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In General questions | Asked By Kennethvied KennethHomTM | 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?

In General questions | Asked By Sonya Sandusky | Sep 27 15
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Anyone familiar with Insultex house wrap?

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this house wrap - http://www.insultexhousewrap.com/

They appear to be making some exaggerated claims and I am not certain that the R-value claimed would be possible.

Any thoughts?

In Green products and materials | Asked By Marcus Sheffer | Jul 31 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?

In Energy efficiency and durability | 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.

In Green building techniques | 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.

In General questions | 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.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Alan B | Sep 26 15
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Air barrier in middle of double wall in mixed climate?

I'm in central Arizona, at the cold end of the Climate Zone 2B range, where I have around four months of moderate heating and five of moderate to heavy cooling.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Jeff Cooper | Sep 20 15
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Does surface wiring on exterior walls make sense with batt insulation?

I've read a lot about the difficulties of properly installing batt insulation. If I kept my plumbing out of exterior walls, and used surface wiring on exterior walls, would that greatly simplify installing rock wool batt insulation? Or, would there still be other obstacles?

If surface wiring would improve the performance of batt insulation, other than the purported aesthetic issues with surface wiring, is there any other reason to oppose its use?

In General questions | Asked By James Timmerberg | Sep 25 15
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Zip panels vs. liquid WRB

I was curious - what option might be more cost effective?

1.) sheathing with OSB and then using the Prosoco joint compounds and CAT 5 liquid WRB over the entire surface...


2.) sheathing with zip system panels and then using the Prosoco products to seal the seams.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Brian W | Sep 25 15
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