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Hello,
I currently building an addition and plan on putting up a knotty pine tongue and groove (1x6, 3/4" thick) ceiling attached to the bottom of scissors trusses. The trusses are 24" on center. I plan on putting up 5/8" drywall first to get an airtight assembly. The tongue and groove pine is end matched (ends are tongue and groove as well). My question is this, with the drywall up, am I ok not ending each piece of pine on a truss seeing that the ends are also tongue and groove, or am I asking for trouble if the boards aren't nailed on the ends?

Asked By SCOTT KOONS | Jul 23 14
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I've recently relocated to the Clear Lake area in CA and am very interested in upgrading to whole home solar; electricity, radiant flooring and hot water. I'm the only resident, approximately 1400 sq foot ranch style home, one level with wooden foundation with crawl space. Home has really not been updated, except for HVAC system, since construction in the 80s; VERY energy inefficient.

Asked By Cynthia Koehn | Jun 23 14
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Home Depot just substituted our order of 1000 sq ft of db4looring with a product called Floor Muffler and told my sub there is no difference. I looked up the MSDS and find that 100 sq ft roll of db4looring weighs 75 lbs while 100 sq ft of Floor Muffler weighs under 4 lbs. Yes, less than 4 lbs. I did a double take too.

Asked By flitch plate | May 9 14
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We had a new roof installed and it leaked around the chimney, into our attic then seeped down into our hallway. Plaster covers the interior chimney. We have no fireplace, just a gas furnace and water heater. We plan on replacing all of the walls (which are plaster, also), with drywall. We're just not certain about the chimney. The chimney is new also and has no liner. The company the built the new chimney said we didn't need a liner since there is no fireplace. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

Asked By Becky Gaston | Apr 6 14
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I live in a cold climate.

Asked By Lindsey Love | Nov 7 13
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We are looking to build in the Ashville, NC area, 2,100 - 2,200 feet above sea level. Mild winters. The view of this lot is to the south.

Does passive solar make sense in the southern US? Can we have our high window wall face south? We will be looking into the winter sun. We can build the roof overhangs longer from the house to assist.

Looking for opinions, articles or publications that address this. Gets confusing googling everything. Also natural gas is available; could go geothermal but very expensive. What is the next best way to go? Heat pump combined with gas heat?

Asked By Patrick Finnigan | Oct 24 13
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I live in the mountains of Colorado, dry and cold.
I live above a loading dock, so semi trucks can drive in and unload the truck under me, so there is tons of cold air that sits directly below my floor. I cannot insulate the ceiling of the loading dock, or make it warmer.
I have a concrete sub-floor.

What is the warmest insulation layer I can put before I install a floating bamboo floor?

Asked By Renee West | Sep 19 13
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I am looking for some visuals to help design energy efficient lighting for a new home (and persuade others in the project!). Can anyone point me to some good resources for reviewing some options for the various types of lighting and rooms? I would like to see some good photos / video of installed lighting - ideally not focussed on the modern look, but something more traditional. Ideally it would be good to have the model and brands of the fixtures pictured. Are there any online design tools that allow one to play with the lighting options?

Thanks

Patrick

Asked By Patrick Walshe | Dec 31 12
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Here's a link to a fun video about interior design: how to make a very small apartment work well:
http://zeroresource.com/2011/05/13/tour-a-tiny-apartment-in-spain/

Thanks to Anna LaRue, who posted the video on her Web site, ZeroResource!

Asked By Martin Holladay | May 16 11
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I've been trying to educate myself on vapor barriers since they are by far the most complicated topic I've ever come across.

One thing that kept popping up is the notion that vinyl wallpaper is bad (except for very cold climates). It is a vapor barrier and thus keeps the walls from drying to the inside, right?

Suppose I want vinyl wallpaper in a climate zone 4 or lower. Suppose I like the look of it, and I still want air conditioning. What can I do to make sure it doesn't cause damage to the walls?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Asked By J S | Jul 11 13
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