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Cathedral ceiling with tongue and groove ceiling. Looking for solutions.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Tripp Nov 29. 4 Replies

Did audit last week and…Continue

Blower door test for small apartment building

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Baur-McGuire Dec 6. 19 Replies

Today I received a request to test 4 units for a small apartment building.  He says the building is 32x52 which is 1560 SF.  There is 4 apartments which are 1 bedroom and living room plus bath and…Continue

HVAC Question about running fan continuously VS setting on Auto so it runs when AC or furnace runs

Started this discussion. Last reply by John White Sep 7. 24 Replies

I get a lot of confusion from homeowners who are told by their HVAC contractor to run the fan "on" all the time.  I realize that these high-efficiency furnaces now have the DC motors that take less…Continue

VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Heenan Aug 23. 7 Replies

Just completed an audit and manual j for a home in downtown Chicago this week.  Home is less than 1 year. 5 stories include basement.  Block walls with brick over.  Closed cell entire wall bays.  2…Continue

 

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Daniel Baur-McGuire replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"I have done 10 houses with aerobarrier. It is impressive!  I thought at first it was a great idea but most likely a scam 2 good to be true. After the second house I was sold. It seals all the problem areas at the source point. Everything I have…"
Dec 6
Colin Genge replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"Retrotec has a tubing hookup diagram in their multi-fan manual that is available on line for free. "
Dec 5
Keith Tripp replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Cathedral ceiling with tongue and groove ceiling. Looking for solutions.
"Is there any insulation or vapour barrier above the wood plank that is visible on the interior? "
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Sean Lintow Sr replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Cathedral ceiling with tongue and groove ceiling. Looking for solutions.
"Outside is best as it still maintains the look inside & as mentioned below - no thermal transfer through the beams. With that you do have some issues to consider like soffits, eaves, etc... For more on hot roof options -…"
Nov 9
Brad Cook replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Cathedral ceiling with tongue and groove ceiling. Looking for solutions.
"Adding rigid on the inside would certainly help and would allow for effectively air sealing all of those joints. The down side is the thermal short-circuits at the beams. We have done several roofs where we strip the existing asphalt shingles and…"
Nov 9
John Nicholas replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Cathedral ceiling with tongue and groove ceiling. Looking for solutions.
"What is on the roofing side?  Asphalt Shingles, roll roofing, etc.   When is it due for replacement?   You could get a roofing company to add external rigid insulation on top of the tongue and groove, then the roofing. …"
Nov 8
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Cathedral ceiling with tongue and groove ceiling. Looking for solutions.

Did audit last week and homeowner is always cold in these two rooms with cathedral ceilings and large exposed beams.  Thinking of installing Thermax in between each cavity and then adding drywall.  Any thoughts. Customer is willing to go this way but wondering if there are other solutions.See More
Nov 5
Glen Gallo replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"Thanks Colin Interesting subject and many good answers. Thank you Jerry for the question. I have never ran into this but have a good understanding of the concept My first thought was with as small as it is to simply test it as one unit. But Scott…"
Oct 22
Yudah Schwartz replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"John What are your thoughts on the AeroBarrier system?"
Oct 22
John Nicholas replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"Thank You, Colin!  Those are very good points and processes to do some Zone Pressure Diagnostics techniques applied to multi family buildings."
Oct 19
Colin Genge replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"The way we'd normally do this is to mount one blower door in the hallway, then a duct tester blower door in the individual unit. You'd first test the total leakage of the unit with adjacent apt windows open which will give you the total…"
Oct 19
Scott Katznelson replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"Most of the work I do is retrofit of older buildings. Marriage wall leakage is often significant, although typically more through duct leakage between units than through the wall itself."
Oct 18
John Nicholas replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"Scott Katznelson   In 2013,  I had my HERS Field Review completed on a multi-family unit.  I did and end unit, and my QAD set a blower door in the adjacent unit.  We tested both units.  The difference between guarded…"
Oct 18
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"Sorry but LMAO - one blower door for that small of a space gives you an accurate number for the building because it is no bigger than a small home. Now if the inspector for some reason wants each unit tested, well... As for marriage wall leakage…"
Oct 18
Scott Katznelson replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"The most accurate way to accomplish this is to have 4 blower doors running at the same time, one for each apartment (maybe less, depending on the layout of the building). This is the only way to get individual infiltration numbers while eliminating…"
Oct 18

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Spray foam on attic deck to stop mold

Posted on April 7, 2018 at 8:57pm 2 Comments

I am working with an insulation company who has already applied 2" of closed cell foam over the deck of a roof deck that has been remediated for mold twice. It was thought by spraying the foam, there would be no chance of the mold coming back.  This is a million dollar home in the Chicagoland area and homeowner is trying to sell the home but a private home inspector says the foam will shorten the life of the roof and he has scared off perspective buyers with his talk.  I have told the…

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