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Mfg. home, block skirt insulation

I am setting a 25x65 mfg home on a full slab foundation in zone 5+, high desert Cascades. I will be putting in a 3 course cement block "skirt" with mechanical ventilation. I am considering installing 2" rigid foam panels 24"x48" attached to the inside of the block skirt. I am looking for heat retention in the winter primarily (-20 on occasion). Will this be worth the effort and expense??

Asked By Robert Holland | Sep 27 15
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Attic insulation

We are in NE oklahoma(zone 3),looking for advise on insulation for the roof,planing on batts in the walls with 3/4-1 inch foam on top of sheathing an hardie siding,the builder thinks we should foam the roof line,the house is 24x42 rectangle with a 12/12 pitch roof,9 ft celling both lower floors with a option of a bonus room in the 3 rd floor,maybe put some mech up there as well,we will have a total electric central heat and air,we are going to use a standing seam roof,what's the best option for us,does the roof need to vent?do we use closed cell?what thickness?etc

Asked By Quinton Bryant | Sep 28 15
5 Answers

Can I place foam insulation over linoleum tile in a basement floor?

I'm attempting to remodel a basement that is conditioned space in climate zone 4A (MD).

Asked By John Sullivan | Sep 25 15
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Whole house fan with conditioned attic?

We're building a house in the Northeast and the owner is insisting on a whole house fan in addition to central AC.
The attic will be a semi-conditioned space with foam insulation in the rafters. This means no outside air exchange.
Is there a way to put in a whole house fan and vent directly outside?
House is about 3000 sq ft.

Asked By Pete Dusenberry | Sep 28 15
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Vintage radiant gas heater

Can a vintage radiant gas heater be installed in place of a where a fake fireplace once was ? There is a vent pipe sill in tact . If so is the existing vent sufficient or should an exhaust fan also be installed?

Asked By Sonya Sandusky | Sep 27 15
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Polyiso along slab edge

There was a picture in the latest Finehomebuilding magazine of a wall profile of a newly built house. I'm going to try and attach it below. It shows polyiso foam along the slab edge of the basement. They used xps under the slab. I thought that because it can absorb moisture, polyiso shouldn't be used anywhere but above grade. From the picture it is positioned right on top of the footing along the slab edge. Is that ok?

Asked By Brian W | Sep 26 15
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Ground gutter/curtain drain techniques

I have a 1920s home in Columbus, OH. As is typical of the neighborhood, it's a small footprint (~800 sf) and more vertically oriented (finished space on 4 floors). The house has an existing gutter system, but the west wall (picture attached) still receives water exposure during heavy rainfall. We have an interior french drain system that functions - water will come through the weep holes during heavy rain, but there has not been water infiltration on other parts of the wall.

Asked By Matt Bierlein | Sep 24 15
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Bathroom ceiling and walls

Working on a project in Quebec. It’s an older home and we are remodeling in steps. We rebuilt one wall of the house, leveled and rebuilt a sub floor in this area. This process required us to tear out the bathroom and two closets on each side of the bathroom. This entire section of the house appears to be an add-on at some point in time and the roofline over this section runs at a slightly lower pitch than the main roof. The ceiling in this area is treated as a cathedral type since the rafters hit the top plate at around 6 feet.

Asked By Rob Henderson | Aug 16 15
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Should i go with chimney vent or powervent water tank for cost savings?

The current chimney vent tank needs replacing, its 8 years old, the anode was never replaced and its rusting internally :(

The current is a natural gas tank, 40gal, chimney vented, its a 6 inch outer diameter, and i have had no back drafting issues of any kind since the furnace was replaced with a high efficiency last year.

Asked By Alan B | Sep 26 15
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