Dmitri A Martin
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Square Recessed Lights
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Can anyone recommend a low cost method for dealing with square recessed lights?   We find them often in soffits above kitchen sinks on eave exterior walls. In our experience:There usually isn't…Continue

Tags: Sealing, Air, Lights, Recessed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jan 2.

Home Performance Demographics
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I own a small home performance business in Wisconsin. We have been fortunate to keep booked over the last 3 years by tapping into large contracts. As a result we have not had to spend much time on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joshua Moore Mar 7, 2014.

Spray Foam Liability
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According to the EPA, exposures to spray foam's key ingredient, isocyanates, and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Navin Feb 14, 2012.

Ambient Combustable Gas
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I recently audited a home and found my gas leak detector (TIF 8800A) went off when I entered the home.  This was the first time I noticed it doing this happening on the homes I've tested to date. I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Barrett Jan 6, 2012.

 

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Dmitri A Martin replied to Kirsten Richnavsky's discussion Let's Play Stump the Chump! in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"I don't see Doug Horgan, Nathan Winkler, Silas Hoeppner or Ray Levinson listed as someone who posted an answer in the discussion thread.  On my computer screen it looks like Bryan Burris is the only person posting that answer.  How…"
Aug 17
Dmitri A Martin replied to Kirsten Richnavsky's discussion Let's Play Stump the Chump! in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"The detectors could have been giving false positive readings due to cleaning chemicals as it is customary to clean the house in preparation for the evening.  Stick your Bacharach Monaoxor III in a bottle of Pine Sol and you will see what I mean."
Aug 3
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Dennis Heidner replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"Extend the wire, remove box, insulate and use track wiring?  move to round recessed lights,   or look at some of the 2'x2' LED panels...."
Jan 2
reflintorm replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"I think, LED caulk is one of the alternative and best option which will be suitable for our budget. As per your interest you may select it. If I found any alternative options, I inform you at any time. led reflector design "
Dec 31
Dmitri A Martin replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion Workflow processes
"I have found that a CRM system is important for capturing and storing client info.  Then I use autohotkey to transfer this info into various documents and automate multiple processes."
Dec 4, 2014
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Square Recessed Lights

Can anyone recommend a low cost method for dealing with square recessed lights?   We find them often in soffits above kitchen sinks on eave exterior walls. In our experience:There usually isn't enough head room to build a drywall or cement board box around them.The prefabricated covers don't leave enough clearance around the larger housings and the headroom factor often prevents sealing covers anyway.We've replaced the units with air-tight housings but they are expensive, often require new…See More
May 6, 2014
Glen Gallo replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"always hard to solve what you cannot see. I use a method which for lack of a better term I call a Popsicle in tight areas such as this. I cut a piece plywood or drywall wide enough to cover most of the hole but slim enough to get between rafters.…"
May 6, 2014
Dmitri A Martin replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"If it was my house, I'd be completely comfortable with the LED and insulating over the housing.  In fact, I'm debating offering it as a solution for clients so long as they are willing to accept the risk.  In this case, the days…"
May 5, 2014
Dmitri A Martin replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"That's our standard approach but it's just too difficult in the eaves with a 3/12 pitch roof."
May 5, 2014
Glen Gallo replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"This makes allot of sense access in those areas is always tight but if it could be done it makes everything easy. As I mentioned with sealing the light and you point out lack of the ability to insulate is an issue. I would not insulate around it,…"
May 5, 2014
Glen Gallo replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"agreed"
May 4, 2014
George J. Nesbitt replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"Can you create an air barrier (5/8" drywall or 1/2" ply) at the ceiling level? eliminating the soffit, and the need to air seal, baffel, and insulate around the fixture?"
May 4, 2014
Dmitri A Martin replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"I like your second idea although there is still a fire hazard potential if we insulate around the fixture and someone replaces the bulb in the future."
May 4, 2014
Glen Gallo replied to Dmitri A Martin's discussion Square Recessed Lights
"I don't think there is an easy answer for this. It might be cheaper to cut it out and replace with a can IC AT can and do the repair. The other idea which I do not even know if I would recommend it is to remove the trim cover remove the glass…"
May 4, 2014
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Square Recessed Lights

Can anyone recommend a low cost method for dealing with square recessed lights?   We find them often in soffits above kitchen sinks on eave exterior walls. In our experience:There usually isn't enough head room to build a drywall or cement board box around them.The prefabricated covers don't leave enough clearance around the larger housings and the headroom factor often prevents sealing covers anyway.We've replaced the units with air-tight housings but they are expensive, often require new…See More
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