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Hi, my builder proposes the basement end wall (10 ft. high) to be framed and covered with stucco to match the concrete side walls. He says to frame it vs. using concrete may cost a couple of $thousand less. The basement will be uninsulated and unheated.

Problem is what to use for sheathing that doesn't offgas. That excludes OSB and regular plywood. DOW SIS? Marine grade plywood? Advantech? I guess the same goes for the unvented attic sheathing, but maybe not as much of a concern (blown-in FG there). Does anybody have any other suggestions? Thanks much.

Asked By Ed Siff | Nov 10 12
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I have just had a home built that is an energy efficient home. All the light fixtures are designed to take gu24 CFL's. After three days the first CFL blew the second within a week the third just blew and we have not been in the home a month. I had a electrician check the voltage and earth to the CFL ha says there is no problem with the wiring.

Asked By Rev.Alan Perry | Nov 2 12
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a damp spray cellulose installer in the Los Angeles area?

Also, out of curiousity what is the going rate in your neck of the woods for damp spray cellulose (2x6 wall)?

Thanks in advance

Asked By Jack G. | Nov 4 12
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HI, I am not a builder and I am getting confused. Are these ICF products like Quadlock and AMdeck being used instead of a slab or on top of a slab? I don't want a crawl space or a basement and I want to have decorative concrete floors with radiant heating. I thought that if ICF could be used instead of concrete slab as the foundation, i could have great insulation, places for pipes and wiring, and a decorative concrete overlay with the radiant heat in between. Is this just wrong thinking?

Asked By Linda Ingalls | Nov 2 12
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My wife is very sensitive to VOC's. We have an expensive 3 year old oak bedroom dresser and two matching nightstands with a total of 20 drawers that have dovetailed joints and cedar sides and backs. The cedar in the drawers is causing my wife headaches, and we will have to sell the furniture at quite a financial sacrifice unless I can find a low VOC coating of some kind, primer, polyurethane, whatever, to seal the cedar well enough to prevent its natural emissions. Any ideas as to what would work would be very appreciated.

Asked By James Day | Oct 14 12
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Are there closed-cell spray foam products/manufacturers that have low global warming aspects on the market now that folks can recommend?

I just read the article "Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of Insulation" and was wondering if the closed-cell industry has offered up any alternatives.
Thanks,
Daniel

Asked By Daniel Weaver | Sep 21 12
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Its surrounded by frost wall. Wood floor system 2' above. Will 6mil plastic do? How about fastening / sealing to concrete frost wall?

Asked By K Greenblott | Oct 11 12
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Does anyone know of a vent cap manufacturer that makes vent caps without a piece of duct already pre-attached?

I've got a "Heartland" vent cap for the dryer exhaust which works the way I'd like the rest of my caps to work - it installs over an existing piece of duct that protrudes from the wall.

I have looked at a few caps that don't have duct attached but they were all cheap p.o.s...

Asked By Lucas Durand - 7A | Oct 5 12
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Can anyone with experience contracting damp-spray cellulose please tell me what it costs generally? Some project details would also be helpful. I'm researching a story for Fine Homebuilding magazine and it's tough to get pricing for damp-spray.

Asked By Patrick McCombe | Oct 3 12
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Hi there
Is anybody aware of a US or Canadian manufacturer (not an importer) of cross laminated timber panels? We would love to use them on a few apartment buildings...
cheers
Sam

Asked By sam bargetz | Jun 15 12
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