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    Details for Slab’s Vertical Insulation at Doors

    Hey All,I have a slab on grade foundation that is 4" thick on top of 3 3/8" of insulation with PEX for radiant heat (as a back up for the…

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    What is this paper?

    Can someone tell us what is the deteriorating paper that is on the back of the cement wall? Picture taken from inside after removing drywall/plaster lath of 1924 house in…

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    Siding Fasteners

    I'm building my first house and I'm processing and installing my own siding. The siding will be a horizontal lapped, painted, pine siding. My question is about fastening wooden siding.…

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    This Old House: Easier Plumbing Solutions With Snap Together Copper Fittings

    In this Youtube video from This Old House they discuss snap together fittings for copper plumbing pipes (starting at minute 4:25).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dB918L4rXk&t=17sWhile I've seen lots of information about this type of…

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    Blower door test and air sealing for HVAC sizing

    Hi all. I have a question about a chicken/egg problem for our HVAC planning, air sealing and blower door testing. We purchased a newly built home that is mostly finished…

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    What is Accessory Dwelling Unit Design-Build ?

    Enhancing Commercial Buildings in New London, CT with Roof Coatings  

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    Flanged window placement with rainscreen and reverse board and batten siding

    Hi all,¬†Building a 2-story garage with an ADU above in Nova Scotia. Construction is double stud wall with dense-pack cellulose and no exterior insulation. I'm planning on using strips of…

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    MBtek Apollo floor fan coil

    Has anyone had any experience with the MBtek Apollo floor fan coil units? https://www.mbtek.com/products/apollo-floor-fan-coilI know a couple folks on here had some pretty... grim experiences with their heat pumps, so…

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    Unvented Crawlspace Insulation and Vapor Barrier

    Building somewhat of a "pretty good house" and I have an unusually tall crawl space due to the slope of my property. It is 6ft tall on one end and…

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    Metal Studs to Frame Outdoor Trash Shed?

    I build small sheds/trash can enclosures as a side hobby. I usually use pressure treated wood. What are your thoughts on using metal studs to frame and attaching boards or…