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Old 12-26-2012, 12:25 PM   #16
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The frost has found it for you. Look no farther, it's approximately centered on that frost area or slightly below coming in under the siding. When the wind drives against the side of the house the air is going to move left , right and up in this instance.

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Wouldn't the tyvec stop the wind from entering the home?

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There is little moisture in cold air, and Alberta air is about as cold as it can get. Thats why I am suggesting that is interior moisture condensing on a cold surface. Exactly the same as the frost forming on the bottom corners of your windows.
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Just because the house has Tyvek that doesnt mean it was installed correctly and believe me, sloppy installs happen way more than youd think. Even if its taped there is likely nothing sealing it at the very bottom.

Id still want to see what the sheathing looks like on the other side of the wall at that spot. That type of inspection would be real easy to do with vinyl. But... with as cold as it is right now you need to be real careful with the siding. It will be very brittle and can break easily.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #20
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Wouldn't the tyvec stop the wind from entering the home?

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Not even close.

Tyvek, as it is normally installed, is just a bulk moisture barrier and not an air barrier.

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There is little moisture in cold air, and Alberta air is about as cold as it can get. Thats why I am suggesting that is interior moisture condensing on a cold surface. Exactly the same as the frost forming on the bottom corners of your windows.
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All the moisture is from inside the home and it is just condensing and frosting on the cold exterior structure.

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Just because the house has Tyvek that doesnt mean it was installed correctly and believe me, sloppy installs happen way more than youd think. Even if its taped there is likely nothing sealing it at the very bottom.

Id still want to see what the sheathing looks like on the other side of the wall at that spot. That type of inspection would be real easy to do with vinyl. But... with as cold as it is right now you need to be real careful with the siding. It will be very brittle and can break easily.
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It will crack like peanut brittle. Don't even try if it is cold.

Fix the ribbon/band joist area.

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Rim joist/vapor barrier "search" results;
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Your reaction now would be to find it and fix it. I just jumped to page 2 and read one poster saying check under the siding too. I would wait until the spring, check under the siding with full path to inside visible from where you took the photo. You'll make the best decision then.

One test you can make, if noone suggested it, is better insulating the area around the air register. For the frost bay and at least 1 bay next, I would replace the batt with closed cell foam board: seal the wood member joints with good caulk or spray foam (good caulk is better controlled and cheaper), install foam board, seal the perimeter with spray foam (because gaps are bigger), install another foam board, seal the perimeter again,,, you get the idea. Go to about r-19 at least. Insulate and cut out the air. After a week, in another cold day, rip out the insulation from the frost bay and see if you have frost. The test is for your enjoyment and knowledge.

Any similar heating location in the house, recommend checking under the wall.

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