Podcast Episode 73 — Ridge Venting and Insulating Rim Joists
Dealing with sub-contractors and LBM suppliers who disappoint. And your ideal work set-up vehicle.
Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink joins design editor Brian “Brandy” Pontolilo and FHB editorial director Rob Yagid in this episode. The guys talk about Rob’s ridge vent fiasco (spoiler alert: bad installation; see photo below) and Justin’s fiasco at a building material supplier. Plus, tiled shower kits for standard openings.
Listener Gabe asks about an alternate way to insulate rim joists in a basement that avoids foam. Another listener, Aaron, writes in to tell us about renovating a house that is in just terrible shape, by incompetent workers who he nominates for the “Schmuck of the Week” award. Take a look at the bad venting on this “renovated” roof:
Finally, a listener named Brad from Georgia asks about insulation on a basement wall.
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Other links related to this issue:
- GAF Cobra Snow Country ridge vent.
- Roof Venting Done Right.
- Adequate Roof Venting.
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Here’s a photo of Rob’s attic after a poorly installed ridge vent. No actual vent cut … just claw hammer marks where holes were bashed: