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Got insulation?

Whadya do with the insulation?  Oh I put it where it belongs, up in the attic!   Found this on an inspection yesterday.  House built 1964.…

Started by Debra Little

0 Feb 9, 2011

Fire doesn't need air, does it? ;)

I was performing a WAP test-out when I found this.  The insulation contractor didn't install baffles and didn't know enough that you can't…

Started by Joel Greenberg

4 Jan 17, 2011
Reply by Joel Greenberg

Look what a Whole House Fan can do to the Insulation---3ft at far end, 7 in near

Started by Matthew P

4 Jan 11, 2011
Reply by Matthew P

Level Insulation

Started by John Nicholas

0 Jan 7, 2011

Attic "Stairs" and Other Adventures

Vicky and John of Kendall Grundy Community Service ran into this "staircase" used by a 68-year-old woman and much more while weatherizing t…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

Slapdash Return Plenum in a Crawlspace

The photos show a return plenum on a bare-floor dirt crawlspace in a house where my company replaced the HVAC system. This is exactly how i…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

Is there a Downside to High-MERV Filters?

MERV, or Minimum-Efficiency Reporting Value, is a measure of the efficiency with which filters remove particles of specific sizes. Accordin…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

Size Matters

  John Proctor, of Proctor Engineering in California, is the author of one of Home Energy's most popular articles, on sizing air conditione…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

A Dehumidifyer for a dehumidifyer

Bob Kildea, of Home Energy Insight in Kalamazoo, Michigan sendt us this "What Were They Thinking" story in 2009: "I saw this installation i…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

Weak at the Elbows

In the November/December, 2005 issue of Home Energy, Dick Robinson   of Advanced Energy Systems of New York, writes, "Some of the things th…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

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Morgan M Audetat replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Right you are. You have to ask: what will the cellulose contribute.  Here in Minneapolis we…"
17 hours ago
Morgan M Audetat replied to Tony Hicks's discussion Slab-on-grade Insulation
"All slabs float. We have been installing radiant floors on various slab constructions since the…"
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Tony Hicks replied to Tony Hicks's discussion Slab-on-grade Insulation
"2" XPS foam. I'd love an R-20. Having foam thick enough to get an R-20 would be…"
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Morgan M Audetat replied to Larry Schaffert's discussion How to correctly insulate exterior wall in a 1900 house?
"Sorry, I did missed the "siding nailed directly to the framing", my grandfather would…"
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Morgan M Audetat replied to Larry Schaffert's discussion How to correctly insulate exterior wall in a 1900 house?
"My own farm house is sided with 1/2" t&g pine boards and vinyl. We foamed then from the…"
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Tony Hicks replied to Tony Hicks's discussion Slab-on-grade Insulation
"Great thought! I think that would work. I'll have to put the cost together and see where I…"
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Danny Gough replied to Tony Hicks's discussion Slab-on-grade Insulation
"This is a tough detail because the foam on the edge of a slab doesn't provide sufficient…"
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