis on energy efficient building enclosures and air sealing, what happened to the vestibule? A fair amount of thought goes into the energy penalty small leaks represent to a well sealed house, but surely opening the main entry represents a significant air change, especially if it is windy or you are talking to someone who has knocked on your door.

Asked By Malcolm Taylor | Sep 18 14
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Conditioning and venting a small cellar - Western NY

Gentlement, what do you advise?

Option 1 - Supply and return of conditioned air approach: Seal the cellar and exchange conditioned air a supply and return approach using 2 or more floor vents/registers between cellar and the main house envelope. Possibly use humidity controlled booster fan in a vent.

Option 2 – Supply only, positive pressure approach: Use one vent pathway only, for pushing conditioned air into the cellar (no exchange with the house). Humidity controlled in-line vent fan.

Asked By flitch plate | Sep 17 14
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Tudor half-timber battens and exterior stucco — rainscreen assembly

Hi, I am having a house built in a Tudor style.
What are the effects of Tudor half-timbered battens on a stucco's rainscreen layer?

The lower half of the house will have a stone exterior.
The upper half will have a stucco exterior.

I have read the article “To Install Stucco Right, Include an Air Gap” and understand the importance of having a ventilated rainscreen gap in the stucco assembly.

Asked By Ani Brown | Sep 17 14
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I'm wondering if you can insulate the attic roof rafters

Thanks everyone for your insight. I think the thing I've learned is that if your not going to finish the attic area and the walls to the finished room are insulated you don't have to insulate the roof joist, but you do need to insulate in between the floor joist and the finished walls.

In our doormer, There are two small doors going into the attic area from a finished dormer area, and the walls that are finished have batting. The floor joist in the attic have old blown fiber glass that has settled, so we need to fluff it up or add to it.. Thanks so much everyone.

Asked By kristin burton | Sep 12 14
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Options for air sealing T&G ceiling with no air barrier installed

Hello all,
I apologize if this question appears a repetitive one, as I have read through a good bit of the Q&As here, but still cannot determine my best course of action.

Asked By Rob Leonard | Sep 14 14
4 Answers

Sill slope? Sealant tape?

How much slope is recommended for window sills? The house isn't in an coastal or otherwise very exposed location, but isn't in an arid or especially sheltered place either.

I'm planning on using beveled siding, placed on a flat plywood window buck, to help move water away from the opening; the exterior face of the window frame will be set about 4 - 5" back from the outside of the exterior sheathing. I'm trying to figure out how much extra room (vertically) to include in the rough opening.

Asked By Graham Fisher | Sep 16 14
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