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House Wrap for Modern Architecture

House Wrap for Modern Architecture

Choosing the correct weather resistant barrier (or house wrap) it's important to take into account the amount of exposure your walls are getting. Houses with more exposure will require a more robust waterproofing strategy. Read on for more information and my tips for choosing the right house wrap for your project.

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The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates

The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates

Working in Texas for over 10 years, I've learned how important it is to select materials that work well with the climate. In this video, I review the benefits of using a metal roof when you're working with in the hot and humid southern states of the US.

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Tips for Building a Net Zero House

Tips for Building a Net Zero House

In this video we identify what it means to build a Net Zero house, and some of the best practices for building Net Zero houses, using one of our own projects as an example. The house we review will generate enough electricity with its Solar Array to have a Zero sum electric bill for the course of the entire year. (Some months the bill will be negative, some months they will have to pay, but overall if you sum the 12 months of the year it will be $0.) Learn more by watching the video below!

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Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup

Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup

Gas has been the traditional king of hot water in the US. With the advent of the Heat Pump water heater I think that tide will change. Here's how I'm solving the capacity issue...

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Fixing Concrete Cracks - Basement Slab Repair

Fixing Concrete Cracks - Basement Slab Repair

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I found a product that's specifically designed for fixing cosmetic cracks in concrete and I thought it worked fantastically well!

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How do you deal with Ice Dams?

How do you deal with Ice Dams?

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Homes in several parts of the country are plagued with ice dams. What do you do to deal with them? Melt, chip, cut, ignore or ????

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Stucco - Best Practice Method using Delta Dry Stucco & Stone

Stucco - Best Practice Method using Delta Dry Stucco & Stone

Stucco is one of the dominate materials used in the South & SouthWest, and I see a lot of installs that look like future issues waiting to happen. Here's a video on a Best Practice method that will give your Stucco facade a fighting chance at draining & drying without getting your building wet.

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Quiet Plumbing Pipes

Quiet Plumbing Pipes

Have you ever heard the embarrassing sound of a toilet fish in the middle of a dinner party? Here's the way to eliminate that!

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How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor?

How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor?

Has a noisy AC Compressor outside a bedroom window ever bothered you? Mitsubishi claims to make the quietest AC Compressor on the market. Let's test and see if their claim is true!

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Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors

Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors

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Have you ever walked by a china cabinet and the contents rattled? Or does your house have an annoying squeak in the floor as you walk down the hallway to your baby's bedroom? In this video I’ll give you three tips for framing a sub-floor that’s beefy and squeak-free!

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PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test

PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test

PL400 has been the gold standard in SubFloor glue for years, but is it the best choice for Advantech Decking? Watch me put these two glues to the test.

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Joe Lstibureks Perfect Wall explained - The 500 Year House

Joe Lstiburek's "Perfect Wall" explained - The 500 Year House

I'm a huge fan of Building Science teacher Joe Lstiburek and I'm finally building my first house with his "Perfect Wall" concept. Join me as I explain this theory for extreme durability and efficiency (and show off a house I'm building in Austin).

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Simple Recessed Medicine Cabinet

Simple Recessed Medicine Cabinet

This simple medicine cabinet is recessed flush into the wall. Simple, yes but it takes a Craftsmen to pull off crisp details. Watch this video for some tips for your bathroom remodel project.

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The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 major window frame materials are Vinyl, Fiberglass/Composite, Aluminum, & Wood. In this video we will discuss the pros/cons of each type along with my recommendations for the Hot/Humid Southern US.

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Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!

Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!

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I'd venture to guess that most houses in the Southern US aren't very comfortable. They are either too cold or too hot! The missing component in HVAC is Dehumidification. Ultra-Aire has a new Dehum that I think is a game changer.

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