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What fasteners to use with Cedar Shingles over 1" IKO Enerfoil?

My wall composition will be: 2x6 studs, 1/2" plywood, 1" IKO Enerfoil (R7), perhaps a breathing mesh? and Cedar Shakes/Shingles. I'm wondering what you folks recommend for a fastener (length/type)?

Thanks!

Asked By Evan Macdonald | Mar 5 13
5 Answers

We have a 1st floor cantilevered balcony using 2x 225mm glulam beams, any ideas for water/weather proofing the beams?

The house is being built using 180mm sips with a block/stone and cedar cladding outer. Triple glazing, wood pellet boiler, solar thermal andMVHR. We aim to be as energy efficient as poss.

Asked By Gill Wills | Mar 3 13
4 Answers

About tankless water heaters

I have a hair salon. Will a tankless heater work for me?
Or do you know of it being used for a hair salon?

Asked By Richard Belk | Feb 28 13
5 Answers

Where is the humidity in my apartment going?

I live in a 680 sq ft concrete construction high-rise rental apartment in Redwood City, CA, with electric heat only, and I have a problem with dry air in the (fortunately short) heating season. I have to run my drug store vaporizer nearly 24/7 just to keep humidity over 30%. I go through several gallons of water a day, and my sinuses really don't like it when humidity goes much below 30%. This is crazy. Where is all that moisture going?

Asked By Jacob Weel | Feb 24 13
6 Answers

Packaged terminal heat pumps

I hear lots of talk about ductless minisplits but not much about packaged terminal heat pumps. Why not?

Asked By erik olofsson | Feb 27 13
1 Answer

Air sealing and fire blocking PEX and PVC penetrations

What do I use to meet code-required fire blocking and good weatherizing/air sealing for the circumferential individual tube/pipe and ganged tubes (a cluster of tubes), penetration gaps for PEX-to-wood (and plywood) and PEX-to-PVC pipe, and for PVC-to-wood, and PVC- & PEX-to-drywall?

Asked By Oak Orchard | Feb 26 13
1 Answer

Steam heat questions

I purchased a home in Millinocket Maine and wish to have the most efficient heat possible. Currently there are steam radiators. I have a fan of Rinnai hot tankless hot water heaters and read they make "boilers". Would they work for "steam heat". Being a non-techinical person , I don't know and don't know what questions to ask.
Thanks,
Kate

Asked By Kate Clark | Feb 23 13
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Steam heat questions

I purchased a home in Millinocket Maine and wish to have the most efficient heat possible. Currently there are steam radiators. I have a fan of Rinnai hot tankless hot water heaters and read they make "boilers". Would they work for "steam heat". Being a non-techinical person , I don't know and don't know what questions to ask.
Thanks,
Kate

Asked By Kate Clark | Feb 23 13
7 Answers

What is the most cost-effective way to build a cement wall in a basement and achieve a good R-value?

I have build with ICFs. It is the cost. Wondering what else is out there. Not interested in rammed earth or framing with PT materials for exterior walls

Asked By Dan Easton | Feb 22 13
0 Answers

I am looking for a contractor in the Hartford CT area for a deep energy retrofit. Any suggestions? Thanks.

The proposed DER is on a single family residence in West Hartford.

Asked By Spartan Giordano | Feb 25 13
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