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  • Dana Dorsett | Jan 12,2018 07:12 PM EST
    If the upstairs unit is cycling a lot and the downstairs unit isn't running at more than 2/3 speed you'll almost always get better net efficiency by bumping up the set point on the downstairs unit ...
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Jan 12,2018 06:54 PM EST
    Robert, Do you have a stone foundation, or just a poured concrete foundation with some irregularities? Are your numbers for the spray foam based on recent quotes? Perhaps your code enforcer ...
  • Bob Irving | Jan 12,2018 06:53 PM EST
    I eventually removed my cellar ceiling insulation, dried up the moisture and insulated my basement walls; where we have spray foam with fire retardant paint, we've left it and not covered it. ...
  • Walter Ahlgrim | Jan 12,2018 06:53 PM EST
    I could not get my insulation sub contractor to install beyond R38 unless I signed off that they were not liable if my ceiling drywall collapse, even if I signed they would not install over R49. ...
  • | Jan 12,2018 05:51 PM EST
    I would think we would need to put up studs and then cover the foundation with spray foam. Cost of that is around $5000, maybe $6000 for the size of our basement. Then put drywall or some kind of ...
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Jan 12,2018 05:36 PM EST
    If you don't have moisture issues in your basement, would you be open to insulating the walls (as Martin suggested in his first response)? In many parts of the country, you can buy reclaimed foam ...
  • | Jan 12,2018 05:36 PM EST
    My plan is to use tongue and groove cedar. It will be attached to rainscreen battens with GRK finish head screws in in the manner of a T&G floor. Douglas Higden
  • | Jan 12,2018 05:21 PM EST
    A suspended ceiling would cost like $8000, wouldn't it? Why would we put that much money into a basement used for cold storage of things like bikes and lawn mowers and lawn furniture? Also I only ...
  • Calum Wilde | Jan 12,2018 04:38 PM EST
    My thought was the higher setpoint on the lower unit might use more power than I save by not running both. I highly doubt I could get away with just one all winter, but certainly in the ...
  • Peter L | Jan 12,2018 04:29 PM EST
    A lot of Musk's endeavors are sketchy at best and the PowerWall rollout was just all hype and the Powerwall is nothing like it was supposed to be. SpaceX just lost a $2 billion dollar US spy ...
  • bridgette downer | Jan 12,2018 04:22 PM EST
    Finished 10x more than that a decade ago..we'll see how that proportion plays out.
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 12,2018 04:11 PM EST
    Calum, If one heat pump keeps you comfortable, you should save energy by turning off the upstairs heat pump. Lots of homeowners with two-story houses have two minisplits: one upstairs and one ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 12,2018 04:08 PM EST
    J.M., My favorite profile for white cedar siding is probably lap siding. Certain types can be blind nailed: there is your hidden fastener system. You can install lap siding on vertical 1x4 ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 12,2018 04:04 PM EST
    Bridgette, If you're the type of homeowner who can replace a rotted 6x6 sill beam over the weekend -- in January, no less -- that's great. Good luck: You have a busy weekend ahead of you.
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 12,2018 04:03 PM EST
    Joe, I'm not sure that realize that you are responding to a two-year old question...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 12,2018 04:01 PM EST
    Robert, Most homeowners with your dilemma install a suspended ceiling with removable ceiling panels.
  • bridgette downer | Jan 12,2018 03:52 PM EST
    With the warm weather I've been doing some exploratory surgery on the house. And adjacent to the concrete patio I found 6 by 6 sill plate completely rotted out in every stud attached to it as ...
  • bridgette downer | Jan 12,2018 03:48 PM EST
    Rick, can you comment on the following: says it's toxic. https://www.buildinggreen.com/blog/avoid-polystyrene-insulation
  • | Jan 12,2018 03:23 PM EST
    Sorry I updated my profile but it didn't show up in the post. Robert Wan is my name! Also I understand that I can use insulation supports (i.e. ...
  • Joe Suhrada | Jan 12,2018 03:18 PM EST
    I think your fears about silica somehow coming loose and getting into your lungs are completely unfounded. You should also avoid concrete then. Unless you cutting the stuff up with a saw and ...
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