Recent Comments and Answered Questions on Lakesideca Advisor

  • Martin Holladay | Jan 14,2018 06:51 AM EST
    David, You can certainly install one of the wrinkled or bumpy housewraps (like Hydrogap or one of its cousins) if you want. These products don't really provide any ventilation drying, and their ...
  • bridgette downer | Jan 14,2018 06:38 AM EST
    Hi Martin, Thanks for the thorough response. Can I install tyvek or sturdier over the sheathing with those gaps or does it need a continuous solid surface? Is there a comparison chart ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 14,2018 06:28 AM EST
    Bridgette, You guessed correctly: you can't create an air barrier by attempting to fill each seam between your diagonal sheathing boards. There are three possible ways to create an exterior ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 14,2018 06:23 AM EST
    Emerson, You may want to read this article: Cut-and-Cobble Insulation. When using the cut-and-cobble method, it's usual to leave a gap at the perimeter of each piece ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 14,2018 06:09 AM EST
    Jerry, Q. "I'm wondering, should I locate the supply register(s) closer to or further from the supply? Further, I think, results in more even temperature but clearly results in more pressure ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 14,2018 06:00 AM EST
    Daune, Considering the evidence you cite -- frost on the roof sheathing visible in the attic -- you know that there are substantial air channels linking your damp basement with your attic. It's ...
  • | Jan 14,2018 12:16 AM EST
    Thanks, I agree, low U value and high VT seems the way to go. Those are impressive window numbers Jerry. What style and brand are they? Actually, my lot is in the north east corner of ...
  • bridgette downer | Jan 13,2018 10:51 PM EST
    Concrete patio is gone or close to it. Gonna hire out the sill plate replacement. I have an air sealing question. Can just ignore those 1" gaps btw the massive diagonal sheathing and focus on ...
  • David Baerg | Jan 13,2018 08:41 PM EST
    Hi Andrew, The problem with waterlogged insulation on the supply duct is a common one caused by the fact that the manufacturers of insulated flex duct typically use 2 mil poly as the vapour ...
  • Jerry Liebler | Jan 13,2018 03:19 PM EST
    THANK YOU Dana! Even though Sweden may well be richer than Kentucky, it is comparing median purchasing power but not income,, their thought process isn't disturbed by fond memory of the glory ...
  • Dana Dorsett | Jan 13,2018 02:01 PM EST
    That first picture sure looks like a "less than picture-perfect" installation, with lots of dunes & dips. Most pros would rake it out flat, and have multiple paper depth gauges to refer to. ...
  • Emerson W | Jan 13,2018 01:59 PM EST
    Martin, I've hired an experienced group - am simply monitoring progress and doing my best to ensure a high quality job. The complication in the slopes was unexpected, so we will have to ...
  • Dana Dorsett | Jan 13,2018 01:49 PM EST
    The 50 Hz & 60Hz grids in Japan are even (somewhat weakly) interconnected with massive inertial converters. Tokyo & further north & east are all on the 50Hz grid, delivered at both 100V and 200V ...
  • tom mayrand | Jan 13,2018 01:17 PM EST
    Find a plumber who works for himself with no employees....or retired and still working...or ask your neighbors...
  • John Sexton | Jan 13,2018 12:49 PM EST
    Thanks, Tom. Is there a way to hire a plumber with confidence that he could look at all of the issues and not just be a random kid the company sends out? Someone who could and would diagnose and ...
  • tom mayrand | Jan 13,2018 12:37 PM EST
    Yup, fixtures either not vented correctly, no trap on a fixture or perhaps wax seal on toilet......
  • Malcolm Taylor | Jan 13,2018 12:37 PM EST
    A waiver by the insulator seems quite reasonable. They aren't responsible for the structural integrity of the materials they work around. Tile installers do the same if they aren't comfortable ...
  • tom mayrand | Jan 13,2018 12:33 PM EST
    1..leaking relief valve....lift the lever on the valve to flush out the spring and seat...if it still leaks...replace it....15 bucks... 2...now that the relief valve is fixed turn up the temp ...
  • Jerry Liebler | Jan 13,2018 12:19 PM EST
    Dana, Thank you. But I really did know that & ignored it for the sake of brevity & as a possible excuse for our slow acceptance of energy saving technology such as heat pump clothes ...
  • Walter Ahlgrim | Jan 13,2018 12:14 PM EST
    My point is I can see both sides of this question. The drywall manufactures have no economic incentive to change their reconditions as the change is unlikely to increase product sales any ...
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