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  • Peter Engle | Jul 18,2018 08:28 AM EDT
    The reason for your very low friction loss is the very low flowrate and velocity with 6" duct. If you are targeting a friction loss of .1, you could use 5" flex duct instead of 6" flex, saving ...
  • Peter Engle | Jul 18,2018 08:02 AM EDT
    You should consider a wood pellet grill. My brother just bought one this summer and loves it. Starts and burns as easy as propane, but uses (and tastes like) real wood. The pellet manufacturer ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 06:13 AM EDT
    Carole, Your plan for the first-floor walls -- to try to "hook out as much fiberglass as possible" and then "install pourable closed cell foam" -- is not an approach I would recommend. Both of ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 06:09 AM EDT
    Carole, Your plan for the cathedral ceilings will work, but open-cell spray foam is not the only option. Moreover, your plan to install XPS on the interior is not ideal from an environmental ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 06:03 AM EDT
    Carole, Q. "If I have minisplits do I need the Lunos HRVs as well or can I do without them?" A. If you tighten up your house, you'll definitely need a ventilation system. Minisplits have ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 05:55 AM EDT
    Nick, It seems that electric grills can reach temperatures above 600 degrees F, so if you don't need the flavors associated with a wood fire, available electric equipment will probably ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 05:05 AM EDT
    Bryan, We've just learned that you "keep the home at 45% humidity with a whole-home humidifier in the winter." Here's some advice: if you have a wet-ceiling problem that seems to involve ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 04:56 AM EDT
    Carole, A site visit would be helpful to understand what's going on, but it certainly sounds like you have a leaky, poorly insulated 1970s house built on a damp slab. Your plan to install 1/2 ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 04:44 AM EDT
    Nick, If you are a cook, you grill because it makes your food taste good. You need wood, not electricity, if you care about how your food tastes.
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 04:33 AM EDT
    Craig, First of all, you should read this article: "Insulating Walls in an Old House With No Sheathing." Q. "I would like to determine if and where I should use a ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 18,2018 04:22 AM EDT
    Bennett, Q. "Once we have an unvented attic with more than the minimum foam above the roof deck, the interior, air/vapor permeable insulation should be in contact with the underside of the roof ...
  • Trevor Lambert | Jul 17,2018 11:23 PM EDT
    Wood is generally considered carbon neutral, and renewable. Burning wood releases carbon, but the tree pulled that carbon from the atmosphere. The electric grill is not likely to perform to ...
  • Alan B | Jul 17,2018 10:24 PM EDT
    This is a photo from inside, when done from outside the middle and right reflections are reversed
  • | Jul 17,2018 09:14 PM EDT
    Interesting, so you think the moisture is built up from the winter humidity (I keep the home at 45% humidity with a whole home humidifier in the winter), and took this long to release into the ...
  • Brendan Albano | Jul 17,2018 07:07 PM EDT
    Would wood fuel satisfy your ditching fossil fuel goals? That might be a more practical avenue to get the grilling experience you're after without having to use propane.
  • Alan B | Jul 17,2018 06:42 PM EDT
    Interesting, thanks. I have double pane vinyl windows which are maybe 10 years old, but i will check them tonight for coatings
  • Brendan Albano | Jul 17,2018 06:41 PM EDT
    Even if you're not doing a Passive House project, the PHIUS certified builder list might be a good place to look for a contractor who should be comfortable with exterior insulation. Looks like ...
  • Dana Dorsett | Jul 17,2018 06:38 PM EDT
    Surface #1 is in contact with the outdoor air. Surface #2 is the other side of that exact same sheet of glass in the assembly. With a single pane window surface #2 is in contact with the ...
  • Dana Dorsett | Jul 17,2018 06:33 PM EDT
    The answer is, NO, there is no advantage to the modulation range when tied to a multi-zone compressor, since they won't modulate. This is exactly the problem I've been trying to describe. When ...
  • Alan B | Jul 17,2018 06:29 PM EDT
    @Dana, that makes a lot of sense, they are cheap white Venetian blinds probably from walmart. I assume surface you mean inside or outside panes and their sides? Where is surface 1, inside pane ...
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