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I was at a home on an unrelated issue today. In conversation he told me about some problems he is having after new insulation and air sealing.

The home is a split level. The front door is about 4 feet above the driveway/ garage level. This main level has the kitchen, Living and family rooms. The bedrooms and bathrooms are above the garage so about 4 feet above the main level.

In General questions | Asked By Robert Hronek | Oct 28 11
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I am planning a new home in PA - zone 6. The options for insulation/exterior wall construction are mind numbing. My wall will be 2x6 single wall construction. I am focusing in on the design plan #5 outlined out in the Dec 2009/Jan2010 issue of FHB. In summary this technique calls for a wall constructed as follows (from the inside out)
drywall
2x6 studs with cellulose blown in
sheathing
housewrap
two layers of Polyiso Foam (2in per layer/staggered and taped joints)
3/4" strapping screwed to joists
siding

Here are my questions

In GBA Pro help | Asked By Jim Orasky | Oct 30 11
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I am planning a new home in PA - zone 6. The options for insulation/exterior wall construction are mind numbing. My wall will be 2x6 single wall construction. I am focusing in on the design plan #5 outlined out in the Dec 2009/Jan2010 issue of FHB. In summary this technique calls for a wall constructed as follows (from the inside out)
drywall
2x6 studs with cellulose blown in
sheathing
housewrap
two layers of Polyiso Foam (2in per layer/staggered and taped joints)
3/4" strapping screwed to joists
siding

Here are my questions

In Green building techniques | Asked By Jim Orasky | Oct 30 11
12 Answers

I have designed a 4,800 sqft home in NH (Zone 6) with "REMOTE" insulation building assemblies. R-40 walls, R-60 ceiling and R-20 sub slab. The windows were to be Eagle triple glazed U-.265. My client has asked me what the pay back is between using Eagle triple pane versus double glazed U-.31. For the entire house the cost difference is $2,000 and the efficiency difference is 16%. This seems like a good value to me especially in a house that is deeply insulated. Anyone have suggestions or answers to his question "what is the payback?"

In Green products and materials | Asked By Harry Seidel | Oct 28 11
1 Answer

The glass panel I chose is 20cmx20cm and 75mm thick. I want to fix this with aluminum extrusions. As I am outsourcing to the contractor, I want to know the labour coefficients of fixing these blocks.
How much can a worker (carpenter or mason) fix the area in a day (8 hours)? Thank you.

In Building Code Questions | Asked By Ugyen Gyeltshen | Oct 31 11
1 Answer

Should synthetic roofing underlayment be used on a roof with open cell foam sprayed against the roof deck with shingles in North Carolina? I sure hope so as we just did it with a house I am having built.

In General questions | Asked By Chris Helms | Oct 30 11
2 Answers

I am building a new house in zone 4A. We are using 6" studs and the interior insulation is a hybrid flash and batt configuration with 2" ccsf and 4" fiberglass. Exterior cladding is cedar shake shingles over a rain screen. My GC want to use Ice and Water Shield for the WRB because of the sealing properties from nail penetrations. I do not think it is a good idea, as I think the wall needs to be able to dry to the exterior, and the interior insulation is vapor impermeable. Any thoughts?

In GBA Pro help | Asked By Sports Doc | Oct 30 11
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Just stepped out of a newer Ace Hardware. The carpet and carpet glue smell was nausea creating. Agway stores and Tractor Supply stores are as bad or more than bad for me.

So, I just don't get our laws and our group use of the word TOXIC!!!

At our homes we need 100% pure perfect air, but at Agway we can rename the store Gagway?

Bad enough for my ten minutes, what about a store manager putting in 25 years?

And toxic.... The word toxic to me is now toxic!

So, what say all?

In Building Code Questions | Asked By aj builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | Oct 29 11
2 Answers

We are buying a REAL fixer upper with roof problems that include falling off box gutters. It needs a new roof anyway and I had thought about foam board as we would like to use the attic space as living. Is there any major flaw to attaching 12 " TJI's over the rafters and using cellulose? The "sheathing" is just spaced boards which could be cut after the TJIs are installed for one cavity in each bay. This should also fix the roof line to use regular gutters too, I think.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Nyle Phillips | Oct 27 11
2 Answers

Does anyone have any recommendations for de-icing products for walkways and driveways that are less detrimental than standard de-icing salts?

In Green products and materials | Asked By Tracy Miller | Oct 27 11
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