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Capillary break retrofit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Raymer Jan 23. 3 Replies

If you want to add a capillary break to a basement or crawl space floor in an existing building, it is difficult to determine if there already is a capillary break (poly) beneath the existing slab. …Continue

Tags: capillarity, break, capillary

Green Home Solutions Franchise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig McManus Nov 26, 2018. 3 Replies

Seems like a good concept to franchise cleaning up mold in people's houses.  People are afraid of mold.  And cleaning it up with something called "Better Air Probitoics safe, all natural fogging…Continue

Tags: Solutions, Home, Green, remediation, Mold

Stud cavity air returns

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Ellenberg Aug 31, 2018. 17 Replies

Seems like a reasonable use of space and materials and saving in costs to use a stud cavity as a conditioned air return.  But is it a good idea?  The inside surface of naked, unpainted sheetrock is…Continue

Tags: mold, IAQ, Duct-EZ, ducting, cavity

BPI QCI HEP Certification

Started Jan 2, 2015 0 Replies

The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan requires that quality control assessments be signed off by a QCI professional as of January 1, 2015.  Looking through…Continue

 

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Paul Raymer commented on John White's blog post Troubleshooting Tips for a Furnace That is Not Blowing Hot Air
"My furnace is sourced with a hot water loop from the water heater.  I kept turning up the water heater temperature until the temperature/pressure relief valve started blowing water out onto the basement floor.  After a lot of air and pipe…"
Jan 30
Eric Kjelshus commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Angry Air!
"right on ---- a sign of good craftsmanship is low sound.   All builders I work for are just looking for super cheap and what they can get a way with.   End users will pay for higher end goods if they now about it.  "
Jan 30
Bryan Gabriel commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Angry Air!
"I agree, installation is key to proper operation."
Jan 30
Lew Harriman commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Angry Air!
"Terrific post, Paul! With the new fans, noise is such a simple and reliable way to judge installation quality. (And on another noise-related exhaust ventilation issue... we should also insist that kitchen exhaust hoods be required to be rated at a…"
Jan 30
Paul Raymer replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Capillary break retrofit
"Thanks for the input."
Jan 23
Walter Ahlgrim replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Capillary break retrofit
"I think you are confusing terminology. Capillary break retrofit is a impossibility. A sheet of plastic under a slab of concrete = vapor barrier   A water proof barrier between the footing and the foundation walls= Capillary…"
Jan 23
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Capillary break retrofit
"Place dimple / drainage mat down - insulation - plywood...  The plastic test for concrete doesn't tell you what is under the concrete - poly or not, just if there is moisture in the concrete which will cause issues  Plastic is placed…"
Jan 22
Paul Raymer posted a discussion

Capillary break retrofit

If you want to add a capillary break to a basement or crawl space floor in an existing building, it is difficult to determine if there already is a capillary break (poly) beneath the existing slab.  If you tape a piece of poly on the surface of the existing slab and moisture condenses on the underside of the poly, can you assume that there is no existing capillary break?  Would it be destructive to add another layer of poly to the top of the slab if there is an existing capillary break under…See More
Jan 22
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CSL In-Person Continuing Education Course at Cape & Islands Self-Reliance

November 22, 2019 from 8:30am to 3:30pm
What?Need your 6-hour Construction Supervisor License Continuing Education course that satisfies the new in-person requirement for renewing your Massachusetts CSL license? Paul Raymer, air quality expert, master instructor and building scientist extraordinaire, will be teaching at the Self-Reliance office in Cataumet on Friday, November 22nd from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. “The Systemic Nature of the Whole House: One Thing Leads to Another” provides a comprehensive look at the whole building as a…See More
Nov 14, 2019
Paul Raymer replied to Eric Miller's discussion Best Exhaust Fans - your opinion?
"I certainly agree with Mark regarding the quality of the installation.  Leakage around the housing after installation is usually the major culprit in leakage.  In my testing, I have found that the majority of backdraft dampers in fans work…"
Sep 5, 2019
Paul Raymer replied to Haley Keegan's discussion Baffles without soffit vents?
"Sean -  I'm curious as to why you say the insulation should never touch the sheathing?  That's one I haven't heard before.  Insulation in walls touch the sheathing.  I've never liked soffit venting, and…"
Aug 29, 2019
Tom Wilson replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Protecting presentations in the group Trainers and Mentors
"If anybody asks me, I always offer free use of any of my material (since expansion of the knowledge base is why I got into the business to begin with). However, I have usually added a line at the bottom of my master slide saying something like…"
May 6, 2019

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Angry Air!

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 3:48pm 3 Comments

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor.  It always seeks the path of least resistance.”  He didn’t say that Angry air is Noisy air.   Air doesn’t like being forced through corrugated, flexible ducting, pushed around corners, and made to force open dampers.  It resists being made to perform in a way that it doesn’t want to.  It takes more and more force as the resistance increases.  Air is just fine when you just let it move at will.  It can…

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Healthy Home Evaluator Training

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 1:21pm 0 Comments

Fall River, MA     October 13, 2016

For two days – November 15th and 16th - Paul Raymer of Heyoka Solutions will be teaching a pilot of the BPI HHE course at the Fall River campus of…

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Zonal Pressure Puzzle

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 5:05pm 8 Comments

I have a wonderful little (16 x 14 x 8) test cabin at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.  There are 3 'rooms', one of which stands in as the bathroom.  It has a bath fan in the ceiling and a small, hopper window.  When I depressurize the house to 50 Pascals, the pressure between the bathroom and the main body of the cabin is just 4.3 Pascals.  When I stand in the bathroom with the door closed, air is pouring in through the bathroom fan, there is enough flow to make the fan rotate…

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TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 8:17am 0 Comments

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certific ation, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam. …

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