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First Look – Upcoming codes & changes coming in 2015

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How does that saying go – forewarned is forearmed? While your local maybe years away from adopting the latest versions of the IRC & IECC knowing in advance what is coming down the pike… Ready for this, there are other changes coming that are likely to impact you no matter what your jurisdiction does. As […]

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Creating a Raised Garden Bed – Part Deux

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In an earlier post, we created a simple raised garden bed from 2×12’s – ahh but what happens if you want taller than that. While we have done some with 6×6’s around 3′ tall the costs for those now is astronomical. In this case we simply went with 4×6’s which was about half the cost. […]

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Home Retrofits – Lessons Learned

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Late April & early May for me was filled up by conferences that included ACI National & a regional EEBA conference on Houses that Work. One of the sessions I attended at ACI was a shared presentation based on using ductless heat pumps (DHP) in cold climates & the 1000 home challenge. While this may […]

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Why you might want to consider an Artificial Lawn

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Artificial grass… ooh that can conjure up some pretty strong thoughts and opinions from many that have seen or even used those products in the past. Ahh but the winds of change are blowing and so have the products. This week we have Millie Rainer who offers up her thoughts on “Why It Is Time […]

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Wacky Weds: From foam to fiberglass to cellulose?

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No matter the product, it all comes down to the installer… Amazingly this was captured in a fully completed brand new million plus dollar house and easily visible. As mentioned, it doesn’t matter what the product is (foam, fiberglass or in this case cellulose) it doesn’t help if it is not installed properly or you […]

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Wacky Weds: Why do we always say grade 3 for fiberglass insulation?

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One item that always seems to floor builders & even homeowners is that if we can’t verify how well insulation was installed, we mark it down as  grade 3 (worse grading we can give). Why do we do that – well here is one example from my own house when I opened up an exterior wall… Hmmm, […]

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Wacky Weds: Always Check those Flue Pipes

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In case you think we are kidding that a professional should check your heating system each year… Inside view of the damage condensation does (from when it wasn’t blocked) For all my friends sold on CAZ testing – I got to ask, just how long does that “your house & naturally drafted appliances are all good” valid for? This house passed […]

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Wacky Weds: Clearance 11′ & Oh…

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Can you say oops? To top it off this isn’t on the entrance side but rather on the exit side of this motel… As a bonus, most people never get to see how they run electric under the streets – when visiting Kansas City they had a huge section of the roadway open showing us […]

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Wacky Wednesday: Exposed Conduit?

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Recently I was in a new home & I got to say I was surprised as I saw this… Yes that is exposed conduit that they tried to cover over with sheetrock mud… Granted it was in a semi finished basement but really???

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7+ Questions not to ask your Contractor

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Theresa & Mark Clement of My Fix It Up Life if I wanted to participate on one of their Google Hangouts. While I am not a big fan of getting my picture taken much less being on video I accepted immediately. There was only one catch, […]

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