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Owning a house of this vintage can be very...

Owning a house of this vintage can be very challenging. While insulating usually cannot be done unless the wiring has been upgraded. The age of knob and tube electrical wiring, the sheathing of the...
01-19-13, 06:37 AM
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Flashing

Tyvek is considered an air barrier but that is not it's primary function. Tyvek is a substitute for building felt, which both function as flashing. Flashing purpose is to keep the water molecule from...
01-12-13, 05:15 AM
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Gas Law

Addressing the source of the moisture problem is by far the best advice and checking with your local building code department as well.

The "Gas Law" states that in order for a liquid to evaporate...
05-02-12, 08:59 PM
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You should not insulate the floor of a finished...

You should not insulate the floor of a finished attic. The reason for this is that the floor is within the "Thermal and Pressure Boundaries" of your house. "Dew Point" can occur which may result in...
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Posted By resercon

Sorry for not responding sooner. I am no longer a...

Sorry for not responding sooner. I am no longer a moderator on this forum and I rarely make any more responses.

Provided the fixture is "IC" rated you can insulate over it. However from my...
03-15-11, 05:03 PM
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Posted By resercon

Forgive me for not being clear and not knowing...

Forgive me for not being clear and not knowing fairplay is a she.

The temperature used to determine the R-values is 32 degrees Fahrenheit (outside) and 72 degrees Fahrenheit (inside). The...
03-15-11, 01:10 PM
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Posted By resercon

First and foremost you have to know what the...

First and foremost you have to know what the R-values stand for. R-30 stands for 1/30th of a BTU traverses one square foot of this material an hour. R-60 is 1/60th. This rating is done for comparison...
02-17-11, 07:44 AM
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Posted By resercon

More than likely the cables are embedded in the...

More than likely the cables are embedded in the ceiling by either being sandwich between sheet rock or inside plaster. In either case it is going to be literally impossible for you to take down this...
02-04-11, 08:05 PM
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Posted By resercon

Lignin

Is a natural occurring substance found in many materials, like cedar. It is a detergent, which means that it reduces surface tension. Tyvek had a problem with this some years back. The Lignin...
01-29-11, 03:51 PM
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Posted By resercon

Energy Savers: Vapor Barriers or Vapor Diffusion...

Energy Savers: Vapor Barriers or Vapor Diffusion Retarders (http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11810)

This site discusses "Vapor Barriers" and does...
12-30-10, 11:44 AM
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Ventilation is not only a highly complex issue...

Ventilation is not only a highly complex issue but an even more debatable one. Now I can easily write a book on this subject. Unfortunately it would probably confuse more people than help them....
12-23-10, 04:14 PM
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Resercon Company - Home and Inspection Services:...

Resercon Company - Home and Inspection Services: Insulation - Ventilation (http://resercon.blogspot.com/search/label/Insulation%20-%20Ventilation)

This is an article I wrote some years back which...
08-05-10, 07:37 AM
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Posted By resercon

You can use the foam board (low flash point)...

You can use the foam board (low flash point) provided it is not in contact with the electric pad. Furthermore the sub-floor has to be very stable for tiles. Otherwise the tiles will crack and all you...
07-22-10, 09:17 PM
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Posted By resercon

Research papers state a position.. For those of...

Research papers state a position.. For those of us who seek new approaches in our field read such papers. It is common place for us to look for other research papers that both support and dispute...
07-19-10, 08:33 AM
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Posted By resercon

What you want to do is put on all the wall A/C...

What you want to do is put on all the wall A/C units on a 95 degree day. Put them on maxium and let the inside of the house cool down as much as possible. Also test the house with the IR gun under...
07-17-10, 06:18 AM
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Posted By resercon

Unfortunately clogged meshes is only one reason I...

Unfortunately clogged meshes is only one reason I never recommend them to clients. As a licensed home inspector I have permanately installed comments concerning ridge vents and insert them in reports...
07-16-10, 09:35 AM
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Posted By resercon

R-Values are "Standards" and settling is normal...

R-Values are "Standards" and settling is normal for both types of insulation. As far as the performance of the two, it depends on how well they are installed. If installed according to manufacturer...
07-16-10, 09:10 AM
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Posted By resercon

First and foremost you have to check with your...

First and foremost you have to check with your local building officials. The first place I would go if I was you is the local fire department.

Blown in fiberglass does not catch fire but it...
07-15-10, 11:13 AM
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Posted By resercon

There are a lot of sites where you can get...

There are a lot of sites where you can get information about gable vent fans on the web. The biggest problem I see with them is people oversize the fan, thinking bigger is better. Your net vent area...
07-15-10, 07:38 AM
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Posted By resercon

You are correct about the path of least...

You are correct about the path of least resistance. What you are overlooking is the volume of air within a confine (attic) remains constant. In other words if a certain volume of air leaves the...
07-09-10, 11:41 AM
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Posted By resercon

If the insulation is in good shape, I see no need...

If the insulation is in good shape, I see no need to replace it. If in some areas it is bad, then just address those areas. Air sealing is a good thing in your situation. Just follow the wires,...
07-09-10, 08:53 AM
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Posted By resercon

There has been a lot of information on the web...

There has been a lot of information on the web concerning new applications to conserve energy. Most of these come from Build Science Organizations (BSO's). From someone who has been in the energy...
07-06-10, 08:37 AM
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Posted By resercon

Law of Diminishing Return

There are several factors involving HEAT LOSS. One factor is "Degree Difference". Simply put the colder one month is from another accounts for the higher fuel bill. In other words the lower...
06-22-10, 04:30 PM
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Posted By resercon

Went around to the local electrical supplies...

Went around to the local electrical supplies stores. They all said the same thing, Home Depot. Apparently Square D made the homeline series for home depot. I'll try that number you gave.

Thanks
06-22-10, 03:28 PM
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Posted By resercon

The mounting foot is the same as the footing on...

The mounting foot is the same as the footing on the breakers that I have already on. The opening for the bus on the two different breakers are different. The HOM 115 opening for the buss shorter than...
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