July 1, 1996
Whenever I'm drilling sheet-metal ducting for screws or rivets, the drill bit raises a burr that prevents the heads from sitting flush with the metal. My solution to this problem…
May 1, 1996
The proper proportions and long-lasting materials make a structure that looks good and helps ventilate house, barn or shop
March 1, 1996
Q: We built a tight house and installed a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) because of our concern about the fresh-air supply. However, the unit tends to whistle, even when it is run…
January 1, 1996
Three case studies illustrate the importance of controlling humidity and air leakage.
September 1, 1995
Q: I need to repair the tops of the two chimneys on my house. The main flue of one chimney is no longer used because we have replaced our furnace with a…
July 1, 1995
To expel kitchen moisture and grease efficiently, select an appropriate exhaust system and make the duct run short and straight.
May 1, 1995
Q: Every winter, water stains appear in our bedroom at the corner between the ceiling and the exterior wall. Instead of painting again, I decided to replace the affected drywall. When…
January 1, 1995
Q: My garage is used primarily for antique-auto restoration, but its blacktop floor is so soft that on a hot day a bicycle kickstand will sink into the floor and the…
A demonstration house in Canada shows new approaches to energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive construction.
November 1, 1994
Q: I have some questions about hydronic heating: What is the difference between black steel pipe and galvanized steel pipe? Can copper and black pipe be mixed in the same system?…
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