In the early 1990s that I bumped into a marvelous little book by the Dutch architect John Habraken titled Supports. He argued passionately that the process of making housing must preserve the â€śnatural relationshipâ€ť that humans need to have with the place where they live. . .
We bought a disaster of a house, which had been partially renovated, but partially gutted as well. The kitchen was the focus, which had floors 2-inches out of level, sagging beams, and old wiring and...
Mold growth on studs is mostly a surface phenomenon and can be washed off with soap, water, and an abrasive pad. But, Decay, or rot, is caused by fungus that can attack the cell walls of wood and eventually cause structural failure.
Submitted by David White of Cupertino, California, and demonstrated by Charles Miller, this expert tip will save you time in aggravation in determining power-cord polarity in tight spaces or dark conditions.
You donâ€™t have to be a building-science expert to know that trapped moisture is bad for houses. To help slow moisture diffusion through roof, wall, and floor assemblies, many expertsâ€”and in some parts of the country, building codesâ€”demand the use of vapor retarders. Across the building industry, however, the term vapor barrier is commonly used in place of vapor retarder. This misuse raises the question of whether the two terms categorize the same products and whether those products have the same performance traits.