Blake Reid
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Airsealing & Termites

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blake Reid Nov 5, 2018. 2 Replies

 I'm having crazy thoughts. Help me out here.I live in a termite area. A friend of mine just got a quote for about $3K to tent their house for termites.A lot of the cost of a termite tenting is for…Continue

Moisture Management in Hawaii

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blake Reid Oct 26, 2017. 5 Replies

This one has all the goodies: high stakes, datalogging, graphs...…Continue

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Blake Reid commented on Blake Reid's blog post Your AC Doesn't Work and Here's Why
"Thank you Franco!  That gives me a topic for another blog: "All the Things You Have To Watch To Get Your AC To Work That You Don't Have To Worry About With Insulation."  Title needs work tho LOL."
Nov 8, 2018
Blake Reid's blog post was featured

The AC Doesn't Work and Here's Why

All the solar in the world won't keep you comfortable.Written because "insulation" and "airtightness" won't officially be mandated by code until the 2015 IECC is adopted here in Hawaii in March 2019, so we have a good number of houses with no insulation.  Many of them didn't "need" insulation when they were built because houses weren't conditioned, but now that it's easy…See More
Nov 8, 2018
Franco Oyuela commented on Blake Reid's blog post Your AC Doesn't Work and Here's Why
"Reasons why your air conditioner isn’t working as well as it could be. Dirty condenser coils.Coolant problemsClogged air filterA defective thermostatA faulty compressorVery high temperaturesAn undersized (or oversized) air conditioner"
Nov 6, 2018
Blake Reid posted a blog post

The AC Doesn't Work and Here's Why

All the solar in the world won't keep you comfortable.Written because "insulation" and "airtightness" won't officially be mandated by code until the 2015 IECC is adopted here in Hawaii in March 2019, so we have a good number of houses with no insulation.  Many of them didn't "need" insulation when they were built because houses weren't conditioned, but now that it's easy…See More
Nov 5, 2018
Blake Reid replied to Blake Reid's discussion Airsealing & Termites
"Thank you, I agree.  I think it's not a solution that works for everybody, but if the air barrier was defined in the right place to keep the termites "in" so the gas could get to them, but not out...hmmm. I have termites. …"
Nov 5, 2018
Blake Reid replied to Kent Kjellgren's discussion Sealed crawl space for new construction
"If it were my house (I was born in Raleigh, but that's neither here nor there), I would pull the batts and sell them on Craigslist in the "materials" section.  Or you might get someone to come take them out for you for free, they…"
Nov 5, 2018
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Blake Reid's discussion Airsealing & Termites
"Nice thought but Nope - you need the gas to get to the termites which it won't do if you seal up areas they have already gotten past / are in"
Nov 4, 2018
Blake Reid posted a discussion

Airsealing & Termites

 I'm having crazy thoughts. Help me out here.I live in a termite area. A friend of mine just got a quote for about $3K to tent their house for termites.A lot of the cost of a termite tenting is for the labor to tent it. They tent it to keep the gas in.But houses here are sometimes pretty simple and I use the A- and B-rings a lot. So my thought is...what if we could run a blower door, air seal the house, and do a DIY bug bomb?Could airsealing be used as part of a termite-murdering process?See More
Nov 4, 2018
Blake Reid commented on Blake Reid's blog post Managing Mold & Humidity (in Hawaii)
"Thank you very much! They're actually the same, though - the one with the dehu cover photo has a link that sends you to this very same blog, on my website."
Oct 11, 2018
John Proctor commented on Blake Reid's blog post Managing Mold & Humidity (in Hawaii)
"Nice post -- much better than the one that only showed the dehumidifier."
Oct 11, 2018
Blake Reid's blog post was featured

Managing Mold & Humidity (in Hawaii)

A blower door measures how tight a house isAir sealing done as part of the install, and after hacking holes into the house (and sealing others), total leakage only increased by 65 CFM50.  Still a B-ring house.---------------------------------------------I got a call from the east side of Hawaii, so I did what I always do.  I tested the house and collected some data.  The testing is important - no matter how well we think we know our houses, they can surprise us.  Without testing, it'd be like…See More
Oct 11, 2018
Blake Reid posted a blog post

Managing Mold & Humidity (in Hawaii)

A blower door measures how tight a house isAir sealing done as part of the install, and after hacking holes into the house (and sealing others), total leakage only increased by 65 CFM50.  Still a B-ring house.---------------------------------------------I got a call from the east side of Hawaii, so I did what I always do.  I tested the house and collected some data.  The testing is important - no matter how well we think we know our houses, they can surprise us.  Without testing, it'd be like…See More
Oct 9, 2018
Blake Reid replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Good opinions in these replies!  I'll just add a few: * Experiment.  It's your house and how you feel in it should drive your decisions.  If it was my house, I'd start by turning the fans off. * There is no "best…"
Sep 19, 2018
Blake Reid's blog post was featured

The Trouble with Holes

spoiler alert: Hawaiian attic holes look just like mainland attic holes.published on my website recently at https://terrawatthome.com/blog/trouble-holesRight now there's a 10,000-acre wildfire near Waikoloa and an active volcano that won't stop.  A…See More
Aug 28, 2018
Blake Reid posted a blog post

The Trouble with Holes

spoiler alert: Hawaiian attic holes look just like mainland attic holes.published on my website recently at https://terrawatthome.com/blog/trouble-holesRight now there's a 10,000-acre wildfire near Waikoloa and an active volcano that won't stop.  A…See More
Aug 23, 2018
Blake Reid replied to John Carton's discussion Insulation touches underside of roof in home with no soffit or soffit venting.
"What does it look like now, and how long has it been like that?"
Aug 23, 2018

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The AC Doesn't Work and Here's Why

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 8:30pm 2 Comments

All the solar in the world won't keep you comfortable.

Written because "insulation" and "airtightness" won't officially be mandated by code until the 2015 IECC is adopted here in Hawaii in March 2019, so we have a good…

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Managing Mold & Humidity (in Hawaii)

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

blower door hawaii

A blower door measures how tight a house is

Air sealing done as part of the install, and after hacking holes into the house (and sealing others), total leakage only increased by 65 CFM50. …

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The Trouble with Holes

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

spoiler alert: Hawaiian attic holes look just like mainland attic holes.

published on my website recently at https://terrawatthome.com/blog/trouble-holes…

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Kilauea, vog, and IAQ

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Been fielding a few questions about vog lately:

http://www.terrawatthome.com/news/2018/05/16/what-you-can-do-about-vog

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"Vog is a form of air pollution that results when…

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At 9:48am on October 20, 2017, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Blake,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros Forum. Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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