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Why Building a Thatch Roof makes Sense

Why Building a Thatch Roof makes Sense

The fact that thatched roofs have been around for so long is no accident. Instead, it has a lot to do with the fact that they are not only attractive, but they are also strong and...

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Replacement Windows without the Replacement Window Look

Replacement Windows without the Replacement Window Look

Background We were not happy with the appearance of the four new double hung replacement windows in our kitchen and two bathrooms. For us, there were two main problems: 1.Significant loss of glass...

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The Parker on La Casa

The Parker on La Casa

This modern design residential project located in Austin, TX had tough requirements for window U-factor and SHG coefficient that Integrity Windows and Doors was able to meet, while being an economical choice.

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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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Solar In the City

Solar In the City

A renovated Victorian becomes a self sustaining Zero energy home.

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Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Sources for home improvement materials and information

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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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Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

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Learn to decipher the codes on the window labels, and know what stats to look for in a good window (and what meets current building codes). In this video I'll explain in plain english what U-Factor means (and how to relate it to R-value), as well as the meaning to SHGC.

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Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

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Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions.

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Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

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There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area.

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Cheap Trick - Recessed Dryer Box Model 425 Review

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If you've ever installed a clothes dryer you know the vent at the back is in danger of being choked & pinched the moment you push the unit into place. This little $30 part is worth it's weight in gold!

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How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

As a builder in the hot and humid South, I regularly use spray foam in my houses. Spray foam makes it much easier to encapsulate my attic (where most HVAC systems in Texas live) so that my ducts are inside the thermal envelope.

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Maintain your Tankless, or else!

Maintain your Tankless, or else!

Your fancy Tankless Water Heater needs maintenance, and if you neglect this annual flush you may be destained for trouble. See this 5 minute video on how to do a vinegar flush to remove calcium deposits from your tankless unit's boiler.

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Converting an Incandescent Ceiling Can to an LED

Converting an Incandescent Ceiling Can to an LED

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Energy-saving retrofits don't get much easier than this. Because the old can stays put, you can convert a fixture in minutes.

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Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House

Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House

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The only regret I have in my full house remodel was believing a Smart House was going to make my life better.

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Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater w/ H20 heat exchanger

Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater w/ H20 heat exchanger

A Finnish Contraflow masonry heater with H20 heat exchanger and veneered with Monarch sandstone in Colorado Gulch Montana. Design by Ron Pihl (owner of WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs), installation...

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Tulikivi Gemini

Tulikivi Gemini

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Tulikivi Gemini in Holiday mode, near Stevensville MT. Installation by WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs.

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Tulikivi Custom TTU2700 with Soapstone Shelves

Tulikivi Custom TTU2700 with Soapstone Shelves

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Big Sky Country see-through Tulikivi fireplace in Big Sky, Mt. Installation by WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs.

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Tulikivi Custom Boulder

Tulikivi Custom Boulder

A rugged fireplace for rough country - this one-of-a-kind Tulikivi Boulder Style fireplace provides heat for an Everlog home in Western Montana, while also providing a platform for baking on its back...

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Tulikivi Custom TTU2700

Tulikivi Custom TTU2700

Architect, Rann Haight designed this Tulikivi fireplace to blend with the Arts and Crafts theme in this Utah home. Installed by WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs.

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