Recent Comments and Answered Questions on Lakesideca Advisor

  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 05:50 PM EDT
    John, I would check with the local code authority if I were you. Most houses have at least two doors, but that may be a convention rather than a code requirement.
  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 05:39 PM EDT
    Mitchell, My endorsement of California's measures to reduce CO2 emissions is not an endorsement of all California regulations. I agree that California needs to take steps to make housing more ...
  • Jonathan Lawrence CZ 4A New Jersey | May 25,2018 05:35 PM EDT
    Thanks for all the comments and I am now comfortable with the cantilever if we go that route. I finished placing the sub-slab EPS today so hopefully we will get this poured next week.
  • Jonathan Lawrence CZ 4A New Jersey | May 25,2018 05:32 PM EDT
    John - We did not want to go the wall mount route and we wanted individual room controls in certain rooms so a ducted zoning system seemed the way to go which will have higher static pressures ...
  • Mitchell Costa | May 25,2018 05:28 PM EDT
    Judging as an end user, some of the results in energy efficiency are great, but the overall permitting, taxes and fees involved when building a house in CA create such a burden, that many, ...
  • | May 25,2018 04:29 PM EDT
    " The problem is this project has low loads, large footprint and high static pressure so it really needs a multi-zone system." Sure, but Daikin also has the 8-zone MXS system: ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 04:22 PM EDT
    Emerson, For more information on do-it-yourself minisplit installations, see these links: Friedrich Pulls Back on DIY Minisplit Launch Dare ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 04:05 PM EDT
    Emerson, I'm not endorsing your idea. Frankly, you will probably find that it's difficult to get an HVAC contractor to agree to your plan. I used to be a contractor. Contractors provide ...
  • Emerson | May 25,2018 04:00 PM EDT
    Thanks Martin. Is there a best/are others reporting a best spot to purchase the unit?
  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 03:55 PM EDT
    Emerson, You need an HVAC professional certified for handling refrigerant tubing. You'll have to call up local HVAC contractors to see if any of them are willing to work with you on the ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 03:49 PM EDT
    Michael, There is a wind turbine installation about 4 miles from my house. The turbines are far more attractive to look at than a prison, from both an aesthetic and moral perspective. Perhaps ...
  • Michael | May 25,2018 03:23 PM EDT
    which may be valid, but completely contradict my experience. We have friends and relatives who live near two different wind farms in Wisconsin. One couldn't sell their home because the farm is ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 25,2018 03:08 PM EDT
    At a buck or more per square foot per inch (15-18 cents per R per square foot) R38 of closed cell foam is going to cost on the order of $6 per square foot, give or take. Holding the foam line ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 02:36 PM EDT
    Dana, You're right, of course. While R-38 = R-38, the closed cell spray foam is thinner, so it leaves more rafter sticking out, exposed. The mineral wool covers more of the rafters, and therefore ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 25,2018 01:53 PM EDT
    "You'll get the same performance from R-38 of mineral wool as you will from R-38 of spray foam -- assuming you know how to prevent air leaks." Sort of, maybe, but not really. That's only true ...
  • | May 25,2018 12:17 PM EDT
    Thanks Dana and Martin. This is super helpful.
  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 11:58 AM EDT
    Stephen, While it's true that framers in northern New England aren't starting at $28 per hour, there are many electrical contractors looking to hire electricians, many plumbing contractors ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 25,2018 11:53 AM EDT
    Jason, Q. "Even in this location (which has about 2000 annual heating degree days & 2000 cooling) you do see the closed-cell foam as a prudent investment?" A. I wasn't implying that ...
  • stephen sheehy | May 25,2018 11:40 AM EDT
    Union apprenticeships are great, but by no means readily available, especially outside large cities. The example given, of the young guy who is in the NW Ironworkers union, is an exception. Where ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 25,2018 11:35 AM EDT
    Wilmington is zone 3A. The IRC 2013 calls out R38, but local code may be based on earlier versions. At 3" or more closed cell foam becomes structural, and at R30 (4.5" of HFO blown 2lb foam, or ...
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