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In this group, members share an array of images from the field, showing the kinds of issues encountered by home performance professionals in real homes. Each tells a story of how hidden (but fixable) problems in homes can cause high energy bills.

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Easy Water Heater Venting 21 Replies

Started by Kari Sauder. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jan 18.

Thank-less water heater 12 Replies

Started by Andy Simms. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jun 13, 2013.

Easiest way to convert 2"x10" into 2"x5"! 4 Replies

Started by Greg Labbe. Last reply by Bill Smith May 2, 2013.

It just isn't heating like it used to. 7 Replies

Started by Doug Pearl. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Apr 25, 2013.

Return Possum

Started by Stefan Peter-Contesse Apr 25, 2013.

This is what was behind by an inexperienced home performance contractor 4 Replies

Started by Andy Simms. Last reply by Kari Sauder Apr 6, 2013.

Spillage used as pest control to keep spiders away. 2 Replies

Started by Andy Simms. Last reply by Andy Simms Mar 26, 2013.

Add a Supply 3 Replies

Started by Tripp Pankey. Last reply by John Nicholas Mar 25, 2013.

Where shouldn't thermostats be? 5 Replies

Started by Guy DuBois. Last reply by Ed Minch Mar 25, 2013.

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Comment by Doug Krahl on March 31, 2013 at 9:28pm

Client had a window/weatherization company do a FREE energy audit with only a laser thermometer in their toolbox. They promised a 50% reduction in energy savings with this type of air sealing in rim joist. Did nothing with the attic or address the whole house box fan. I’ll be adding more Pixs soon.

Comment by Kent Mitchell on March 25, 2013 at 6:34pm

Wood is good!  More wood is even better!!! :D

Comment by tedkidd on March 14, 2013 at 12:25pm

Ty, that's AWESOME!!  Guess they got the pitch wrong....

Once that 800 lb condensate iceberg topples into the building it might be a problem.  lol.

Comment by Tyler Golberg on March 14, 2013 at 12:17pm

Altough this isn't yet a problem, it is kind of funny how high this ice mound has grown from this exhaust vent.

Exhaust vent ice mountain.jpg

Comment by Doug Pearl on August 10, 2012 at 10:19am

BTW, that is the hot water tank vent.

Comment by Doug Pearl on August 10, 2012 at 10:18am

I see things like this and just shake my head.

Comment by Doug Pearl on August 10, 2012 at 10:17am

Comment by Evan Mills on December 1, 2011 at 9:26pm
Comment by Evan Mills on February 1, 2011 at 4:05pm
Post your horror stories from multifamily buildings---> here
Comment by John Nicholas on January 7, 2011 at 8:58pm

Gas fired DHW.  This is the attic floor, and the pilot assembly is at eye level in a kitchen cabinet. Below is the top, note the flue!

 

 

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