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Can You Add Rigid-Foam Insulation On the Inside of a Wall?

Can You Add Rigid-Foam Insulation On the Inside of a Wall?

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Leaving exterior walls intact during a kitchen remodel, a builder has a plan for boosting the insulation and getting a good air seal by applying rigid foam on the inside.

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Some flimsy metal with some shims stuck in the gap is weather tight for a new door, right?

Some flimsy metal with some shims stuck in the gap is weather tight for a new door, right?

I thought by buying a high end patio door through the showroom and using their recommended installer, the installation would be then best. The door they replaced was rotted (which they said...

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Finally, a foam gun that will last (I hope)

Finally, a foam gun that will last (I hope)

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Years ago, I grew tired of spending money on disposable cans of spray foam. With the exception of some of the newer multi-use throw-away cans (see a video here), I knew the reusable spray foam guns...

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Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

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Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) and the Wall Street Journal take aim at green building.

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Finishing trim around my windows and lattice work with raw posts

Finishing trim around my windows and lattice work with raw posts

I let the sun color the wood a golden brown then I added Blond thompsons water seal. I also did the lattice work and the post the same color

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The Goldilocks Approach to Tight Houses: Is There A 'Just-Right' For Leakiness?

Many say "Tight houses need to breathe." To which, tight house advocates say "Where should I poke the hole, and how big should it be?"

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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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BUILDING SKILLS: Tape Housewrap Seams to Keep Water and Air Out

BUILDING SKILLS: Tape Housewrap Seams to Keep Water and Air Out

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Learn how to seal building paper seams for water-tight exterior walls.

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Notes from the Pacific Coast Builders Show

Notes from the Pacific Coast Builders Show

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A look at the show's best and worst offerings

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Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer

Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer

A session at the 2010 NAHB showcased a new web-based software can help you price out an energy retrofit without leaving your desktop

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¡Viva Verde!

¡Viva Verde!

For green building to survive it has to become bilingual.

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Re-Sealable Spray Foam

Re-Sealable Spray Foam

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Try out this new can of spray foam that doesn't harden between uses.

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Save Spray Foam

Save Spray Foam

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Don't throw away half-full cans of spay foam. Save them for later use with this tip.

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10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills

10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills

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Modeled on the ‘food pyramid,’ the conservation pyramid provides a step-by-step guide for energy retrofit work

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Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?

Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?

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To repair or replace the windows on your antique home? Before you make your final decision, read the article by Rob Yagid.

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Ready or Not

Ready or Not

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The Suddenly it's Here and Now Future of Energy Remodeling

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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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Asphalt-Shingle Cutting Guide

Asphalt-Shingle Cutting Guide

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Here is a little jig I made for cutting asphalt shingles for cut roof valleys

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Radon! Now Playing in a Home Near You!

Radon! Now Playing in a Home Near You!

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Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., accounting for more than 20,000 cases a year, according to the EPA.

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Contractors See Lean Times and Big Opportunities in 2010

Contractors See Lean Times and Big Opportunities in 2010

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Contractors predict that next year will bring more of the same pain to the home-building market, but there are also big opportunities.

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