Charles Buell
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Charles Buell replied to David Butler's discussion Does IRC preclude use of spray foam to insulate rim bands in unfinished basement? (re: ignition barrier)
"Depending on the type of floor joists you may already be required to cover the floor joists.  There are spray-on ignition barriers as well."
Jan 2
Charles Buell replied to Jason's discussion Encapsulated CS cold floors without batt insulation
"Sure---condition the crawl space."
Dec 20, 2018
Charles Buell replied to David Meiland's discussion Air gap above floor insulation--how big is the impact?
"Of course---and fiberglass is garbage in this application and many others"
Dec 17, 2018
Charles Buell replied to David Meiland's discussion Air gap above floor insulation--how big is the impact?
"You want to install enough insulation that the room temp line is within the insulation---not outside it.  That is why I said "properly."  The current codes are not interested in "properly" IMHO."
Dec 14, 2018
Charles Buell replied to David Meiland's discussion Air gap above floor insulation--how big is the impact?
"Water lines should simply not be located in problem areas and if the floor is properly insulated how can the floor be a different temperature than the room temperature?  This likely cannot be accomplished with fiberglass---but like I said…"
Dec 14, 2018
Charles Buell replied to David Meiland's discussion Air gap above floor insulation--how big is the impact?
"Exactly  David.  And then there is the fact the energy codes require the insulation be "in permanent contact" with the sub-floor."
Dec 13, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Gordon Smith's discussion Duct Cleaning? Good value or a waste of money?
"First of all, I certainly did not mean to imply it never happens, it certainly can and does happen, just not for the reasons you suggest."
Nov 30, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Gordon Smith's discussion Duct Cleaning? Good value or a waste of money?
"The dew point temperature is so close, that it only takes a very few degrees of rise in duct temp that there is no chance of condensation.  Add to that the fact the duct surface temp will always stay warmer than the air temp coming into it,…"
Nov 29, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Gordon Smith's discussion Duct Cleaning? Good value or a waste of money?
"Yes of  course, I meant the indoor coil.  Obviously the coil at 40 degrees is going to be well below the dew point sufficient to condense moisture out of the air where it can be drained away, so on that surface or very near it the humidity…"
Nov 29, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Gordon Smith's discussion Duct Cleaning? Good value or a waste of money?
"To reach dew point at 55 degrees F, the humidity in the duct after the condenser would have to be above 99%---I think that would be unusual.  It is more likely warm moist air is finding its way into the cold duct and condensing."
Nov 29, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Gordon Smith's discussion Duct Cleaning? Good value or a waste of money?
"The air is only saturated because it is very cold.  The amount of "actual moisture" in the air is very low.  Any condensation that happens should be outside the ducts, not inside the ducts.  That would be an inadequate…"
Nov 29, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Gordon Smith's discussion Duct Cleaning? Good value or a waste of money?
"  Duct Cleaning"
Nov 29, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Kent Kjellgren's discussion Sealed crawl space for new construction
"I agree, in my experience heating and cooling loads go down---not up. Especially if the floor is uninsulated."
Nov 6, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Kent Kjellgren's discussion Sealed crawl space for new construction
"We have lots of older (late 50's) systems in this area that work great.  These have a return air grille into the crawl space in each room with an opening to the return air duct at the furnace plenum.  This conditions the air in the…"
Nov 5, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Kent Kjellgren's discussion Sealed crawl space for new construction
"A few thoughts.  The IRC gives guidelines and requirements of sealed crawl spaces.  I like the approach where the vapor barrier is heavy gauge PVC with welded seams.  Be careful wrapping wood posts as this can direct moisture into the…"
Nov 5, 2018
Charles Buell replied to Mark Furst's discussion Bath fan weirdness
"You would have to test the vent at the inside at a location the same diameter as the outside diameter to get the same CFM reading."
Oct 11, 2018

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Charles Buell Inspections Inc
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Home Inspector (real-estate transactions)
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ASHI
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At 9:25am on October 24, 2017, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Charles,

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