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Modern Hardie Siding Details w/ Exterior Rigid Foam

Modern Hardie Siding Details w/ Exterior Rigid Foam

In this video I'll show you some modern hardie siding details we used to overcome the issues encountered with exterior rigid foam installation.

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Flashing A Recessed Window using Liquid Tyvek

Flashing A Recessed Window using Liquid Tyvek

Flashing a recessed window is tricky, this new product from DuPont Tyvek called Fluid Applied (Liquid Tyvek!) makes the process much simpler. In this jobsite video we will take you through the steps to form a water tight, air tight, and vapor permeable window install.

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Wood Siding - Best Practice Installation Method

Wood Siding - Best Practice Installation Method

You don't see much real wood siding on houses anymore, but wood can be a durable (and beautiful) option if we take the care to install it correctly. In this video I'll show you the tricks to a wood siding installation that will set you up for decades of beauty for your home.

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Insulating behind a brick wall?

Insulating behind a brick wall?

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I audited a brick house this week. There's no insulation in the walls. The customer doesn't want to blow from the inside (b/c the inside walls are papered and they're concerned about how the finishes...

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Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

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The exterior insulation adds thermal efficiency.  Perhaps even more important, in our marine climate, our code (Portland, OR) then allows us to omit the interior vapor barrier, and we can build...

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Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately?

Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately?

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Considering advances in product quality, energy efficiency, and improved manufacturing, it pays to take a second (or third) look at vinyl siding.

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Can Bark Outlast Vinyl Siding by Fifty Years?

Can Bark Outlast Vinyl Siding by Fifty Years?

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Looking for an energy-efficient, durable, green alternative to standard siding? The answer may be the next tree over.

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1930s American Foursquare

1930s American Foursquare

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We bought a 1930 American Foursquare in 2006 which we are still restoring and updating. There was only one outlet on the second floor in the hallway for 4 bedrooms & 1 bathroom! The house had the...

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Greenest siding on the planet, among other things

Greenest siding on the planet, among other things

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Yesterday started at 6:00 am with a 3-mile run on the Vegas Strip, and it ended around 1:00 am this morning when my computer froze up as I was trying to post this blog. I lost what I had written and...

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200 s.f. Art Studio

200 s.f. Art Studio

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     Small art studio I built for a good friend of mine.  In Olympia you can build a freestanding structure up to 200 s.f. (recently raised from 100 s.f.) without a permit. It was...

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