"You haven't convinced us yet. To my knowledge there is not a replacement for IR, smoke, sight, and good old experiance. I use the blower door and IR to find air leaks in record time without using a ladder, but if I want to know how much leakage…"
Not somthing I try to locate but it I think it could be done witout too much trouble. With a gauge and some tubing a guy could go to different parts of the home (lowest point to highest and anything in between) and just take a house with…"
"Watch out for thermal barrier requirements in addition to your ignition barrier concerns. If a crawlspace is open or has access to a basement their may be code enforcement issues with some crawlspaces. To deal with this the choice is to not use foam…"
"For the cellulose and rigid I wouldn't worry about the foaming of penetrations unless they are big enough to have a blow out in the living space.
For the fiberglass and rigid, I think foaming the perimeter to seal off any leaks would be…"
"Sounds like a winner to me, you can skip the wire supports the house wrap should support the insulation just fine. Another option would be to loose the fiberglass and spray foam, and fasten ridgid foam (thermax) to the joists then dense pack with…"
"I use a smoke pen. It is great for draft, duct leakage, and general air leakage ID. The one drawback is that it smells like somthing is burning becasue it uses a a wick that is buring while giving off a steady stream of non-toxic smoke. I personally…"
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"Your going to want to get your hands on the NEC code. They don't prohibit the continued use of knob and tube but do prohibit insulation on or around this old wiring. Once you read that code language it will clear things up for you. DOE…"
"The attic floor is insulated and air sealed, we can all agree on that. We don't know the cavity depth so hard to say if enough R-value was added to slow down the heat loss enough to prevent the warming of the attic and then the ice dams as a…"
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