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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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Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows -  Part One

Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows - Part One

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Windows built 50 to 100 years ago often were constructed from woods that are no longer available. So it makes sense to refurbish them when they get tired.

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I cant install this - Poka-Yoke on the job site

"I can't install this" - Poka-Yoke on the job site

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How do you prevent job site mistakes? The Japanese Management Technique of Poka-Yoke of course! See how I use this principle on my jobs to ensure we don't cover up a mistake that could cause problems years down the line. -Matt Risinger

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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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Installing Commercial Windows In A Residence - Best Practice

Installing Commercial Windows In A Residence - Best Practice

I love the look of Modern Architecture, but these modern details involving no overhangs & commercial windows require a lot of fore thought on the part of the builder. In this video I'll show you the Best Practice Install for Commercial Windows in Residential Construction.

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Weatherizations Home-Stretch Recovery

Weatherization's Home-Stretch Recovery

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Even though the expanded Weatherization Assistance Program struggled out of the gate – and can always be improved – it has produced encouraging, credible results

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Mountain Porch Retreat

Mountain Porch Retreat

Our region has an extended outdoor season that the homeowners wanted to take full advantage of. The existing deck was not adequate for hosting large parties and had no covered space for protection...

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A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency

A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency

Proposed legislation would require home appraisals to reflect expected energy costs, allow homeowners to recover investments in upgrades, and even create jobs in the retrofit and construction sectors

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 5 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 5 of 5

Compared to the 2000s, the coming decade for remodelers is expected to feature more stability, and more spending in two key emerging markets, the Joint Center for Housing Studies says

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 3 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 3 of 5

Although the remodeling industry is still highly fragmented, larger firms have continued consolidate and attract a growing share of jobs

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 2 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 2 of 5

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The Joint Center for Housing Studies takes a closer look at how remodeling’s ups and downs over the past decade reshaped the industry for the decade to come

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Lead Paint: The Fines Are Real

Lead Paint: The Fines Are Real

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An Oregon painting contractor shells out over $32K for failing to comply with lead-paint regulations.

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A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

Remodeling Market Index stays put as NAHB reminds consumers tax credits are about to expire for energy-efficiency improvements; meanwhile, Meritage reports a third-quarter profit and the Labor Department reports an employment jump for October

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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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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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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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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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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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