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High Density Foam -- Any Incidents of Cracking in Frame Walls as Studs Dry/Twist?
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Just had a convo with a cold climate builder who said he has had concerns about the viability of the continuity of the air/vapour barrier created by using high-density foam in frame walls where…Continue

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Richard Beyer replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion High Density Foam -- Any Incidents of Cracking in Frame Walls as Studs Dry/Twist?
"Shawna foam pulling away from the studs due to over application will cause spontaneous combustion or core burn. A poor mix will cause splitting of the foam and noxcious odors.…"
Jul 31
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion High Density Foam -- Any Incidents of Cracking in Frame Walls as Studs Dry/Twist?
"Well if budget dictates one uses wet / green wood, said budget had better dictate drying time as no product should be installed until everything is dried out The issue isn't the product, it is improper application"
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"Well, it's part of Selkirk's chimney or venting package, and "may be installed within an Attic Insulation Shield, a Wall Thimble or a Cathedral Ceiling Support" as  a way to reduce air leakage at that nastiest of places:…"
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Shawna Henderson replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion High Density Foam -- Any Incidents of Cracking in Frame Walls as Studs Dry/Twist?
"...apart from installation issues, I mean. Have asked a few questions of one Net Zero builder who is using high-density foam and he pointed to installation QA/QC problems with +2" layers being sprayed, or layers are being sprayed without enough…"
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High Density Foam -- Any Incidents of Cracking in Frame Walls as Studs Dry/Twist?

Just had a convo with a cold climate builder who said he has had concerns about the viability of the continuity of the air/vapour barrier created by using high-density foam in frame walls where budget dictates non-kiln-dried framing materials. Once the foam has set, and the wood starts to dry out, he has seen the studs twist and cup and significant cracks develop at the junction between the studs and the foam, and in some cases throughout the foam itself.Although he didn't tell me if he'd done…See More
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"Posted on Forum: anyone had probs with cracks in 2lb foam in stud cavities/impact air/vapour barrier? Got blower door figs/ACH delta?"
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High Density Foam -- Any Incidents of Cracking in Frame Walls as Studs Dry/Twist?

Just had a convo with a cold climate builder who said he has had concerns about the viability of the continuity of the air/vapour barrier created by using high-density foam in frame walls where budget dictates non-kiln-dried framing materials. Once the foam has set, and the wood starts to dry out, he has seen the studs twist and cup and significant cracks develop at the junction between the studs and the foam, and in some cases throughout the foam itself.Although he didn't tell me if he'd done…See More
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"Reading the manual helps me to learn the proper way to proceed. Most of the time it's not easy to keep reading. "The Manual". But this one is funny! Thank you!"
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Who reads the manual? Hiss and Poop are abnormal Phenomenon

I had no idea heat pumps were such poop and kak generators.See More
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Who reads the manual? Hiss and Poop are abnormal Phenomenon

I had no idea heat pumps were such poop and kak generators.

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