January 10th: While initial public commentary period should have started on the 1st, it has been pushed back to get approval on the form to be used (link below & approved.) An official notice should be coming out in the next week (Official Page & Form valid to March 31st) and I expect to see […]
It’s that time of year again when the air is drier which can lead frizzy hair, static shock &/or for those in older homes, the doors to finally shut properly. It is also cold & flu season with many doctors recommending humidifiers be run at night for kids who get sick. For many the questions […]
UPDATED It is that time again, as the 2018 IRC & numerous other building codes have been published, the State of Illinois is now under the clock to adopt the latest IECC per the EEB Act. The timeline as it stands at the moment is: September 2017 – Publication Date December 2017 – Convene initial […]
There are two simple things to always keep in mind, gravity always wins and all things expand & contract. Case in point, this mailbox post cover… Oops (Hey Manufacturers there is a simple fix for this)
Lately there have been some questions on just when should I or how early can I do a Blower Door Test. This is also referred to as an air leakage or envelope leakage test (aka as the second part of the DET code mandated testing). This is quickly followed up by what do I need […]
No need for thermal imaging, or other high tech measures to find this leak… Maybe a better caption though is sometimes a Band-Aid wont do (or 7) & you just need to fix the issue.
No folks, this is not a recommended practice per the manufacturer, but hey whatever it takes right?
The storm has passed and maybe you just lost a few shingles, a branch might have dented the sheathing, or maybe you just need to cover over an opening (like we did here for an unused furnace vent), is it really worth filling a claim or… If you got the ability, maybe patching up the […]
This is enough to cause major anxiety in someone opening up a wall in a remodel, but seeing this in a new house… No this wasn’t caused by selective termites, it just arrived from the lumber yard like this. Now as for who thought this would still be something worth using…
I got to admit, this one threw me for a loop… It’s in a basement right off the stairs in the main walkway Shoot anyone have any ideas? The sump pump is 8′ away right next to the wall, this is 6′ from the wall, not near anything requiring load bearing footings…