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Standing-seam roof condition

Is the rust and peeling of these roof panels an indication of serious damage? Is there a way to recoat these panels? I have no idea when this roof was installed, but would like to know if I should start consider replacing it, or if it will last another 10+ years. Thanks in advance - Dan

In General questions | Asked By Dan McGonigle | Oct 9 14
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An all-window roof

How would you put a roof over one side of our house that is all windows. there are 16-5x8 double windows at a 45 degree angle.Not all, but some of them leak with every rain. We think we have tried everything to fix them with no luck. The only thing left to do is put a new roof on, but i think it would have to be free standing? It is just going to be myself and my wife doing this job. Dont know what to do! Any suggestions would be appreciated.!!

In General questions | Asked By larry boso | Oct 10 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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Understanding vapor transmission and perms

I understand the different levels of vapor retarders and how a lower perm rating means less vapor comes through the material. What I don't understand is how this affects the amount of water vapor coming through in real life.

In General questions | Asked By Nick Welch | Oct 6 14
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We have a diesel burner for water heating that heats pipes and radiators

We have a diesel burner for water heating that heats pipes and radiators to keep the home warm in winter. Is there solution instead of that burner using free solar heating?

What is equipment do we need ?

In General questions | Asked By khalid aldaher | Oct 10 14
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What sheathing under a metal roof?

We are building a garage. The roof is a 12/12 pitch. We would like to put spray foam insulation under the roof when we have the funds. We have a thermos roof on our house and love it. We thought we were going to use 3/4 inch T&G OSB for sheathing. We then heard complaints about screws stripping out. We really don't want purlins because we live in an area that can have a lot of hail damage. Should we switch to the more expensive plywood? I feel like we are going around in circles.......

In General questions | Asked By Jane Metzger | Oct 9 14
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How to reduce AC noise through a bedroom window?

hello….I live in a groundfloor apt. there are two a/c units right outside my bedroom window, about 2 feet away...my unit and my upstairs neighbors' unit. i don't use mine much, but they use theirs ALL THE TIME, even when it's 65 outside! i really don't want to move, but i cannot go through another summer of listening to the pervasive deep buzzing sound of their unit. so far, i have tried styrofoam insulation and also sound board, cut to fit into the window on the inside which has a 3 inch sill all around it. have also hung a heavy thick blanket.

In General questions | Asked By Cynthia Oeser | Oct 10 14
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Building science options

looking for advice on options on getting into building science & green renovation ---- it seems there is still a disconnect between the building science research and the builders in the field.

Quick background on me --- I have a Chemistry degree and taught the subject for 8 years before leaving the field to be a remodeling contractor --- so I am very interested in the science behind renovating from an energy standpoint.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Jason Schatz | Oct 5 14
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Post-cure/long term off-gassing with Bayer’s Bayseal closed cell spray foam insulation (“SFI”)

I am considering having Bayer’s Bayseal closed cell spray foam insulation (“SFI”) installed in the attic and basement rim joist at my New Jersey home. I am interested in hearing thoughts on the recent concerns over off-gassing of the SFI that I have been reading about. My questions assume SFI installation gets done correctly (I have read about the improper installation problems causing odors). Anyway, the issue of concern/interest for me is long-term off-gassing AFTER a properly done SFI job.

In Green products and materials | Asked By D S | May 14 14
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Adding outside air vent to existing HVAC?

Hi all,

I live in Los Angeles and dislike AC. We have AC on the second floor of our home, but in the evening when the outside air is down to a lovely 68-70 degrees, our inside air is still 85. My wife wants to put on the AC. I want to bring in outside air. But simply opening the windows doesn't really work well. What I really want is to integrate an outside air vent into our HVAC system, thus pulling out the inside air and replacing it with outside air. Trouble is, I don't know even what this would be called, so I can't seem to find any information on it by googling.

In General questions | Asked By Franz Metcalf | Oct 8 14
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