Posts made in October, 2011

Day 64: Plumbing

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Plumbing | 4 comments

Day 64: Plumbing

One of the things I have not been documenting adequately is the work that is being done to the inside of the house.  In part this is because there’s not much glamorous or interesting about it, but the other part is that I’m doing a lot of the work myself.  Getting work done with the inevitable delays, runs to Home Depot and countless interruptions is hard enough, but stopping to take pictures along the way seems to be the final straw.  I find that working on a system requires time to get into a zone (a lot like computer programming!), and once you’re there, you...

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Come visit today!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Insulation | 1 comment

This is very short notice, but anyone who is interested can stop by the house this afternoon to watch the insulation install.  This is a fleeting opportunity, so come and visit if you can.

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Day 63: Blower Door Test #2, Part II

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Airtightness | 1 comment

As pointed out in Part I of this update, the blower door test was a success from the beginning.  I’m not sure what everyone was expecting (well, I predicted ‘heartbreak’ and Tim thought we’d start at 500-600 CFM, so clearly we were pessimistic) but we started off with a great number on the very first test.  Take a look at everyone’s reaction to the first reading (ignore what Ryan’s saying about Al complaining – he certainly does like to complain, but it’s an endearing trait): Starting out under 300 CFM did not mean that our work was done. ...

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Day 63: Blower Door Test #2, Part I

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Airtightness | 0 comments

Day 63: Blower Door Test #2, Part I

Tim has a concise post on his blog, so check it out when you have a chance.  If, on the other hand, you want a lengthy explanation, I can help you out  I’ve had a lot of questions about what a blower door test is, how it works and what it means, so I’ll try and break it down here a bit. A ‘blower door‘ is basically a plastic sheet that fits into an exterior door frame of a house.  It has gaskets on the sides to create a complete seal against the doorway (the door can be taken off to allow for a flush fit) and metal bracing to adjust the sheet to all sides of the...

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Days 61 & 62: Foam

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Basement, Insulation | 2 comments

Days 61 & 62: Foam

In the pantheon of insulation, the flashiest of them all is foam.    Plastic resin foams are now ubiquitous in all modern construction and there’s a good reason for that: foams come in a wide range of materials, applications and prices.  From the lowly can o’ foam you can get from your local hardware store to the massive tanks of heated chemicals that comes with a professional installer, there’s something for everyone. We’ve run the full gamut in our project, giving me a unique opportunity to work with almost all that the chemical insulation industry has to offer. ...

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