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A Word on Insulation

A Word on Insulation

During the planning stages of this project, we had come up with a few strategies to create a thick layer of insulation and a primary air barrier using dense-packed cellulose and a fabric such as Pro Clima’s  Mento Plus.  Using this type of system, it is possible...
Demo and Framing the Roof

Demo and Framing the Roof

IMG_0609_sm Removing the Old IMG_0608_sm New Frame goes in IMG_0610_sm Don’t Insulate this Way! IMG_0606_sm New Roof Liine Once the decision was made to rip off the old roof and replace it with new, we just needed to figure out the details.  This involved a...
Begining the Roof

Begining the Roof

Once the floor system was stabilized, it was time to see what was going on with the roof.  In years past, we had a few problems with ice dams. Ice dams are caused when snow on the roof is melted by warm, interior air temperatures.   The now-liquid water flows down the...
Rim Joist and Piers

Rim Joist and Piers

After we exposed the rim joist, we found a few other deficiencies.  We jacked and straightened the rim joist (more of a beam in this case).  The rim joist was made up of a double 2x8, this was not strong enough to support the loads between the piers, so we would need...
Oh Snap!

Oh Snap!

     So… as indicated by the condition of the plywood we had some rot at the bottom plate and rim joist.  We had some friendly neighborhood carpenter ants in there as well.  This is a good example of how quickly a small maintenance issue can turn into a much larger,...
Re-Boot!

Re-Boot!

    Well, we are back.  After a long while, and after realizing our initial plan of a complete retrofit and participating in National Grid’s DER pilot program would have been too costly for us and too time consuming to do ‘on the side’, we have...