"If you must eliminate the drainage plane, you might consider using one of the WRB's (make sure it's also an air barrier) that are designed to 'hold out' the siding -- Tyvek Stucco Wrap, or Benjamin Obdyke…"
"Sean is spot on.
I would only add that the best bang from your residing dollar will come as a result of a VERY CAREFUL installation of the WRB, and all the associated components -- taping the seams, carefully sealing around existing windows and…"
The article says "If a customer has certain expectations and those expectations are met, then he would deem the training event successful. This basic idea is the framework for the concept of ROE. If a training designer has…"
"It's encouraging to see training in the HP area begin to recognize new approaches such as "flipping the classroom," blended training and the latest buzz, performance-based...
And as a company trying to stay abreast and integrate these…"
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"Good feedback David, which is the point, after all. And your last tip about sealing when wall-to-wall carpeting is being removed/replaced is precisely what I was trying to provoke. .
And interestingly, you allude to another "target of…"
This will never work with finish carpenters as they have different criteria to judge their work. For an example - check out the This Is Carpentry instruction on installing baseboard trim and inside/outside miters. It is sometimes necessary to…"
There's a really well produced online magazine called ThisIsCarpentry (http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/) that promotes the craft of trim carpentry -- "Honor Your Craft." The website's opening carousel featured a photo of baseboard being installed, and it struck me that a trim carpenter might be in a position to make a difference -- from an air sealing point of view -- if they took the time to carefully apply caulk or sealant in the gap between floor…See More
"I think it's not a waste of labor, it just represents a new way of looking at the work for some. Look at the potential return on investment over the life of the home in reduced energy use, reduced carbon footprint, and non-energy…"
Thanks for the feedback. I guess I was thinking the trim carpenter (what I did in another lifetime and for a LOT less hourly wage) would apply caulk/sealant behind the trim, not where a painter typically does at the edge/interface. Of…"
"It would help in various ways such as energy and keeping out insects. The thing is who will pay for the extra time and materials. Say on an 1800 sq/ft ranch, it could easily cost $1,800 to do a aforementioned caulking job. Also, it is the painter…"
If it's at the trim carpentry stage, the carpenter could be working to a finished wood floor, or directly to a subfloor or underlayment. And you are correct, in those cases you wouldn't know if air sealing had been done prior.…"
"I am actually curious by what you mean from the floor to the wall - if they can see that the bottom plate wasn't caulked to the subfloor, then yes as long as they don't impeded the expansion or contraction of the flooring materials (esp.…"
"Good point. It might take a time and motion study to determine if it's faster for the trim carpenter to apply a bead, or to have the "laborer" do it. Then there'd be the issue of the hardened bead itself causing headaches for the…"
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