Cory Chovanec
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Air sampling low pressure two part foam
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Can anyone share their experience with air sampling of low pressure 2 part foam in residential homes? I'm about 20 hours into reading endless amounts of information relating to the hazards and need…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Sullivan Nov 1, 2013.


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Bob Sullivan replied to Cory Chovanec's discussion Air sampling low pressure two part foam
"InsulSmart is a two-part aminoplast interior foam insulation offered by cfiFOAM, Inc. based in Knoxville, TN. InsulSmart - when tested per ASTM D-5116 @ "full chamber"-  showed low emissions rapidly declining from 24.6 ppb @…"
Nov 1, 2013
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Air sampling low pressure two part foam

Can anyone share their experience with air sampling of low pressure 2 part foam in residential homes? I'm about 20 hours into reading endless amounts of information relating to the hazards and need help  Anybody had any experience with OSHA or PELS of typical retrofits?See More
Oct 31, 2013
Cory Chovanec replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion Domestic HWH diverter missing, or just different?
"Rob- It might be a direct vent mobile home water heater installed in a house. This is only a guess but check underneath the water heater and look for a opening. "
Sep 27, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Damien Herold's discussion Tired of climbing ladders and reaching to find air leaks during blower door test I have a solution!!!
"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…"
Sep 27, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to John Brooks's discussion Locating the Neutral Pressure Plane
"John- 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…"
Sep 17, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Caleb Simon's discussion Spray Foam and 2009 IRC codes? Your interpretation?
"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…"
May 4, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Handling An Interesting Crawl Space
"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…"
Apr 20, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Handling An Interesting Crawl Space
"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…"
Apr 20, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Smoke puffers in the group Tools of the Trade
"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…"
Mar 10, 2012
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Mar 10, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Tom Strumolo's discussion Knob and tube
"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…"
Feb 25, 2012
Cory Chovanec replied to Cierra Mooney's discussion BPI's February Stump the Chump in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"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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Feb 3, 2012

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Quality assurance in various residential efficiency programs, air sealing and blower door diagnostics.

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At 7:33pm on February 6, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

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