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07-18-16, 09:13 AM
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Also, keep in mind that a properly sized AC unit...

Also, keep in mind that a properly sized AC unit should run 100% of the time when conditions are at their worst. A larger unit would cool faster but cycle more often which will use more energy and...
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Views: 598
Posted By Meanderthal

When I did this I found that the joist bay that...

When I did this I found that the joist bay that was centered over the shower was occupied by the ducting for the exhaust fan so I installed 2 small lights instead of 1. I went with 3" LED lights that...
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Views: 794
Posted By Meanderthal

On my recent bathroom remodel I was able to...

On my recent bathroom remodel I was able to figure out the differences in the retail grade/plumber grade part numbers and found that the plumber grade parts didn't cost much more online through...
06-09-16, 05:25 PM
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Views: 956
Posted By Meanderthal

Custom Building Products has a bunch of info at...

Custom Building Products has a bunch of info at their website including technical specs, case studies and even interactive tools that suggest which products to use for your project. Here is their...
05-16-16, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,437
Posted By Meanderthal

Did you seal it and if so what type of sealer did...

Did you seal it and if so what type of sealer did you use?

Here is a guide to the different types of sealers and their strengths and weaknesses:

Tile and Stone Sealers (Part 1)...
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By Meanderthal

I recently removed two builder grade fans and...

I recently removed two builder grade fans and installed new Panasonic fans that are rated for continuous ventilation for air quality management. They aren't very stylish but the quality is on a whole...
Replies: 9
Views: 625
Posted By Meanderthal

I think 1.6 gallons is now the national standard...

I think 1.6 gallons is now the national standard and California now allows no more that 1.28.
01-08-16, 01:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 597
Posted By Meanderthal

You or any moderately handy and able bodied...

You or any moderately handy and able bodied person could install a 6 mil vapor barrier that would block the ground moisture for a lot less than your quotes. I did mine which is about 1200 sq./ft....
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Views: 843
Posted By Meanderthal

I'd get the door and opener installed first then...

I'd get the door and opener installed first then take care of the automation later.

There are several ways to add smart phone connectivity to your garage door these days. Even if an opener with...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

A few thoughts now that I'm about 20% done: ...

A few thoughts now that I'm about 20% done:

At this point I'm glad I chose to use the screws and large washers instead of glue. I've been putting 4 screws per large piece but only one is necessary...
10-18-15, 08:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 897
Posted By Meanderthal

What type of floors do you have above the...

What type of floors do you have above the crawlspace?

Is your home more than 1 story tall?

The air in your crawl space naturally migrates up into your living space due to the stack effect....
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Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

Regarding fire protection; there certainly...

Regarding fire protection; there certainly doesn't seem to be a consensus as to what should be done. If it was a basement or a crawl space connected to a basement then at least an ignition barrier is...
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Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

The enforcement of fire protection requirements...

The enforcement of fire protection requirements seems to vary quite a bit from place to place so it's probably best to ask someone with local knowledge. My understanding is that intumescent paint or...
10-15-15, 07:38 AM
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Views: 712
Posted By Meanderthal

The rigid insulation will absorb less moisture...

The rigid insulation will absorb less moisture from the air so the R-value will degrade less over time. Rigid doesn't sustain flames but it will emit toxic smoke if a fire is nearby so it requires...
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Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

Thanks for the offer to review my audit Bud. If...

Thanks for the offer to review my audit Bud. If you PM me your email address I'll send it to you. It will answer several of your questions.

My house is 25 years old. I bought it in a foreclosure...
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Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

Thanks for the input on other insulation options...

Thanks for the input on other insulation options Bud. I'll check into them. I probably should have started another thread about the insulation because I can't seem to get good information about the...
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Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

staydry: I looked at the fasteners made by...

staydry:

I looked at the fasteners made by Rodenhouse that you hammer in. If I could get them at a good price I probably would have pulled the trigger but shipping to Alaska doubles the cost. They...
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Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

Bud: 1) I haven't decided for sure what...

Bud:

1) I haven't decided for sure what type of insulation to use yet but I was leaning toward the blue board made by Dow which is unfaced XPS followed by some roll-on shiny stuff. I'm looking...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

How unflat? Every 2' there are pieces of the snap...

How unflat? Every 2' there are pieces of the snap ties from the forming system sticking out. I don't know if the insulation boards would press onto them and hold in place. Even if the snap ties...
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Views: 1,053
Posted By Meanderthal

Drilling Concrete Foundation for 3/16" Screws

I am planning to install 2" rigid insulation on the inside of my crawl space against the 8" poured concrete foundation wall. If the surface was nice and flat I'd probably just glue the sheets on it...
09-28-15, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 692
Posted By Meanderthal

In my area the HVAC companies offer big discounts...

In my area the HVAC companies offer big discounts to have it done in the off season so you might want to check into that.
Replies: 2
Views: 531
Posted By Meanderthal

How often will you turn them on and for how long?...

How often will you turn them on and for how long?

I'd bet that running LEDs 24/7/365 would still use less electricity than having incandescent lights on only when dark.

My LED porch light has...
09-25-15, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 878
Posted By Meanderthal

Up here in Alaska the vapor barrier always goes...

Up here in Alaska the vapor barrier always goes on the ground because chances are that condensation will occur on non-permeable surfaces and when it does we want it away from wood framing and other...
09-22-15, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,557
Posted By Meanderthal

Here's an anecdote to support the notion that...

Here's an anecdote to support the notion that increased duct throughput could pull more dust through the system.

Last winter we had a new forced air furnace installed at my office. The old one was...
Replies: 7
Views: 694
Posted By Meanderthal

Just how cold is your climate? Your plan is...

Just how cold is your climate?
Your plan is similar to mine here in Anchorage Alaska.
Here is a good information resource for my climate:

Welcome to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center |...
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