Recent Comments and Answered Questions on Green Building Advisor

  • Lance Peters | May 24,2018 12:54 PM EDT
    L.T., the reason the compressor is running in your fridge is because the fridge absorbs heat from the room, warming its contents, so a large part of the heat you feel coming from under the fridge ...
  • | May 24,2018 12:46 PM EDT
    Thanks Martin. Definitely something I'll do before getting too far into the process! Cheers, Nick
  • Peter Yost | May 24,2018 12:26 PM EDT
    Point well taken - Robert Bean and his work on thermal comfort from a combined engineering and full spectrum of comfort is seminal. Thanks for recognizing him and his work.
  • Malcolm Taylor | May 24,2018 11:33 AM EDT
    Like Yupster I'd suggest adhesive when possible, especially when trying to attach to soft porous masonry. PL Premium Fast Grab is my favourite. After too many sheared-off heads I've given up ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 24,2018 11:32 AM EDT
    How thick is the closed cell foam in the attic? If it's only 2-3" (as is often the case with the "...that's all ya really need..." school foam installers) it needs more R value, and it would be ...
  • Malcolm Taylor | May 24,2018 11:27 AM EDT
    Robert, interesting and useful comments. Fortunately our building code has been amended to include both sensible ventilation and energy provisions that mean, in our temperate climate, if you ...
  • Malcolm Taylor | May 24,2018 11:16 AM EDT
    Make me think the new ventilation requirements in our building code got it right. They require a balanced ventilation system, with supply to each bedroom and to the living area, and exhaust from ...
  • John Clark | May 24,2018 11:04 AM EDT
    I basically agree and I'd like to add that the young workers of today face the prospect of having to acquire ever more specialization which does not always transfer into other fields when the ...
  • Robert Opaluch | May 24,2018 10:37 AM EDT
    Personally I both did construction and went far with my education. Agree that many people would be better off in construction, especially something like electrician or finish carpenter to ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 10:12 AM EDT
    Thanks, Yupster. Keep those comments coming.
  • | May 24,2018 10:01 AM EDT
    Pre-drill a hole, insert a piece (or pieces) of copper wire, hammer in an spiral nail. Classic method of securing to concrete. Cheap too. Would provide good shear strength and when it's done ...
  • | May 24,2018 09:41 AM EDT
    ....when I scrolled down the past article and saw Post #41 ;) "41. FEB 8, 2018 12:11 PM ET Of note may be why this product was previously discouraged in its ...
  • Robert Opaluch | May 24,2018 09:20 AM EDT
    Your concern about lack of daylighting is warranted, given your overcast winters you describe. You or your architect can calculate the amount of light from windows in each direction. Using ...
  • Jon R | May 24,2018 09:14 AM EDT
    I live with a little condensation at times, but some other options: 1) insulate/air seal outside of pipes 2) mix in a little hot water 3) reduce interior dew point
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 09:09 AM EDT
    Kevin, Thanks for sharing your experience. I appreciate it. Now that you've gotten the ball rolling, I hope to hear from other readers -- especially if any readers have had better luck than ...
  • | May 24,2018 09:02 AM EDT
    Hi Martin, I've done 2 home projects recently that involved attaching either 2x4's on to a brick/mortar parged wall, or a 2x6 flat on bricks as a sill to mount to. I used a hammer drill for the ...
  • Brian Just | May 24,2018 08:38 AM EDT
    There is some thoughtful discussion here. A lot of the questions raised already have great answers given by others. I'll add a few notes: - I hesitate to make sweeping discussions based on 30 or ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 07:59 AM EDT
    Peter, The rafters don't appear to be hewn, although they may be rough-sawn (see enlarged photo below). I'm guessing that the roof framing and slates are newer than the stone house. The rafters, ...
  • Peter Engle | May 24,2018 07:52 AM EDT
    Phil, Show us more pictures. Everyone is jealous. The photo you should looks like a tile floor, and roofing that comes almost down to floor level. Is this the attic? It looks almost like ...
  • Phil Jamison | May 24,2018 07:38 AM EDT
    Thanks for your reply and the French terms, Martin. Any insulation would improve this space. When the sun shines, it's hot. When the wind blows, cold. I describe it as a Tiny House (a term the ...
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