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Adding ridge vent and continuous eaves sensible for vaulted ceiling?

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In Green building techniques | Asked By user-6793320 | Apr 5 17
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We are purchasing a circa 1966 Cape in the Philadelphia area with the garage under two bedrooms and two baths

The garage ceiling is covered with Homasote but there are small areas that you can see an underlying plaster ceiling with missing chunks.

We are homeowners with an enduring passion for houses. We previously designed our own home in 1995, then enjoyed 20 years there. I am a retired Doc who reads FHB for fun!

In GBA Pro help | Asked By Geoffrey Simon | Jul 14 17
7 Answers

Advice on minisplit inspector approval

I'm building a new home with Mitsubishi mini-splits. There are three units total, two 9K units and one 12K. Manual J was done and came it at 24K for heating in zone 5. The house is a simple stacked square 2 story of 847 sq. ft. each floor and a 550 sq. ft finished work shop with one 9K unit. The 12K unit is on the bottom floor and the last 9K unit is at the top of the stairs. The building inspector is not wanting to sign off on the HVAC system because he does not think that the one upstairs 9K unit will get heat into each of the bedrooms, he thinks that I need a unit in each bedroom.

In Mechanicals | Asked By Jeff Towson | Jul 14 17
5 Answers

Looking for good quality 3.25" x 10" wall cap with backdraft damper for kitchen exhaust fan - recommendations?

Venting range hood straight out the wall - need a high quality wall cap to keep the cold air out.

In Mechanicals | Asked By Walter Gayeski | Sep 6 12
2 Answers

Insulating a 3 inch vaulted ceiling

My name is Gary Bushong, I am remodeling a older home in Fort Lauderdale Florida, The great room in the picture has been gutted and the rafters exposed. We are remodeling it exposing 5 " of the 8" existing rafter when complete (key west style ceiling). Doing this type of exposed ceiling is only allowing us only 3" of space between the tongue and groove roof base and the new tongue and groove ceiling. I am looking for suggestions on what insulation product would be best suited for a minimum R value of 19 in this 3" space ?

In General questions | Asked By gbushong | Jul 14 17
2 Answers

Housewrap placement on a "wrap and strap" job

Using XPS on my "wrap and strap," and wondering if the housewrap needs to be installed directly against the XPS or can be installed on the straps directly under the siding.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Daniel F. Vellone | Jul 14 17
2 Answers

Seal and insulate before considering venting?

If you have an older cape and it has both heat and moisture issues on the upper floor and in the attic and you have limited time and resources, would you first do your best at air sealing and insulating the house, and then evaluate whether those problems go away before considering venting the house?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jeff Towson | Jul 14 17
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Basement as cold/heat source

Hi All,

My home has about 1313 sq. ft. living/dining/kitchen area (open floor plan) with about 723 sq. ft. of bedrooms on the side. Similar layout in the finished/conditioned full basement. The house (2012 ICF/EIFS construction) has been cooled and heated with a 3.5 ton AC and 15 kW heatstrips respectively.

The air handler is in a mechanical room in the basement, supplying to registers in the floor of first floor and the ceiling of the basement with returns high up on the walls on first floor and near the floor on the walls in the basement.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Venkat Y | Jul 10 17
5 Answers

Well-known Habitat for Humanity volunteer suffers medical issues

At work at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Winnipeg, Manitoba -- reportedly "cutting wood" -- former U.S. president Jimmy Carter collapsed in the hot sun due to dehydration. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Jimmy Carter, recently diagnosed with cancer, is 92. He's a role model.

Here's a link to the article: Jimmy Carter Treated for Dehydration at Canadian Hospital.

The photo below [from the NY Times] shows him at work on a Habitat project in Edmonton on Tuesday of this week.

In General questions | Asked By Martin Holladay | Jul 14 17
6 Answers

Improving the building envelope for existing bump-outs

We are in the process of addressing repairing some structural framing issues (dry rot caused by bulk water intrusion due to missing flashing) in our 110-year old home, a two-story balloon-framed foursquare in Manhattan, KS (climate zone 4).

In General questions | Asked By User-6885249 | Jul 13 17
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