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  • Insulation That Works

    In more than 25 years of consulting with builders on ways to avoid callbacks, Steve Easley has spent his time solving problems related the heat and moisture transfer, because this is where builders — even very good builders who deliver well-appointed homes to the coastal elite — most often get...

  • Tiled Showers

    Q: While we've never had problems with our tile-shower installations, new surface-applied waterproofing membranes and waterproof backerboards have me wondering if it's time to change our approach. We typically install cement backerboard over a poly membra

  • Energy & Moisture Matters

    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.

  • Rain-Screen Retrofit

    Improper flashing, unprimed cedar, and a southern exposure had all contributed to a moldy mess.

  • Letters

    Open-cell foam in unvented attics; code clarification; bees in brick; Alaska energy code

  • Testing for Moisture In Concrete Slabs

    Before installing flooring over concrete, do a calcium chloride test to make sure it's truly dry.

  • Does Drenched Insulation Dry Out

    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

  • Persistent Mildew

    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

  • Kitchen & Bath

    Cooking; tiling

  • Soundings

    Lift-and-Slide Doors ~ Crawlspace Mold