Built Wrong From the Start
Top 10 blunders that rot your house, waste your money, and make you sick.
Synopsis: A builder with a Ph.D. in building science explains why even the best materials can ruin a house if installed improperly or implemented as part of a poor design. Complete with detailed pictures and illustrations, this list includes more than just simple tips; it highlights the causes and solutions of many common but overlooked problems. This author addresses problems related to basement insulation; vented crawlspaces; attic ducts and air handlers; frame rotting; pan flashing windows and doors; brick and stucco drainage; air-conditioning pathways; toxic gases; and gas space heaters and fireplaces.
I’ve been a building scientist for more than 20 years. Before that, I was a builder. Even though I followed standard building methods, some of my houses were turning into drafty wrecks that were rotting on their foundations. What went wrong? In 1983, I went back to college to get my Ph.D. in building science, the study…