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More stories about Whole-House Systems

  • Installing A Heat-Recovery Ventilator

    A ventilation contractor explains the ducting, sizing, wiring, and balancing that produce an effective HRV installation.

  • Q&A: Makeup Air for an Exhaust-Only Ventilation System

    Q: Q. I’m building a tight house with above-average attention to air sealing, and I plan to ventilate with a Panasonic exhaust fan running continuously. Will the cracks around windows and doors admit adequate makeup air, or do I need to provide wall vents

  • Resources

    Climate-specific building guides

  • Electrical Q&A for Remodelers

    A master electrician addresses questions and concerns about old and retrofit wiring on the typical remodeling site.

  • Q&A: Must Remodel Come Up to Code?

    Q: If an electrician comes and does work, does he have to bring the whole house up to code? Are there certain things he has to do and others that are optional? What is permitted versus what is best practice?

  • Products

    Cheap live-current tester; underground electrical splice kit; new compact whole-house AC; ICF bolt holder; squeak-free floor fastener; ridge-vent installs with nailgun; undercabinet halogen lights; fancier thermostats

  • Resources

    Electrical wiring guides

  • Electrical Code Update

    A veteran electrician gives you a leg up on your inspector with this summary of the latest NEC changes.

  • Products

    Tool belt system, tailgate step, cold weather paint, stronger felt underlayment, retrofit downlight kits

  • Installing Water-Managed Synthetic Stucco

    Water leaking through poorly installed flashing and wall penetrations has proved the downfall of many EIFS jobs. A North Carolina plasterer explains how he replaces failed EIFS cladding with a two-coat stucco system specifically designed to prevent moisture damage.