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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?



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:

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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Newly constructed home in upstate New York (Cold Climate) with cathedral ceilings throughout. R38 paper faced batts with Sheetrock and T&G pine cover the entire ceiling. After the long winter months have past the warmer weather causes water to come streaming down the inside of the valleys and down the walls for at least 5-6 hours. A roofing contractor said it was caused by ice damning so I replaced the shingles, s&i guard etc. in both valleys and I had a leak this past Sunday afternoon (no rain or snow). I don't know what to do besides rip down the ceiling and spray foam.

Asked By scott davis | Dec 6 11
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I am building a house and I gave the builder the floor plan of house I wanted. I signed off on the plan, not knowing how to read a blueprint, not realizing the builder changed the entrance to the basement from my kitchen to entrance to the basement from my foyer. Also the arch from the foyer was to be wall-to-wall, it looks like an entrance from the foyer.

Asked By Burma Stewart | Apr 13 12
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I have a severe allergy to anything new (carpet, paint, most flooring, etc.). I currently live on the 2nd floor of a 3 story apartment building. I just found out that the tenant above me will be moving out - so the apartment will be painted and prepared for the next tenant. My concern is that the VOC's from the new paint will pass through the flooring into my apartment. Is this something that occurs rapidly almost effortlessly, or something that is rather slow? I really appreciate your time.

Asked By Trent Pain | Aug 26 12
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