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Porcine Cosmetology: Putting Lipstick on the Pig
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    You may or may not share my absolute confidence that every possibly accessible bit of fossil fuel will be used up eventually because the global market will demand it.  You may or may not share my…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Eggleton Jan 11, 2011.

link to "Most Buildings Don’t Work Properly, Who Cares?"
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Glen Gallo Jan 2, 2011.

 

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Ed Voytovich replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion UV light in Furnace?
"I bought the UV lights and found myself replacing the expensive bulbs way more often than one would expect.  I do not recommend the UV component unless there were a realistic possibility that it "might" (emphasize "MIGHT")…"
Mar 20
Ed Voytovich replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
"Ethan . . . insulation is only the half of it:  it's especially important to do a good job of air sealing. If your wood burning stove takes its combustion air from inside the house, infiltration from inadequately air sealed details will…"
Mar 9
Ed Voytovich replied to Ethan Bodnaruk's discussion Insulating with *Updated* (an oxymoron, right!) knob and tube wiring
" Ethan . . . 1929 is pretty late for knob and tube in new construction; it would be possible for a home inspector or even some electricians who are not experienced in homes of this vintage to mistake the heavy fabric jacketing on some types of…"
Mar 6
Ed Voytovich replied to Scott Willenbrock's discussion clothes dryer: vented or ventless? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"One wonders whether the chlorine in the detergent and the fabric softener might not combine with the hydrogen in the wash water to create a modest but nevertheless undesirable presence of Hydrochloric acid in your indoor air.  "
Jan 10
Bud Poll commented on Ed Voytovich's blog post The Cult of the Blower Door
"Darn I love a challenge, but Colin is correct, unless you can take control of what you need to do it would be a mistake to guess with less.  A blower door is to us just as a stethoscope is to a doctor.  It lets us check the building's…"
Nov 29, 2013
Colin Genge commented on Ed Voytovich's blog post The Cult of the Blower Door
"Your response was totally reasonable and your clients was not.  Yet, how would he have reacted to a challenge from you something like "well so far you've spent about $xxxx dollars per year in wasted energy and if you don't get…"
Nov 28, 2013
Georg Reichard commented on Ed Voytovich's blog post The Cult of the Blower Door
"Thanks for sharing your story - entertaining (though admittedly not for you) and I believe very representative in regard to the misconception of "popular" equipment. I will share this with my students ... ... regarding infrared camera:…"
Nov 8, 2013
Ed Voytovich posted a blog post

The Cult of the Blower Door

A homeowner was referred to me as someone who might be able to help him solve a serious moisture problem in his home here in Central New York.  The caller’s home started out in the 1950s as what we near the Adirondacks refer to as a “camp,” but it had been greatly expanded and improved over the years, and such places are often really lovely. He mentioned that the moisture problem is so severe that he has a commercial dehumidifier going 24/7/365 (366 in leap year), and he “sometimes opens all…See More
Nov 8, 2013
Tom replied to Ed Voytovich's discussion "Darn it, honey! The squirrel's over-done again." in the group Hall of Shame
"Playing Santa Claus? I've wondered how, if I ever had kids, I would explain that, "Yes, we have a chimney; but no, we don't have a fire place; the chimney comes out in the furnace and the water heater vent. So logically, Santa must…"
Mar 21, 2013
Ron Jones replied to Ed Voytovich's discussion "Darn it, honey! The squirrel's over-done again." in the group Hall of Shame
"You have raised the bar for WTF? The real question for building scientists is, did he/she die of CO poisoning, or heat exhaustion?"
Mar 14, 2013
Guy DuBois replied to Ed Voytovich's discussion "Darn it, honey! The squirrel's over-done again." in the group Hall of Shame
"Looks like you stumbled into some kind of Voodoo Ritual Site!  "
Mar 14, 2013
Ed Voytovich replied to Ed Voytovich's discussion "Darn it, honey! The squirrel's over-done again." in the group Hall of Shame
"When I first walked into the basement and looked at the top of the water heater I did a double take and said to the auditor I was with,  "Hmmmmm.  Doesn't that look an awful lot like a vertabra?"  I rapped my knuckles…"
Mar 14, 2013
Nick Helmholdt replied to Ed Voytovich's discussion "Darn it, honey! The squirrel's over-done again." in the group Hall of Shame
"Is that a skull?"
Mar 14, 2013
tedkidd replied to Ed Voytovich's discussion "Darn it, honey! The squirrel's over-done again." in the group Hall of Shame
"Ed, you are a funny mf.  Lunch on me next time!  (Promise it won't be squirrel) Feels like this category is starting to get competitive! How about the back story? "
Mar 14, 2013
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Mar 14, 2013
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Mar 14, 2013

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Advocacy for the understanding and importance of applied building science at every level of the conception, regulation, creation, sale, and occupation of the built environment.

I approach the industry not from the point of view of a contractor, a scientist, an engineer, or a technician, but from the perspective of a humanist intellectual who has made learning a lifetime occupation. This sometimes leads to interesting perspectives that may be of value to others.
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The Cult of the Blower Door

A homeowner was referred to me as someone who might be able to help him solve a serious moisture problem in his home here in Central New York.  The caller’s home started out in the 1950s as what we near the Adirondacks refer to as a “camp,” but it had been greatly expanded and improved over the years, and such places are often really lovely.

 

He mentioned that the moisture problem is so severe that he has a commercial dehumidifier going 24/7/365 (366 in leap year), and he…

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Posted on November 8, 2013 at 8:49am — 3 Comments

NOx NOx "Who's There?"

 

 

"Ellie." "Ellie who?"  "The Elephant in the living room."

 

The elephant in our room is NOx, and elephants eat a lot.  Then they poop.  A lot. We need to watch where we step. 

 

As technicians following the BPI Standards, we test for CO in the flue as well as in the ambient air as part of any audit where there are combustion appliances.  Imagine my surprise when my new…

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Posted on March 21, 2012 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

Old Saws

    No, I’m not thinking of your grandfather’s hand saw . . . the one that cuts on the push stroke instead of on the pull stroke like the excellent Japanese hand saws. 

 

   Nor am I thinking of the beautiful (cast aluminum?) circular saws made by Rockwell right here in Syracuse for many years, but long since largely replaced by inexpensive tools made out of plastic and chewing gum.

(There are of course plenty of…

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Posted on January 28, 2012 at 12:46pm — 5 Comments

Ridge Vent . . . and Nothing But the Ridge

Can anyone convince me that this picture shows anything other than the fact that the ventilation provided here is effective only in the first five inches down from the ridge? And yes, there is continuous soffit venting that is baffled and open to the…

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Posted on December 29, 2011 at 12:20pm — 13 Comments

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At 9:23am on October 26, 2010, Diane Chojnowski said…
Hi Ed,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros!

Carol tells me that you have a wonderful blog and we hope that you will share it here. Feel free to put links back to your site in your blog. Feel free to join or start a forum discussion or group and post your videos and events here for the community.

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