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Is there an "ignore" and report a post link most sites have? The ignore list adds members so you don't have to read their post, for example you find most of a members post are of no value or annoying. The report link for members that continuously high jack or take threads off topic degrading the quality of info on GBA.

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In General questions | Asked By Terry Lee | Nov 12 14
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Does my ICF foundation require additional protection or barriers applied before backfill?

In my case the house is located in southwest Colorado at 6900' elev. on a sunny south slope. The soil is moderately expansive clay so the foundation is 48" on top of the footer on top of 12" compacted structural fill. Footer perimeter drain ( smooth pipe in gravel bedding) all around, ground will slope 1:10 away from foundation to a french drain system, and ground gutters or sub-grade pond liner will be installed on the north side to keep bulk water away from the foundation, so good drainage and water control.

In General questions | Asked By Chuck Jensen | Oct 10 14
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How do I prevent condensation in our brick/clay block/cement plaster home?

We bought a foreclosure home, which is constructed of brick exterior, clay block interior wall which is covered with a layer of cement plaster. No one was able to afford the utilities on this home since there is no insulation, or the ability to insulate, without altering the unique interior design. We repainted (2 coats) with ceramic microbeads, which cut the heating utilities from $600/mo to under $300/mo. But in the process, we have created a condensation problem.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jeff Bauer | Nov 11 14
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Reasonable retrofit efficiency goals

As I battle with an hvac solution for our home, we are leaning more and more towards trying to reduce the load further. I'll mention some details of my own house a bit below but I'm actually asking in hopes of a more generalized discussion of what a reasonable retrofit btu and ACH50 goal is.

I did some reading tonight in the hopes of answering this question but didn't find any useful rules of thumb. I know, the old HVAC rules of thumb have caused a lot of grief. I'm not asking for a rule of thumb about BTUs/sf for heat but rather what is rationally achievable in a retrofit scenario.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Keith H | Oct 19 14
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What trade shows/ education should a fella attend?


In General questions | Asked By John Stephany | Nov 12 14
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How to seal and insulate a crawl space in a humid environment

We purchased a second home on a lake in mid-Michigan in Winter. With Summer, we discovered a moisture problem in the very narrow (16" deep) crawl space. The previous owner had put 6" fiberglass batts under the floor to insulate the crawl space and used plastic film as a vapor barrier over some of the ground. When we crawled through this narrow crawl space, we discovered the fiberglass batts were wet and falling into the crawl space, mold was forming on the floor joists, and there was water puddling on the vapor barrier covering the ground.

In General questions | Asked By Colleen Bruning-Fann | Nov 12 14
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What's up with ComfortTherm plastic-enclosed batting?

My contractor came home today with some fiberglass batting wrapped up in plastic that says "vapor retarder" on it. It's this stuff in the vapor retarding form: http://www.rockweilerinsulation.com/documents/JM_ComfortTherm_Batt_Spec_...

In Green products and materials | Asked By Andrew Levitt | Nov 11 14
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Air sealing and rim joist insulation

First off, thank you everyone for the all the helpful answers I’ve received here.

This may be a pretty basic question, but how is air sealing normally accomplished at the sheathing when using OSB with no exterior foam? Can it be taped? Glued?

In General questions | Asked By Michael Geoghegan | Nov 10 14
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What is the best method to upgrade a 3-season cathedral ceiling to 4-season in zone 7a?

From inside to out my roof consists of 1 1/4 x 5 1/4" tongue-and-groove cedar, then a layer of poly, 2x4 strapping with Buffalo board filled in the gaps (1 1/2"), then roof sheathing, then shingles. Need to upgrade this and maintain the cedar on the inside. The roof is laid on large beams inside.

In General questions | Asked By Keith Malenchak | Nov 11 14
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28" or 32" door widths?

The door widths to the bedrooms in my home design are 32". Should I have the architect design the bathroom door widths at 32" also or leave them at the standard 28" width?

In Interior design | Asked By Peter L | Nov 8 14
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