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Badly Installed Vapor Barrier

Badly installed vapor barrier lets warm air escape and allows moisture into the attic. Source: Home Energy magazine (January/February 20…

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 29, 2010

Missing Sheathing Board Inside Eaves

Carpenters left off the topmost exterior sheathing board inside the eaves. Source: Home Energy magazine (May/June 2009)

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 29, 2010

Unconnected Duct Grill

The opening for the grill of the return duct is not directly connected to the duct opening. Instead it is open to the wall cavity and the…

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 29, 2010

Severe Rooftop Ice-Damming

Severe rooftop ice-damming due to excessive heat loss through ceiling. Souce: Home Energy magazine (January/February 2010)

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 29, 2010

Ice Dam

Absence of snow shows lack of attic insulation. Meltwater has refrozen at the cold exterior eaves, creating an ice dam (and telltale icic…

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 29, 2010

Loosely Installed Wall Insulation

Loosely installed wall insulation settles over time, causing heat losses. Source: Home Energy magazine (January/February 2010)

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 29, 2010

Heat Losses Around Door Sill

Heat losses short-circuit a highly conductive aluminum door sill. Source: Home Energy magazine (May/June 2009)

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 29, 2010

Heat Losses Through Uninsulated Areas

Heat losses short-circuit through uninsulated areas where wall framing sits. Source: Home Energy magazine (May/June 2009)

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 27, 2010

Missing Wall Insulation

Missing wall insulation next to and below a window. Source: Home Energy magazine (September/October 2008)

Started by Diane Chojnowski

0 Sep 27, 2010

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