Wow three things in just one simple picture… ok granted one was allowed before by codes but it isn’t to smart. Scroll down & see if you caught all the issues & let us know how you did.
So how did you do?
Measure twice & cut once – sage advice but why do people seemingly always end up with trim either too long or too short?
There are generally three main reasons: the tape itself has some slop in it (butted versus pulled), they cut on the wrong side of the line /...Read More »
- Weather-stripping: Good shape
- Door air-sealed properly: Yes it is
- Always like this i.e. bad install: mostly no
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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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)...Read More »
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...Read More »
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....Read More »
No folks, this is not a recommended practice per the manufacturer, but hey whatever it takes right?...Read More »
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...Read More »
This is enough to cause major anxiety in someone opening up a wall in a remodel, but seeing this in a new house…
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...Read More »
Curious about the newly updated OSHA Silica Dust Standard that has some in an uproar, well so was JB at Building Moxie. In short §1926.1153 aka the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard will start being enforced starting September 23rd for contractors. As most visitor’s to his site are not contractors &...Read More »
I couldn’t believe it when I saw this…
A closer look?
So unless they were listening to dancing on the ceiling, they actually stood the wall up after the workers stepped all over it with mud & who knows what else on their boots. So when the WRB fails, don’t blame...Read More »
Nobody likes looking at wires running up to their TV or computers, but hiding them like this…
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That was essentially what one competitor said at this years TeamWorks competition… Well at least he got the weep system installed, well sort of…
How it should have looked:
Rounded corners were optional but these two competitors did a little showing off
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Ahh my vacation – attending SkillsUSA National Championship as a judge in the TeamWorks event. Yep vacation; no pay, staying at a hotel but having one good time. For those that don’t know – TeamWorks is a four day competition that mimics real life. There is one Carpenter, an...Read More »
This marks my 5th year attending the SkillsUSA National Championships and once again I have been blown away by not only the talent of some of these up & coming tradesmen & women but how well they act and carry themselves. Just think, out of the 6000+ competitors I would...Read More »
You know I have heard of green roofs, but… Yes folks, that is a tree growing out of a gutter – me wonders how long ago they cleaned them…...Read More »