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02-03-19, 12:17 PM
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Posted By Towsonite

Sorry about that. It was an accidental...

Sorry about that. It was an accidental double-posting.
02-03-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By Towsonite

General Mini Split Wiring Questions

Hello All,
This is a very general question regarding the inside unit of mini splits. I know there's a 100% likelihood I will be getting mini splits in the future but my Cape's upstairs rehab is a...
09-17-18, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By Towsonite

Thanks everyone for your responses.

Thanks everyone for your responses.
09-14-18, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By Towsonite

Push In Wire Connectors

I was considering using Push In Wire Connectors around the house. But a thought/concern is that if I ever had to remove them, then I might end up needing to cut the wires, whether because you can't...
07-15-17, 11:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 609
Posted By Towsonite

Not enough soffit frontage for venting

I have a cape cod that is roughly shaped like a "t", at least originally. It currently is not vented. Because of the roof shape, the largest of the side attics has gable walls on substantially all of...
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Views: 1,289
Posted By Towsonite

Ever Seen Anything Like This?

I was looking through pictures of a house for sale, just out of curiosity, and the below is what I saw. I felt I had to share this. Have you ever seen a brick chimney like this? You can see some...
01-20-17, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 779
Posted By Towsonite

I wasn't going to seal the sill vents or anything...

I wasn't going to seal the sill vents or anything to outside. I was just talking about sealing the top plates of the exterior walls that you can see in the attic and whether that's advisable if the...
01-19-17, 11:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 779
Posted By Towsonite

Air Sealing Home with No Sheathing

Hi, I mentioned at week or so ago I was insulating my rim joists and discovered there are no rim joists, just the clapboards nailed directly on studs. Well, going into the attic it became clear to...
01-16-17, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,953
Posted By Towsonite

I see where the blue store sells Tyvek in 3ft by...

I see where the blue store sells Tyvek in 3ft by 100ft rolls for about $44. That size would likely work for these purposes.
01-14-17, 11:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,953
Posted By Towsonite

The orange store has it for about $59 for an...

The orange store has it for about $59 for an approximately 9' by 50' roll, which I don't believe is unreasonable, likely comparable to poly in price, and something you may eventually use on other...
01-14-17, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,953
Posted By Towsonite

Does anyone have any thoughts about using Tyvek...

Does anyone have any thoughts about using Tyvek instead of 6 mil poly? Tyvek is intended as an air and moisture barrier, but not a vapor barrier. So you can then have the vapor barrier on the...
01-13-17, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By Towsonite

:) HA! Love it. I'll have to share that with a...

:) HA! Love it. I'll have to share that with a friend who has the real deal.
01-13-17, 02:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By Towsonite

That's great to know. And you are correct on the...

That's great to know. And you are correct on the OCD part. I just know I'll be thinking after the project about how many ways I could have done it better. Hey, it keeps us learning I suppose.
01-13-17, 11:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By Towsonite

Last question, hopefully. Since there is a gap...

Last question, hopefully. Since there is a gap between the bottom sill and the wall I'll be filling this with spray foam, Great Stuff. Should I be concerned about water moving up the wall through...
01-12-17, 07:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By Towsonite

I was pretty skeptical about the value of doing...

I was pretty skeptical about the value of doing this, and I'd not in a million years consider it if the wall was already closed. But, since they aren't, I thought I should ask since this is my last...
01-12-17, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By Towsonite

Insulation in Core of Concrete Blocks

Wondering if any of you think this is a total waste of time and money. As I mentioned in my other post, I'll be insulating my rim joists. One portion of the cinder block basement wall below it is...
01-11-17, 10:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,583
Posted By Towsonite

The product I was thinking about that's made by...

The product I was thinking about that's made by Roxul is referenced in this article:

GreenBuildingAdvisor.com | If Ants Like Rigid Foam, Should We Stop Using It?...
01-10-17, 04:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,583
Posted By Towsonite

I think I'm going to seal the area underneath the...

I think I'm going to seal the area underneath the bottom sill and evaluate how bad the air leakage is in the bay. I'm thinking it's coming through the horizontal exterior wall boards as well as from...
01-09-17, 10:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,583
Posted By Towsonite

Insulating, Not Insulting

So, I missed the "a" in the title, but everyone hopefully got the point.
01-09-17, 09:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,583
Posted By Towsonite

Insulating "Rim Joists", But No Rim Joists

Hi,
Not sure how often this comes up, but my house has no rim joists. It's also not balloon frame construction. The first floor's joists sit on the bottom sill below, which sits on the cinder...
11-22-16, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 594
Posted By Towsonite

I'll try to take some pictures and post them...

I'll try to take some pictures and post them tonight. The leaks are just air. I had the roof replaced earlier this year and, fingers-crossed, water is no longer an issue. That being said, I'm...
11-21-16, 11:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 594
Posted By Towsonite

Insulating Basement Stairwell with Polyiso

Hi,
I have a stairwell that the prior owners built. It has 2x4 roof and walls. Because of space constraints I was going to use Polyiso boards to insulate it. It goes up the side of the house, so...
10-27-16, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,983
Posted By Towsonite

So, after I've tried the auger, does everyone...

So, after I've tried the auger, does everyone agree I should not just see if it sorts itself out? Someone was telling me if it clears the toilet I'm probably okay. But I'm definitely leaning toward...
10-26-16, 09:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,983
Posted By Towsonite

3yo Flushed His Toothbrush

So, my 3 year old sent his kid-sized toothbrush down the toilet. It's maybe an inch or two shorter than an adults' toothbrush. I bought a flexible parts grabber (like you see at auto parts stores)...
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By Towsonite

Security Camera System Suggestions

Hi,
I've been researching security camera systems and a little overwhelmed. There are so many brands out there and it's difficult from the reviews to really see what's junk and, even if its...
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