Recent Comments and Answered Questions on Lakesideca Advisor

  • Jonathan Lawrence CZ 4A New Jersey | May 24,2018 07:27 PM EDT
    Dana, I did a quick Sketch-Up, which does a much better job of describing the issue than my written words. I did not add the stairs, but they are metal stairs that would be attached through ...
  • | May 24,2018 07:15 PM EDT
    Martin: Thanks. That makes sense. And I suppose that even if we're really careful with it, we couldn't guarantee that the next owners would be just as careful if we sell the house. Dana: Yes, ...
  • | May 24,2018 06:56 PM EDT
    Martin, Thanks so much for your responses. Have a good long weekend. Arden
  • | May 24,2018 06:50 PM EDT
    Thanks Dana. If I don't heat the basement (just seal it and insulate the rim/walls) should I install new batt insulation between the floor joists? Should I install a dehumidifier? And what do ...
  • | May 24,2018 06:46 PM EDT
    Daikin does have a number of smaller models -- is there something essential that the VRV line does that they do not?
  • Dana Dorsett | May 24,2018 06:17 PM EDT
    Some sort of secondary door/air lock/mudroom approach may work for creating a more continuous air barrier and keeping copious air leakage from occurring. Atlanta is the cool edge of zone 3, so ...
  • | May 24,2018 05:45 PM EDT
    Thanks for the info Martin and Dana. The house is in Atlanta so it's zone 3A, I think. The foundation walls are very, very irregular so I was thinking spray foam would be the way to go but I am ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 24,2018 05:28 PM EDT
    OK, how heavy is a poured concrete 3 riser staircase? It's minuscule compared to an 8" foundation wall with a house resting on top. Or maybe I'm not understanding the problem- a picture might ...
  • Jonathan Lawrence CZ 4A New Jersey | May 24,2018 05:08 PM EDT
    Dana, Its not so much the slab pressing on the foam that I am concerned about, but the stair compressing against the foam (plus drywall) where it will be attached to the wall. I guess once it ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 24,2018 04:32 PM EDT
    Why do you think it needs higher compressive strength? (It's not as if it's footing for an 8' tall concrete wall that's bearing the weight of the house or anything...)
  • Robert Hawthorne | May 24,2018 04:31 PM EDT
    My experience with ducted minisplits (mostly Mitsubishi) is that very short ductwork makes the unit's noise much more noticeable. Also, a filter is needed in the return ductwork prior to the unit.
  • Lance Peters | May 24,2018 04:23 PM EDT
    The Ecodrain V1000 series is very interesting. They are cheaper, have less flow losses and are more efficient (length for length) than what's currently on the market. They use multiple tubes ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 24,2018 02:51 PM EDT
    Rigid EPS or polyiso are greener and cheaper than closed cell polyurethane if the brick & CMU wall is flat enough. Closed cell foam is usually the best choice for the band joist and foundation ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 02:41 PM EDT
    J. Greene, The answer to your questions depends on your goals and your budget. If you want to improve your home's comfort, and you can afford improvements, the first step is to perform air ...
  • Lance Peters | May 24,2018 12:54 PM EDT
    L.T., the reason the compressor is running in your fridge is because the fridge absorbs heat from the room, warming its contents, so a large part of the heat you feel coming from under the fridge ...
  • | May 24,2018 12:46 PM EDT
    Thanks Martin. Definitely something I'll do before getting too far into the process! Cheers, Nick
  • Peter Yost | May 24,2018 12:26 PM EDT
    Point well taken - Robert Bean and his work on thermal comfort from a combined engineering and full spectrum of comfort is seminal. Thanks for recognizing him and his work.
  • Malcolm Taylor | May 24,2018 11:33 AM EDT
    Like Yupster I'd suggest adhesive when possible, especially when trying to attach to soft porous masonry. PL Premium Fast Grab is my favourite. After too many sheared-off heads I've given up ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 24,2018 11:32 AM EDT
    How thick is the closed cell foam in the attic? If it's only 2-3" (as is often the case with the "...that's all ya really need..." school foam installers) it needs more R value, and it would be ...
  • Malcolm Taylor | May 24,2018 11:27 AM EDT
    Robert, interesting and useful comments. Fortunately our building code has been amended to include both sensible ventilation and energy provisions that mean, in our temperate climate, if you ...
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