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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

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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Water Heater thats also an AC!  ATI66 Heat Pump Water Heater Review

Water Heater that's also an AC! ATI66 Heat Pump Water Heater Review

I like Heat Pump Water Heaters, they heat water and they throw off cool & dehumidified air! Seems like the perfect product to have inside our Hot Texas homes. See my full review of the AirGenerate ATI 66 gallon HPWH.

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The Lexus HVAC system - Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology

The "Lexus" HVAC system - Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology

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Air Conditioners are sized for the Hottest day of the year. This results in rather uncomfortable AC about 70% of the time, as well as electric bills that are needlessly high. Enter Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology. This allows your AC to run at any capacity from 15% up to 100%. Join me for a system overview

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Southern HVAC Best Practice Videos

Southern HVAC Best Practice Videos

This is my collection of my 9 best HVAC related videos. Most will be relevant no matter your climate but many speak specifically to best practice for the Southern US.

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Nest Review - Builder Perspective

Nest Review - Builder Perspective

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The Nest thermostat has a ton of buzz, but is it worth the price? In this review you'll hear my perspective as a builder.

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Energy-Efficient San Francisco Remodel

Energy-Efficient San Francisco Remodel

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The Kumar Residence, nestled in the hills of Belmont, CA is an 1100 square foot addition and remodel of an existing 1950′s mid-century modern ranch house that needed updating, and more living...

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Texas Deep-Energy Retrofit Remodel

Texas Deep-Energy Retrofit Remodel

When you hear about a deep energy retrofit project most people think of the snowy North Eastern US. I can tell you that the strategy for a Northern remodel with energy efficiency in mind is very different that our strategy for Hot/Humid Texas. In this video I'll show you 6 things we are doing to making a dramatic difference in this 1950's slab on grade house's energy bills.

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