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  • Malcolm Taylor | May 24,2018 11:16 AM EDT
    Make me think the new ventilation requirements in our building code got it right. They require a balanced ventilation system, with supply to each bedroom and to the living area, and exhaust from ...
  • John Clark | May 24,2018 11:04 AM EDT
    I basically agree and I'd like to add that the young workers of today face the prospect of having to acquire ever more specialization which does not always transfer into other fields when the ...
  • Robert Opaluch | May 24,2018 10:37 AM EDT
    Personally I both did construction and went far with my education. Agree that many people would be better off in construction, especially something like electrician or finish carpenter to ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 10:12 AM EDT
    Thanks, Yupster. Keep those comments coming.
  • | May 24,2018 10:01 AM EDT
    Pre-drill a hole, insert a piece (or pieces) of copper wire, hammer in an spiral nail. Classic method of securing to concrete. Cheap too. Would provide good shear strength and when it's done ...
  • | May 24,2018 09:41 AM EDT
    ....when I scrolled down the past article and saw Post #41 ;) "41. FEB 8, 2018 12:11 PM ET Of note may be why this product was previously discouraged in its ...
  • Robert Opaluch | May 24,2018 09:20 AM EDT
    Your concern about lack of daylighting is warranted, given your overcast winters you describe. You or your architect can calculate the amount of light from windows in each direction. Using ...
  • Jon R | May 24,2018 09:14 AM EDT
    I live with a little condensation at times, but some other options: 1) insulate/air seal outside of pipes 2) mix in a little hot water 3) reduce interior dew point
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 09:09 AM EDT
    Kevin, Thanks for sharing your experience. I appreciate it. Now that you've gotten the ball rolling, I hope to hear from other readers -- especially if any readers have had better luck than ...
  • | May 24,2018 09:02 AM EDT
    Hi Martin, I've done 2 home projects recently that involved attaching either 2x4's on to a brick/mortar parged wall, or a 2x6 flat on bricks as a sill to mount to. I used a hammer drill for the ...
  • Brian Just | May 24,2018 08:38 AM EDT
    There is some thoughtful discussion here. A lot of the questions raised already have great answers given by others. I'll add a few notes: - I hesitate to make sweeping discussions based on 30 or ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 07:59 AM EDT
    Peter, The rafters don't appear to be hewn, although they may be rough-sawn (see enlarged photo below). I'm guessing that the roof framing and slates are newer than the stone house. The rafters, ...
  • Peter Engle | May 24,2018 07:52 AM EDT
    Phil, Show us more pictures. Everyone is jealous. The photo you should looks like a tile floor, and roofing that comes almost down to floor level. Is this the attic? It looks almost like ...
  • Phil Jamison | May 24,2018 07:38 AM EDT
    Thanks for your reply and the French terms, Martin. Any insulation would improve this space. When the sun shines, it's hot. When the wind blows, cold. I describe it as a Tiny House (a term the ...
  • Jonathan Lawrence CZ 4A New Jersey | May 24,2018 07:09 AM EDT
    Dana, Thanks for the response. Size wise, we are at a 4-ton unit at the design temp, (high R, but large footprint) and without the Hyperheat, Mitsubishi wants to have 2 - 48kbtu PUMY's to meet ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 05:20 AM EDT
    Arden, Q. "R-49 is the minimum insulation we discussed above, but what would you recommend for a total R-Value in this ceiling for zone 7?" A. From a building science perspective, anything in ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 04:56 AM EDT
    Neo, First of all, can you tell us your name? Q. "Can the supply plenum simply be a 4-inch length between the unit and the trim/grille?" A. As far as I know, the answer is yes. Q. "Same ...
  • John Prospect | May 24,2018 04:56 AM EDT
    David, Thanks for the mention of the CSV. I had not heard of it and have found the information online quite interesting. The company makes a good case for how it works. I would be curious how ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 24,2018 04:50 AM EDT
    Phil, First of all, I envy you. I imagine it's a beautiful building. Second, it's important for you (a) to comply with all local regulations, of which I am ignorant, and (b) to get local ...
  • | May 24,2018 12:15 AM EDT
    Martin, Thank you for your reply. Funny you mentioned it, but I actually did read the 'Plan Ahead for Insulation' article prior to building. Here's the sad part... every contractor I talked ...
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