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Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-26-15, 04:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,642
Posted By S-F
The sealing needs to be at the plane of the air...

The sealing needs to be at the plane of the air barrier. So I would attack any and all nooks and crannies that lead to the outside. What is the sheathing? If it's some sort of sheet lumber then you...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 10-26-15, 03:39 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 21,244
Posted By S-F
Hello all. Long time with no update because...

Hello all. Long time with no update because things have been progressing slowly around these parts. Here's the news: I replaced the big picture windows here with crazy triple pane Pella jobs. They...
Forum: Product Reviews 04-29-13, 05:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,638
Posted By S-F
You won't be disappointed. At least not any more...

You won't be disappointed. At least not any more disappointed than with a regular Pageris. We've had them in the field being used every day now and we have probably had a 40% mortality rate. Actually...
Forum: Product Reviews 04-29-13, 03:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,638
Posted By S-F
Sorry about the delay in responding.... The...

Sorry about the delay in responding....
The differences are that on the HT500 the tip of the barrel can accommodate a door/window needle and the basket is apparently treated with Teflon. The window...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-22-13, 04:57 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 21,244
Posted By S-F
Sorry AC_Hacker, I don't mean to ignore you. I'm...

Sorry AC_Hacker, I don't mean to ignore you. I'm simply very busy these days and don't have as much time as I'd like to hang out on the forum, or really even make dinner.

On an entirely different...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-21-13, 06:32 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 21,244
Posted By S-F
It's pretty difficult to properly calculate the...

It's pretty difficult to properly calculate the comparison between line gas and a mini split because of the varying efficiency of the ASHPs with the weather. I'm relying on utility bills to inform...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-20-13, 05:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,809
Posted By S-F
Unless you have walls up to around R 40 and also...

Unless you have walls up to around R 40 and also really tight and low U windows I can't recommend more than 18" of cellulose in an attic. If you make a pie chart of your loss and gain at R 60 an...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-18-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,809
Posted By S-F
I say first fix the roof. The air seal and...

I say first fix the roof. The air seal and insulate. I personally would pull the fiberglass and just fill the place with cellulose.
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-17-13, 02:43 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 21,244
Posted By S-F
I'm already within shooting range of their...

I'm already within shooting range of their capacity. The load of the house at -5 as it stands is 18,750 BTU/hour and my heat pumps are each 3/4 ton. I think the stupid electric bill I got for...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 04-13-13, 04:54 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 21,244
Posted By S-F
No. Nothing really exciting happening on the...

No. Nothing really exciting happening on the energy efficiency front here. I have been still doing some work in the attic. I'm installing whole house audio and three rooms upstairs are getting...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 03-31-13, 07:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,183
Posted By S-F
The father in law has one of those Bosch dryers...

The father in law has one of those Bosch dryers and the thing is a nightmare. It gets used about as frequently as the drying rack right next to it. :( The thing is always clogging and giving...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 03-07-13, 03:47 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 57,420
Posted By S-F
How has this all been performing Daox? We are...

How has this all been performing Daox? We are just about through the depths of winter now.

I recently did a house that involved replacing all of the windows with Serious (ly expensive) windows. We...
Forum: Lawn and Garden 03-07-13, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,667
Posted By S-F
Man! How did I miss this one? These people are my...

Man! How did I miss this one? These people are my heroes. The kicker is that I have a whopping 1/3 acre. Once the next big house project settles down (the last big one. Outsulating) I will...
Forum: Introductions 03-07-13, 03:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,260
Posted By S-F
Welcome to EcoRenovator! Please give us a...

Welcome to EcoRenovator!

Please give us a couple pictures!
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 02-28-13, 05:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,745
Posted By S-F
I could see the attic air situation working well...

I could see the attic air situation working well in the summer but if it's the summer why not just hang a clothes line? I guess rain can get in the way. In the winter it would be less useful than...
Forum: Conservation 02-28-13, 05:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
Yes this is true. But when cellulose in installed...

Yes this is true. But when cellulose in installed (at least around here) the settled density and R Value is what's calculated. So for 12" or R 38 (the code depth for attics) people usually blow to...
Forum: Conservation 02-28-13, 04:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
Foam looses R Value because it outgasses....

Foam looses R Value because it outgasses. Cellulose doesn't rely on non air gasses for it's R Value so it doesn't ever loose it.
Forum: Conservation 02-27-13, 03:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
In the long run outsulating is almost always...

In the long run outsulating is almost always cheaper due to the previously mentioned reasons. The problem with it is that you're using a ton of foam, which I personally find distasteful. Basically a...
Forum: Conservation 02-26-13, 07:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
I won't need to let anyone know because it will...

I won't need to let anyone know because it will start raining lotus petals and there will be universal goodwill toward man.

Then the oil/pharm/war/whateverelse institutions fail.
Forum: Conservation 02-26-13, 07:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
Not disrupted aside from window details. ;) ...

Not disrupted aside from window details. ;)

Really IMHO it's better to go with a cellulose retrofit. It is more expensive to accomplish the same initial results though. In a retrofit you really...
Forum: Conservation 02-25-13, 07:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
No. No VB on the inside. You already have one on...

No. No VB on the inside. You already have one on the outside. When moisture gets into the wall, how is it going to dry out? Not only is it a code violation, it's a recipe for rot and IAQ issues.
...
Forum: Conservation 02-24-13, 02:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
The situation you describe is a code violation in...

The situation you describe is a code violation in MA. 1" of XPS is a class 2 vapor barrier and the foil is class 1.
Forum: Conservation 02-24-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
Ahhhh. Foam sheathing and metal let in bracing....

Ahhhh. Foam sheathing and metal let in bracing. You'll be OK. Just make sure the cellulose doesn't bulge the foam sheathing out. You also have to remember that you need at least 40% of your R value...
Forum: Conservation 02-24-13, 09:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
The XPS is a vapor barrier. You can't have...

The XPS is a vapor barrier. You can't have another one in the wall anywhere. Once you go down the road you're talking about you can't put foam on the outside as it will create a vapor barrier...
Forum: Conservation 02-23-13, 01:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,952
Posted By S-F
A couple extremely important things to remember...

A couple extremely important things to remember when making a double wall in a retrofit: You will still have band joist issues. If you have decent replacement windows you will still have more air...
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