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We are rebuilding a dormer on a historical house in New Orleans. There are slates going up the side of the dormer to the roof.

Typically, there is a trim board [1"x 8"] from the front of the dormer returning to the roof.One carpenter says the return trim should go over the slates. I maintain that the slates should butt up to the return trim. Who's right?

In General questions | Asked By roger steinbrink | Mar 5 12
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I'm in the process of finishing a basement rumpus room for the kids and would like to put 1/4” rubber flooring over the basement concrete floor.
- is there moisture test I need to perform before covering the concrete and potential limitations on floor coverings?
- Are there flooring products/procedures that work best in the basement?
During home construction, a curtain drain was installed up slope, burrito footing drain tile installed properly, and gutter downspouts tight lined away from the house. currently, there are no signs of excess moisture in the basement and no dank smell.

In Green products and materials | Asked By Frank O | Feb 16 12
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I just head a long conversation with the Tech Advisors at Huber, the maker of the Zip Panel Systems. They’ve come out with a the Zip System R Sheathing which incorporates the Zip panel with 1/2” (R3.6) or 1” (R6.6) Polyiso installed between the OSB and the stud in one application (see pic#1); available only in TX and PA, but it’ll be soon everywhere else later. It’s a great application and solution for thermal bridging with less labor costs; however, it does come with some issues that must be address by the designer, builder and framer.

In General questions | Asked By Armando Cobo | Aug 24 11
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I am building a house in Japan and have not been able to source affordable rigid-foam panels. The house is a timber frame with a surround of DIY "SIPS" (non-structural) in which I want to sandwich 120mm or 4.7inches of rigid foam (R30). I am nearing the point where I am about to import Celotex panels from the UK (http://www.celotex.co.uk/products/celotex-products/celotex-xr4000), which are cost effective (even inc. shipping) compared to domestic products.

In Green products and materials | Asked By Bruce White | Mar 5 12
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I have read that XPS extruded pink and blue polystyrene loses a "significant" amount of insulation value when wet. Is this correct and would anyone have a percentage amount? This question is in realtion to an ecoroof underlayment in a marine climate.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Valerie Garrett | Mar 2 12
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Does this foundation need to modified into a frost protected shallow foundation with perimeter drainage and damp proofing or is it durable as is? My inlaws have a home near Vancouver BC that is on a shallow footing (estimated 6-8" below grade, but extends above grade.) The soil is compacted gravel and cobble, some sand and well drained. You need a pick ax to dig and a 5 gallon pail of water poured into a hole disappears in seconds. The water table is several feet below the surface as measured in well. The terrain is flat and there are not puddles.

In Building Code Questions | Asked By Patrick Walshe | Mar 4 12
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I am located in the Albany, NY area zone 5A.

I purchased a dilapidated house and will be doing a deep energy retrofit. The siding will be torn off, most of it is rotten or soft, and I will install huber zip which should provide the air and vapor barrier. Larsen trusses will be installed and the cavity depth will be 12", ~R-40.

In Green building techniques | Asked By upstate ny | Mar 2 12
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Hi, two questions if someone can help me out:

1. Is formaldehyde an issue in all types of fiberglass insulation (ie, batts and loose-fill), or just in batts? In other words, if I am doing loose-fill insulation should I look for a formaldehyde free type or is all loose-fill free of formaldehyde? I ask because I see batts advertised as formaldehyde free but not loose fill (for example, the new Owens Corning formaldehyde free line only appears to be for batts).

In Green products and materials | Asked By Brian Jackson | Mar 2 12
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At this point we plan on building a 2x4 wall with dense pack cellulose (r-12), then 1/2" plywood, 2 layers of 2" fiber faced polyiso (r-26), WRB, 1x3 strapping and then siding. Can we use Hardie lap or Hardie panel siding? Likely a question for Hardie but they will likely say they want direct contact with sheathing and if foam, then no more than 1" thick. Their install instructions imply direct contact with sheathing but I don't see any restrictions against fastening to strapping....but maybe I missed that. Also, i'm guessing that strapping 1' O.C.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Robert Alf | Jan 11 12

I have a customer with a large warehouse and roughly 9,000 sq ft of exterior painted brick. He would like to remove the paint and restore the building to its original look. I did some research and found that soda blasting appears to be extremely effective for this and environmentally friendly. So I looked around and found that I can rent the equipment but it was extremely pricey - $2500/week from Sunbelt. A few companies offer the equipment with 100lb hoppers for around $300.

In General questions | Asked By Charles Chiampou | Mar 2 12
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