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What is the best propane direct vent wall furnace available?
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We are getting ready to do a major overhaul to about half of our house.  We currently heat with an old wood furnace tied to an oil furnace setup.  The house originally had no insulation and this…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Lasicki Feb 23, 2012.

Dense Packed Cellulose in Steel Studs?
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We have a customer that wants us to blow a wall made with steel studs. We can use either cellulose or fiberglass material. How do I attached the web to the studs?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Maloney Apr 21, 2011.

What is the R Value of a 2x6 dense packed cellulose wall?
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I am reviewing the requirements of the new Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code that goes into effect 12/1/2010.  The required R value for a wood framed wall is R20. If I assume the Dense Packed…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Al Maloney Nov 26, 2010.

 

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Al Maloney replied to Al Maloney's discussion What is the best propane direct vent wall furnace available?
"Steven, Thanks for the response.  The floor plan will be very open when I am done. Just the common living/kitchen area, 1 bedroom and a bath room that I want to keep warm. The two other rooms at the far end of the house can be cooler and not…"
Feb 23, 2012
Al Maloney replied to Al Maloney's discussion What is the best propane direct vent wall furnace available?
"Joseph, I am leaning toward a Rinnai.  The literature says that the ES38-P has a modulating gas valve with 8 settings and a multi speed fan.  This should let it adjust to the load as it changes.  I am not sure how much the efficiency…"
Feb 23, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Al Maloney's discussion What is the best propane direct vent wall furnace available?
"Do the loads first, have some one do a room by room load, that will give you the total load but will also give you airflow to each room needed for comfort.   A 1400 sq ft house, airflow to far rooms will be a larger problem than the amount…"
Feb 23, 2012
Joseph Lamy replied to Al Maloney's discussion What is the best propane direct vent wall furnace available?
"Hey Al, the Rinnai ES38-P looks like a winner. All the reviews seem quite thoroughly positive, and the company seems a solid one. Best of luck not overheating, especially if you're going to R-28 walls where you now have zilch. Maybe you'd…"
Feb 23, 2012
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What is the best propane direct vent wall furnace available?

We are getting ready to do a major overhaul to about half of our house.  We currently heat with an old wood furnace tied to an oil furnace setup.  The house originally had no insulation and this setup struggled to keep the house at 65 on cold days here in Maine. We burned cloe to a cord or wood a week when it was really cold.I air sealed and insulated the attic to R50 and insulated the rim joist and top 4' of the basement a couple of years ago. Now it is a challenge to keep the fire low enough…See More
Feb 22, 2012
Al Maloney replied to Al Maloney's discussion Dense Packed Cellulose in Steel Studs?
"Thanks to all that replied. It is an exterior basement wall. We don't get to decide how it is built, we just get to insulate it. We have decided to blow these cavities after the drywall is hung. They are installing 2" Blue Board against…"
Apr 21, 2011
Allan Bullis replied to Al Maloney's discussion Dense Packed Cellulose in Steel Studs?
"I would either damp spray cellulose or install the interior drywall and then blow it.  Problem is that you are doing it blind but if well documented before drywall, it should still be able to be done properly."
Apr 21, 2011
Robert H replied to Al Maloney's discussion Dense Packed Cellulose in Steel Studs?
"Is this an interior wall and the insulation is for sound.  Using steel in an exerior wall result in a very inefficient wall even when insualted."
Apr 21, 2011
Al Maloney posted a discussion

Dense Packed Cellulose in Steel Studs?

We have a customer that wants us to blow a wall made with steel studs. We can use either cellulose or fiberglass material. How do I attached the web to the studs?
Apr 18, 2011
Al Maloney replied to Al Maloney's discussion What is the R Value of a 2x6 dense packed cellulose wall?
"Thanks for the reply Scott. I found that on the National Fiber site after I posted the message. What approach do you plan to take to get R49 in a cathedral ceiling where the slope area is greater than 500 ft2 or 20% of the total ceiling area?"
Nov 26, 2010
Scott cragun replied to Al Maloney's discussion What is the R Value of a 2x6 dense packed cellulose wall?
"According to National Fiber's website a 2 x 6 wall at 5.5 " thick has an R value of R20 when dense packed at 3.5 lbs per cubic foot. The reason the Code has a minimum wall insulation requirement of R20 is because thats as good as it gets…"
Nov 25, 2010
Al Maloney posted a discussion

What is the R Value of a 2x6 dense packed cellulose wall?

I am reviewing the requirements of the new Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code that goes into effect 12/1/2010.  The required R value for a wood framed wall is R20. If I assume the Dense Packed Cellulose has an R value of 3.4 per inch and a 2x6 is really only 5.5" deep, then 5.5" of cellulose is only R18.7 which doesn't quite meet the standard.I could put in R21 fiberglass and meet the standard, but I am sure the cellulose would out perform the glass in the real world.How does everyone else…See More
Nov 23, 2010
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