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  • | May 04,2010 01:38 PM EDT
    We've used them as well with good results. In one project in-town, there's enough light pollution at night that it functions quite well as a night-light. Can be a little tricky if poking thru a ...
  • Victor Bowling | May 04,2010 01:16 PM EDT
    I would get multiple opinions on combining solar panels with spray foam insulation. Spray Foam Direct sells a green spray foam product and they should be able to help you with your questions. ...
  • | May 04,2010 01:05 PM EDT
    Our American homes are larger, our cars are larger, even our refrigerators and washing machines are larger. Should we wash our clothes once (or twice)a day (drying overnight) or once a week? Is ...
  • | May 04,2010 01:02 PM EDT
    Martin: Yes, I often asked myself whether one can top the German extensive use of the wash-dry-wear-cyclus. You just told me: Yes, one can. But, doesn't matter, with a cabinet a bit larger than ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 04,2010 12:39 PM EDT
    Wolfgang, To answer your question, most Americans no longer use clotheslines. They throw all of their clothes from the washer straight into the dryer, which operates on natural gas, propane, or ...
  • John Zito | May 04,2010 12:19 PM EDT
    I've used these often and have had good luck with them. Better than traditional skylights with all the benefits mentioned in the post, additionally, you don't get the big energy penalty (large ...
  • | May 04,2010 12:12 PM EDT
    Martin: Yes, sealed combustion with separate air intake is the solution for combustion devices. These are a good idea anyhow (avoiding CO backdraft what might be really dangerous and even can ...
  • | May 04,2010 12:10 PM EDT
    Martin, Sorry, I am in southern oregon (zone 4). Thanks for your advice. J
  • | May 04,2010 12:04 PM EDT
    Well, the exhaust from the cabinet is running directly into the exctract air of the HRV system. The whole system might be (it's not necessary!) forced to a somewhat higher massflow during the time ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 04,2010 11:51 AM EDT
    JP, 1. You can use horizontal 3/16-in plywood strips -- no need to prime them -- as long as your nails are long enough to penetrate the solid sheathing under the foam. I've never done it, but it ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 04,2010 11:48 AM EDT
    A comment on Jesse's post: potential backdrafting problems can occur with atmospherically vented combustion appliances, including woodstoves and fireplaces. The use of sealed-combustion ...
  • | May 04,2010 11:39 AM EDT
    Martin, Thanks for your help. I am in zone 7 and am not too worried about the OSB rotting. My more pressing concern is the attachment of the shingles through the foam into the 7/16" OSB.
  • | May 04,2010 11:36 AM EDT
    Daniel, Depressurization coming from a strong range hood or a vented clothes dryer can create major problems if there are any combustion devices inside the house (wood stove, fireplace, etc.) ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 04,2010 11:10 AM EDT
    Dave, Forecasting is tricky, and people who make forecasts are putting targets on their backs. Of course I don't know the answer to your question. I know that right now, tens of thousands of ...
  • Dave Brach | May 04,2010 11:02 AM EDT
    Martin, Your prime assumption that "the cost of PV-generated electricity sets an upper limit for the likely cost of energy in the future" seems a little simplistic. Forecasting upper limits ...
  • | May 04,2010 09:53 AM EDT
    Don et al, I have found several places where data is presented for the Smith House (not glossy photographs, but annual summaries). You can find them ...
  • | May 04,2010 09:31 AM EDT
    The Bosch Axxis condensing dryer is a fairly common spec for us in houses without enough make-up air to provide the ~200 CFM the dryer is exhausting: ...
  • | May 04,2010 09:31 AM EDT
    Thank you all for the very helpful posts. I think we can all agree the clothesline is the best option. Even in winter clothes will "freeze dry" if given enough time. But there are times when ...
  • Lucas Durand - 7A | May 04,2010 09:18 AM EDT
    Your premise is flawed, there is no coming "planetary catastrophe".
    Anonymous, What makes you so sure? Have you discovered a harness for zero-point energy?
  • Martin Holladay | May 04,2010 08:39 AM EDT
    John, Thanks for the link. A family with children would need a much bigger cabinet than the one shown in the photo, of course.
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