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05-16-06, 12:53 PM
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Posted By msmity29

Thanks for all the great info! Unfortunately, I...

Thanks for all the great info! Unfortunately, I have a decision to make now. I spoke to the builder this morning and he does have an issue with me adding extra screws. However, normally he would...
05-16-06, 09:24 AM
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Views: 10,007
Posted By msmity29

Screw or Nail Subfloor

This may seem like a crazy question, but I want to add some extra screws or nails to attach a plywood subfloor (3/4" T&G) to joists. I was out at the house last night and could see the framers...
05-15-06, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,165
Posted By msmity29

Sealing/Insulation New House Help

We are having a new home built and I am trying to figure out ways to make it more energy efficient. The builder is in the middle of the framing stage and I am trying to prepare for when he are...
04-28-06, 12:06 PM
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Posted By msmity29

Furnace Efficiency

Roughtly how much more energy is saved when a 93% energy efficient gas furnace is used as opposed to a 91%? What is the major difference between a single stage opposed to a dual stage? Thanks!
Forum: Water Heaters
04-23-06, 05:37 PM
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Views: 5,624
Posted By msmity29

Thanks for the info! The water heaters are...

Thanks for the info! The water heaters are Richmond brand (sold at Menards). The standard has a 6 year warranty and the quick recovery has a 12 year. There is only 3 of us at this point so I think...
04-21-06, 07:53 PM
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Posted By msmity29

Which Carrier furnace?

We are having a new home built in the far west burbs of Chicago. It is a 2 story with about 2,600 sq ft. We are upgrading to 2x6 walls (R-19). R-38 will be used in the ceiling and Crestline windows...
Forum: Water Heaters
04-21-06, 07:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,624
Posted By msmity29

Which water heater???

We are having a new house built and are debating as to which water heater to choose. The standard that comes in the home is a 50 gallon tank. When I inquired about upgrading to a higher efficiency,...
04-11-06, 07:07 AM
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Views: 1,420
Posted By msmity29

Thanks for all the help guys! Unfortunately, I...

Thanks for all the help guys! Unfortunately, I spoke with the builder yesterday and he will not allow any work to be done to the foundation. I can understand this as he concerned about liability. ...
04-10-06, 07:25 AM
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Views: 1,420
Posted By msmity29

Since the foundation is being poured this week, I...

Since the foundation is being poured this week, I do not know if I would have the time and money to purchase and install the wrap. It seems to me, the polystyrene might be a more likely option. ...
04-07-06, 08:32 AM
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Views: 1,420
Posted By msmity29

Where can I get extruded polystyrene insulation...

Where can I get extruded polystyrene insulation in 1 1/2" or 2". How much will it cost approximatly?
04-07-06, 07:08 AM
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Views: 1,420
Posted By msmity29

How would I go about applying exterior insulation...

How would I go about applying exterior insulation to the foundation wall? What kind of insulation would I use? And what does this accomplish exactly?
04-06-06, 10:08 AM
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Views: 1,420
Posted By msmity29

Question New Home (Insulation) Tips

We are having a 2-story new home built in the far west burbs of Chicago. As they prepare to break ground this week, does anyone have any tips on what to looks for? Also, does anyone have any advice...
04-06-06, 07:22 AM
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Views: 4,276
Posted By msmity29

I understand what you gentlemen are saying. What...

I understand what you gentlemen are saying. What would be alternative windows that you might suggest?
04-05-06, 07:34 AM
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Views: 4,276
Posted By msmity29

Anyone have any opinions on this?

Anyone have any opinions on this?
04-04-06, 03:07 PM
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Posted By msmity29

Anyone have any ideas?

Anyone have any ideas?
03-31-06, 09:49 AM
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Views: 1,613
Posted By msmity29

How would I go about obtaining R-21? I believe...

How would I go about obtaining R-21? I believe the space between 2x6s won't allow any more than R-19 batts.
03-28-06, 12:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,613
Posted By msmity29

Wall Insulation/Vapor Barrier

I am having a 2-story, 2600 sq ft home built in the far west burbs of Chicago and have a question concerning wall construction. From what I understand, the house walls are being constucted from...
03-28-06, 12:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,276
Posted By msmity29

Crestline Windows

My builder offers Crestline vinyl windows standard. Does anyone have an opinion in these? Should I look into upgrading to better windows? Thanks in advance!
03-23-06, 09:03 AM
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Views: 7,409
Posted By msmity29

Thickness of OSB on Roof

I am having a 2-story house built in the far west burbs of Chicago and have a question concerning the thickness of OSB used on the roof. The builder uses 7/16" standard. Should I inquire about...
03-14-06, 10:09 AM
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Views: 3,141
Posted By msmity29

And is it possible to negotiate with builders on...

And is it possible to negotiate with builders on such prices?
03-14-06, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,928
Posted By msmity29

So what would be a fair price (and worthwhile) to...

So what would be a fair price (and worthwhile) to pay for such an upgrade?
03-13-06, 03:22 PM
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Posted By msmity29

Is there a significant difference between R38 and...

Is there a significant difference between R38 and R49?
03-13-06, 02:12 PM
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Views: 1,928
Posted By msmity29

The house is being built in the far west suburbs...

The house is being built in the far west suburbs of Chicago, IL. It is being constructed with 2x6 walls (R-19 insulation) and R-38 in the attic.
03-13-06, 10:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,928
Posted By msmity29

New Home A/C Unit

I am having a new home built and the builder uses a Carrier 3.5 ton A/C unit with a 10 SEER rating. To upgrade to a 13 SEER unit would cost about $900. Somone on here told me I am getting ripped off...
03-12-06, 06:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,141
Posted By msmity29

After speaking to the builder it seems the 80%...

After speaking to the builder it seems the 80% efficiency furnace would be one of 2 Carrier models; a 879-860 or a 58STA1016. The 91% efficiency is a Carrier single speed with a 5/20 year old...
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