Recent Comments and Answered Questions on Lakesideca Advisor

  • Martin Holladay | Jan 15,2018 10:14 AM EST
    Kathleen, There are several issues here. Issue 1 is that synthetic stone over OSB or plywood is quite risky. That's not to say that it's impossible to do correctly; merely to say that there have ...
  • Kathleen J | Jan 15,2018 10:03 AM EST
    Yes, new construction. The windows with integral J channel are the slider type windows (that fold inside to help clean, etc). The windows with Brick Molding and integral J Channel do not ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 15,2018 09:33 AM EST
    Kathleen, Is this a new house? Why did you order two types of windows -- some with J-channel and some with brickmold? Did you install new windows before installing your cladding -- and ...
  • Lance Peters | Jan 15,2018 09:31 AM EST
    David G., looking forward to the results of your blower door testing!
  • Lance Peters | Jan 15,2018 09:30 AM EST
    1. 1/2" drywall is cheaper than OSB 2. Typical mud/paper drywall joints can crack Given these two points along with the fact that Jerry is planning a service cavity where the upper layer will ...
  • Kathleen J | Jan 15,2018 09:29 AM EST
    We have vinyl windows installed, some with integral J Channel and some with Brick Molding and integral J Channel. On one wall of the home, we plan to instead install synthetic stone. I have been ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 15,2018 09:28 AM EST
    Kathleen, The first thread hasn't been closed. It's still there. I posted an answer there on January 8. I suggest that you and all future commenters return to the original thread and post your ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 15,2018 09:26 AM EST
    Lance, My standard advice on double stud wall details can be found in an article called “How to Design a Wall.” Here's what I wrote in that article: "Experts ...
  • Lance Peters | Jan 15,2018 08:49 AM EST
    Is there a place to get detailed COP/output/temperature charts for both Mitsubishi and Fujitsu hyper heat ASHP products? Comparing the two based on published specs is very difficult for really ...
  • Alexander Lane | Jan 15,2018 08:45 AM EST
    Thanks Dana; I was thinking about interlocking, floating vinyl tiles....decent choice?
  • Lance Peters | Jan 15,2018 08:40 AM EST
    Ah, a mistake I make often... I will try to remember to use the term "vapor retarder" from now on. So I need to re-post my question, worded properly: If there's no vapor retarder being used ...
  • Dana Dorsett | Jan 15,2018 08:31 AM EST
    If you're putting (moisture suceptible) wood on the slab the case for insulating the slab goes WAY up. Summertime outdoor dew points (and your ventilation air) in MA average in the mid-60s F, ...
  • Alexander Lane | Jan 15,2018 08:13 AM EST
    Oh wait, the No Mold Finished Basement article says vinyl is a bad choice because it traps moisture. And I was starting to think it would be a good choice because it does not support mold growth. ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 15,2018 08:11 AM EST
    Alexander, If you want to install floor tile directly to the rigid foam, you will need to install a material called polystyrene tile backerboard (usually used for showers). Brands include FinPan ...
  • Alexander Lane | Jan 15,2018 07:58 AM EST
    Thank you, thank you Martin and Andy. Any idea if you can put something like luxury vinyl tile DIRECTLY over 1/2" or 1" of rigid foam? I would like a softer, warmer floor but I just don't have the ...
  • Jerry Liebler | Jan 15,2018 06:53 AM EST
    All, THANK YOU! Martin, you didn't mention the cost of materials where drywall is about 1/3 the cost of OSB just for the sheets and way less expensive for the sealing materials. In addition ...
  • Jerry Liebler | Jan 15,2018 06:34 AM EST
    Martin, Thank you. BUT a simple duct system with an H pattern with 4 branches @ 22"x 3" and a trunk @ 26" 6" using less than best " design" where the branches intersect the trunk by ...
  • David Goodyear | Jan 15,2018 06:12 AM EST
    Martin, you're right! OSB is heavy, and was much easier to apply using a drywall lift! I have seen the article on the air tightness of OSB...and even though I did a lot of research about the ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 15,2018 06:07 AM EST
    David, Neither OSB nor drywall is foolproof. When used as a ceiling air barrier, each has advantages and disadvantages. But I would rather use drywall rather than OSB. OSB is heavy; I think ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 15,2018 05:50 AM EST
    Emerson, As you say, it's a moot point. I think it's a good idea to fill the full depth of the perimeter gap with canned spray foam rather then just trying to seal to top of the gap (leaving an ...
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