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Stranded Bamboo Flooring, Is it a good choice?

We are building a home in Alabama on the coast. We have a crawlspace sealed foundation that is dehumified. We are looking at purchasing 5/8 - 1/2 Stranded, Carbonized, bamboo flooring. We are getting mixed reviews on whether this is a good choice. We've heard the following:

Pro - it's solid engineered so it can be sanded and refinished. The color is the same all the way through. Compared to engeered wood which can only be sanded and refinished once.

Pro - Harder than most woods, and compares to engineered wood in that it's harder to scratch.

Asked By Mary Smart | Nov 20 14
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Rheem's condensing water heaters (storage)

Hi,

My 14-year-old electric water heater is starting to look a little long in the tooth. Time to upgrade.

So, I'm looking for intel on Rheem's Professional Prestige Series: High Efficiency Condensing Power Direct Vent (RHE50) or its sister sold by Home Depot - Rheem EcoSense High Efficiency Power Direct Vent (ECORHE50).

I can't find any online reviews of either product (save one favorable review on HD's site).

For several reasons, I'm looking at a high efficiency storage water heater instead of tankless.

Asked By Michael Brahmey | Oct 11 14
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Has anyone found a window that meets passive house standards and also carries an ASTM impact rating for the 110 mph zone?

So far the only thing I find that's close is from Dynamic.

Asked By Carole Hunter | Nov 20 14
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Dense pack cellulose rig rental in Philadelphia area

I've decided to make a DIY attempt at installing dense-pack cellulose to a fairly small section of the thermal envelope in my home (which happens to live under a floor, well above grade). I'm looking for the highest-power cellulose blower I can rent, preferably an Intec Force 2 or better, plus a kit for reducing tube diameter to the appropriate level and providing whatever stiffness/bendiness is needed for the circumstance. Anybody know where I can rent such equipment in the Philadelphia area, preferably less than 1 hour drive?

Asked By Andrew Levitt | Nov 19 14
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Is there any low- or no-VOC, mold-resistant sheetrock and wall plaster on the market (for basement reconstruction)?

It is my understanding that sheetrock and wall plaster are typically high-VOC items, especially mold-resistant sheetrock.

Also, are carpet tiles a good low- or no-VOC flooring option?

Asked By Nathaniel Strosberg | Nov 18 14
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What are the potential problems in an open-cell foam sealed attic when voids and inconsistencies exist?

Along with the open-cell insulation, a radiant barrier roof sheathing was utilized. In most cases, half of the roof framing member (12" TGI truss & 2" X 10" out-looker) surfaces are not encapsulated. There are potential areas where exterior wood framed attic walls are not insulated or sealed off from the attic space. The foam insulation was applied after A/C duct and Can lighting fixtures were in place between the framing members. Most ceilings are cathedral with a tongue & groove wood finish.

Asked By Michael King | Nov 11 14
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What is the greenest and best material to use for indoor plumbing?

I read that PEX and copper are not the best. Then if PVC is used to bring city water to my home, does that contribute to any chemical leakage? Should I make my plumbing out of natural materials?

What is the best and for how long will it last?

Asked By J FARNOCCHIA | Nov 1 14
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REMOTE-like with felt/asphalt paper?

Could you do well with a REMOTE wall assembly in which, instead of the Hi-tech membranes, you just use Felt Paper? In Chile I don't have access to Grace products or Tyvek Drainwrap. The only other options I have are Tyvek Housewrap, Typar, or Tyvek Soft.

Thanks.

Asked By Jose Castro | Nov 14 14
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The differences between mass and insulation

The "I installed more attic insulation and now my AC runs more" thread got me thinking about the mass effect a bit.

Asked By Nathaniel G | Sep 14 14
3 Answers

What's up with ComfortTherm plastic-enclosed batting?

My contractor came home today with some fiberglass batting wrapped up in plastic that says "vapor retarder" on it. It's this stuff in the vapor retarding form: http://www.rockweilerinsulation.com/documents/JM_ComfortTherm_Batt_Spec_...

Asked By Andrew Levitt | Nov 11 14
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