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I'm back after having met with the architect and asked about the soffit venting.

Asked By Sean McLoughlin | Nov 7 11
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I finally took care of my second floor kneewalls which had 6 mil. poly on the back as well as open floor joists (2x10) and open ceiling joists (2x6) which communicated with the attic space above the second floor ceiling. All these spaces were insulated with fiberglass.

I used 3/4" foil-faced polyiso on the kneewalls, and in joist and rafter cavities, all taped, caulked and foamed. I will also be plugging the rafter cavities from the upper attic.

Asked By Jeff Warner | Nov 5 11
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I have read several articles about how much and which kind of insulation to use which is just confusing me. I will be building a house near Montgomery,Alabama in appox. 4 years and I know things are changing all the time. Some people say the best insulation is the sprayed which I guess is right because it covers all the holes. Would 2x4 frame house with sprayed foam be enough insulation? Do need rigid foam? I plan on having crawl space with concrete floor. On the blogs there was section by Matt Risinger, what do you think about his ideas on insulation?

Asked By William Wingett | Nov 1 11
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I am looking for specific information about detailing plumbing waste lines for a slab on grade on Cape Ann (north of Boston, Zone 5A). I am concerned about sub-slab insulation, the air barrier, vapor barrier and general coordination of excavation, concrete and plumbing trades. I am familiar with Building Science Corporation's recommendations for polyethylene location and "no fines" in the stone layer.

Thank you,
John Rockwell
Rockport, MA

Asked By John Rockwell | Nov 8 11
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We are building a new home ourselves and are looking for a checklist to help us prepare for the blower door test.

Asked By Frank Willingham | Sep 25 11
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Having looked at a variety of foundation systems, I see problems with all of them. Any stem wall or thickened edge generates insulating or compacting/pouring issues, as far as I can see, especially w/ lots of foam underneath. This one is not perfect, either. Nevertheless, here is an option I thought of that gives you the rigidity of the thickened-edge slab but is easier to insulate... except at the garage door. It also better locks the house to Terra Firma than a SOG, should there be seismic activity, .... I think it does, anyway. This generates a 4" lip to drive or step over.

Asked By John Klingel | Nov 3 11
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I'm insulating an existing basement slab using rigid foam and a dimpled mat.

Asked By Ben Johnson | Nov 5 11
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Greetings. I am in the process of "rescuing through renovation" a 1905 vintage 2-1/2 story house in Omaha (zone 5) that was formerly divided into seven apartments. Being that the house was used for apartments for the last 50 years, it has received minimal maintenance. The weak condition of plaster on the inside of the exterior walls have made the decision to gut the walls of plaster and lath a clear choice. I have new windows on order to replace the existing deteriorated windows.

Asked By Richard Ryker | Nov 5 11
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We have a SIP roof that will be covered with standing seam metal. Because the lumber between SIPs roof panels present thermal bridges, we wanted to add two inches of EPS to break it.

Now the question is how to put the assembly together. We already have High Temp underlayment on the SIPs panels. Can we put the EPS on top and install the metal roofing on top of that?

Or do we need to put EPS, add another layer of plywood (or furring), underlayment and then the metal roof?

Asked By Roger Lin | Nov 1 11

I am not a professional, but designed and installed my own ground-based heat pump system.

Asked By paul willing | Nov 5 11
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