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Ventilation

I am rehabilitating a 1950's shop/garage building. It has a gable roof and has a 1 foot overhang on the gable ends. The overhang was constructed with 2x4's that were toe nailed to the gable wall. On the underside of the 2x4's, a thin (1/4 inch) plywood application was mounted. I am removing all of the existing exterior wood, facia and rake boards, siding, etc, and installing new materials. My question is, do I need to be concerned about ventilating this 1 foot overhang and, if so, what is the best way to accomplish that? Thanks.

Asked By Peter Liberatore | May 2 16
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Why are these wires putting burn marks on paper-backed batts?

I've seen two houses in the past couple of weeks where wiring is leaving burn marks on paper-backed batts (see pics). I found these because I was snooping around looking for air leaks. I've always been told that insulating around wiring is fine if it's modern Romex type wiring, and that knob and tube is the only thing to watch out for. So finding these two examples is pretty terrifying.

Asked By Peter Rogers | Mar 15 15
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Another cathedral ceiling and insulation

Greetings, I have a home in climate zone 4c that desperately needs some insulation, last summer I was seeing 90+ interior temps. And burn 4 plus cord a year to stay warm.

Built in 1954, the whole house is vaulted ceilings. All 2x8 cavities, 16" oc. There is continuous soffit venting and no ridge vent. About 2" batt insulation.

I plan to reroof to achieve the r value I want. My plan was roxul mineral wool r30 batts in the bay's, resheet roof with zip sheeting, followed by 3" polyiso.

Asked By Scott Brzoska | Apr 29 16
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Hot water heating

Need some advice on my domestic hot water plan...
very long and narrow ranch house... well water. good pressure..

Master side of the house has Master bath. (with soaker tub), 3 other full baths and a half bath.... all fairly close to each other...

kithcen side is very far away.. (75-100 feet away) ... has a full bath , half bath, and kitchen sink...and a washing machine.

On Master side i am planning on a large heat pump water heater( i have a good utility room for it) attached to a manifold with 1/2 lines to showers, 3/8 lines to sinks and toilet.

Asked By Dean Sandbo | Apr 13 16
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Green Building Advisor Q&A

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Asked By KEVIN ZORSKI | Apr 29 16
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Finishing a damp basement

I have a client that lives in an early 1900's home here in Minneapolis. Her current foundation is stone not block and is quite rough on both sides. She wants to finish the inside of the basement and add framed walls and drywall. She gets a minor amount of dampness on the wall and it is virtually impossible to waterproof this wall since it is such a rough stone. She does not get standing water but just dampness on the wall a times.

Asked By Chris McGuire | Apr 29 16
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Latex paint on fieldstone foundation

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Asked By Lucas Bender | Apr 29 16
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Insulating exterior wall where it meets partition wall

NH here.

I was planning on using rigid foam insulation in a stud bay where a partition wall for a shower begins.

The rest of the bays use un-faced fiberglass batts and a plastic sheeting as a vapor barrier.

The exterior wall is OSB.

I want to go with the rigid foam because I feel it will be easier to piece around the framing I am adding in the bay to support the partition wall - going above and beyond to make sure there is no movement (in aspects I can control) given that the wall will be tiled.

Asked By Sam Smith | Apr 9 16
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Does PVC really offgas sufficiently to be a concern for ventilation returns?

Just wondering...does PVC pipe really off gas sufficiently to be a concern in the supply air returns of HRV/ERVs?

Asked By Eric Mikkelsen | Apr 28 16
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Best adhesive for Visqueen lapped to concrete block?

Looking for an adhesive to stick my 6 mil visqueen vapor barrier to the concrete block stem wall. I want to lap the visqueen up about 6 inches. I have tried duct mastic which sticks well to the block but readily peels from the visqueen. Something other than Tremco?

Asked By Robert Holland | Apr 28 16
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