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We ask a panel of building scientists and builders — all keen, experienced observers of wood-frame performance issues — to answer some of the questions that never seem to go away.
Improper flashing, unprimed cedar, and a southern exposure had all contributed to a moldy mess.
Open-cell foam in unvented attics; code clarification; bees in brick; Alaska energy code
Before installing flooring over concrete, do a calcium chloride test to make sure it's truly dry.
Q: A winter's worth of rain fell on a large hillside home we're building before we could complete the roof. Though we tarped the project, rainwater seeped through the first-floor decking and into the floor framing of a basement wine cellar. I suspect that
Q: Twelve years ago, we sided a house with vertical-grain cedar treated with a solid oil stain. When mildew started to appear, we were asked to return and apply a second coat of stain. The house cleaned up nicely when we washed it with a bleaching solutio
Lift-and-Slide Doors ~ Crawlspace Mold
Q: In a SIP, how secure is the bond between the OSB skin and the EPS (expanded polystyrene) core? Can this bond be compromised by water infiltration or insect damage, or could the insulated core deteriorate over time? If that bond were to fail, it seems to me the whole structure would fall apart...
Surface protection; mold fighters; accessibility; efficient lighting
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