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Forum: Conservation 10-27-13, 08:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 36,962
Posted By rhizomatic
Awesome. Thanks. was going to buy some and...

Awesome. Thanks. was going to buy some and experiment. This makes-up my mind.
Forum: Conservation 10-26-13, 10:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 36,962
Posted By rhizomatic
further update?

Nice thread. Thanks! Any further update? What cause the "milky" look? Did it get worse? Was it a defect or can this deterioration be expected as part of the normal aging of the product?
Forum: Other Improvements 08-24-13, 07:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,306
Posted By rhizomatic
That's very close to how he described it. He said...

That's very close to how he described it. He said something about the goal being to solve a well known problem in a simple and inexpensive way. He was not explaining it as a genius invention.
Forum: Other Improvements 08-20-13, 09:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,306
Posted By rhizomatic
Recessed can insulation product

I met a neighbor at my local dog park where I run my dog, and he has this new project that he is launching. Says on of the big boxes has agreed to pick it up (he named one but I'll sit on that for...
Forum: Introductions 07-28-13, 12:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,113
Posted By rhizomatic
Absolutely PV, not water heating. I have a lot...

Absolutely PV, not water heating. I have a lot more work to do on the house, like replacing the roof with a more durable and insulated one, before installing PV panels on my own house.
Forum: Introductions 07-13-13, 09:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,113
Posted By rhizomatic
Hello again, and GRID Alternatives

Hello. I have been inactive on this forum for a while. Life happens. I have managed to keep my ecomodder.com car in running order, however. Some of you will maybe know the "Black and Green" Civic...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 01-26-13, 09:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
Energy use update

My January electric bill confirms this, Daox, I think. We paid about $52 less this January than last. What changed in the interim? I did more air sealing, which was REALLY bad in this old,...
Forum: Conservation 01-03-13, 07:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,590
Posted By rhizomatic
Good story. Good results. Congratulations.

Good story. Good results. Congratulations.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-24-12, 11:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
I feel like I'm moving at a snail's pace,...

I feel like I'm moving at a snail's pace, actually. But thanks. Sounds like you are hunkered down for the season. It'll pay off to put your "sweat equity" ("chill equity"?) into the project. I have...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 12-24-12, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
UPDATE: wall insulation & "storm" windows with pics

I finally found an insulation contractor with the right equipment, methods, and experience, using what I learned through ecorenovator, Angie's List, and informed direct questions. I now have dense...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 11-04-12, 10:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
I'm planning to make another today, and this time...

I'm planning to make another today, and this time I'll take some snaps. Promise!



This is great. Thanks. I went into Lowe's for clothes line supplies (old one snapped and I thought I'd redesign...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-31-12, 07:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
Been air-sealing this old house better, and what...

Been air-sealing this old house better, and what a world of difference. The underfloor insulation is not complete yet, but with doors sealed, crawlspace sealed, and DIY storm windows beginning to go...
Forum: The Billiards Room 10-31-12, 07:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,328
Posted By rhizomatic
My wife and I have long been thrift shoppers. It...

My wife and I have long been thrift shoppers. It seems to run in her family for a couple generations too. My best recent find was a set of wedgewood plates for her at an awfully cheap rate. I felt...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-28-12, 12:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
Having cancelled the previous blown-in insulation...

Having cancelled the previous blown-in insulation contractor, I am close to hiring another after further searching. But my wife is now paying more attention and has been raising concerns about...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-14-12, 05:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
Thanks! It is wood siding. There are videos...

Thanks! It is wood siding. There are videos online that show people installing blown-in insulation by removing siding and then cutting a hole, so I was surprised that he wouldn't do that but would...
Forum: Introductions 10-14-12, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,553
Posted By rhizomatic
ditto

Ditto. Welcome... show some pics?
Forum: Conservation 10-14-12, 12:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,590
Posted By rhizomatic
I have four LED bulbs in my house (and more in my...

I have four LED bulbs in my house (and more in my car), recently purchased. All my other bulbs are CFL. I still have CFL bulbs that are probably 12 years old. I prefer the CFL at this stage in the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-14-12, 11:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
Having completed some roof work to stop some...

Having completed some roof work to stop some leaks, I contracted with a person for the dense-pack blown dry-cellulose insulation into my walls. Though they show up Thursday, I have concerns. The...
Forum: Conservation 08-08-12, 06:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,664
Posted By rhizomatic
In my part of SoCal, there are only about 12" ave...

In my part of SoCal, there are only about 12" ave annual rainfall, 275 sunny days to 35 with any measurable precipitation, and ave annual humidity of just 70%. So if I keep the crawl space vents...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 08-05-12, 06:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,410
Posted By rhizomatic
:) haha! This response will do, though the open...

:) haha! This response will do, though the open ended question was to allow issues that I am not specifically questioning to come up, such as the electrical wiring aspect PaleMelanesian raised. I am...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 08-02-12, 06:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,410
Posted By rhizomatic
Critiques of this quote?

Anyone have a response to this quote? Some context: I am in a very mild Southern Cali coastal climate, I am sealing and insulating the house, it is currently 1472 sqft and will expand to 1900 sqft,...
Forum: Conservation 07-29-12, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,664
Posted By rhizomatic
I just read the link. Thanks. I have had this...

I just read the link. Thanks. I have had this recommended to me, and while it's interesting, it seems a bit outside my DIY ability, which is important. The space is quite tiny. And the ground is...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 07-28-12, 09:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,002
Posted By rhizomatic
I'll look into it further. For the walls, I'm...

I'll look into it further. For the walls, I'm going with dense-pack cellulose (done by a contractor, at your recommendation and because I cannot get an adequate blower here). For the tiny attic...
Forum: Conservation 07-28-12, 09:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,664
Posted By rhizomatic
Yeah, I agree, but in this case I am doing the...

Yeah, I agree, but in this case I am doing the subfloor in my spookily shallow crawl space. I'll be looking into it more. I am wondering if I'll be able to get it locally with some sort of vapor...
Forum: Conservation 07-28-12, 09:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 13,202
Posted By rhizomatic
Decidedly low-tech and minor... but I use an...

Decidedly low-tech and minor... but I use an insulated coffee urn instead of the heating pad on my coffee maker to keep coffee warm. We invariably would drink two small pots during the morning, and I...
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