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Old 06-19-2012, 11:16 PM   #196
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Got a question for some of you who might have the answer.
Should we do a closed, no vent, soffit on the gable eves or an open, vented soffit?
There will be no air flow access into the attic space through these gable end eves.
Plan to put vented soffits under the porch eves when we put the porch on later.

I'm asking now so I can start buying the soffits shortly.

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Old 06-26-2012, 11:24 PM   #197
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No answers?

Got 2 walls left in the basement then I will have all the Roxul done down there. Leaving the studs with the water lines in them open for now so we can test the lines. Got a lead on more Roxul at a different hardware store. I need at least 9 bundles to finish out the upstairs stud walls.

On a good report the house wrap held up under a 40+ mph wind gust today.

Went back through the fire block link again. I picked up a can of that fire foam for around the wires and pipes. Yes I know that stuff is not a fire block. Looking at getting some metal plates to put around those openings.

Showed hubyy a house in town that did cedar shakes on their gable ends. It looks super neat. He agrees that that is what we both like for the gable ends.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:51 PM   #198
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GBR we are going to have a 6 foot wide porch all the way around the house. I went back looking at the links you posted. Thank you for that. Thinking of the undereve vents for temporary use until the porch is put on and then we are going to run some vents through the porch.
I was just up in the attic today and it is 85 degrees winds are out of the northwest. The gable vents are not doing real well with the wind from that direction. Felt like an oven up there.
So after the last 9 bundles of Roxul I know what I am buying next. The eve vents.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:06 PM   #199
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Big mistake. Instead of sucking the hot moist air from the soffits, through the rafter bays and out through the ridge vents, it will just suck the air from the gable vents and do nothing to remove the moist air that needs to go to prevent mold from setting in.
Are you sure your soffit vents are clear and there's enough of them?
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #200
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Joe we have a ridge vent on the peak of the roof and put a gable end vent on each end. There should be a picture on the page before this one.

That is the only venting we currently have in the attic area
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:26 PM   #201
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Ok got a day off. Been running like crazy and not sure what day I am on. LOL!

Going to buy 4 bundles of Roxel this week to start finishing putting it between the studs.
Finally! got the phone guy out to run the lines in the house. Going to get the internet guy out to run his cable too while the walls are open.

Got a contractor out to give us a bid on doing the doors. What the one suggested just about floored me.
Run spray foam under our doors and if that doesn't work after a couple years then pull the doors.
I'm dead serious that is what he told us.
Said do the simpliest fix first then do the harder fix if needed.

Yes my husband was lapping that up like it was sugar. The guys son could tell I was thinking he was an idiot. I don't have a good poker face.

I know pulling the doors and running flashing and caulking under them is the only way to fix the leaks. I've searched this site enough to know that.

Priced out flooring and the floor I want in the upstairs would cost around $8,000.00 so there is no way I am going to spend that much and have it wrecked by water.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:50 AM   #202
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Got the Roxul 99% done in the basement. Just the area of the water lines and the bathroom wall next to the furnance room is left.
Putting it upstairs now. Got one wall in our bedroom done. Less then half left on the other wall.

On a good note hubby agreed that the spray foam would not work.
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:12 PM   #203
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I can totally understand why you call this your dream house ...
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:17 PM   #204
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Good news!
Talked to the Pella guys and they are trying to set up a Wednesday to come out and pull all the doors and run the flashing, caulking and drip edges on all 5 doors!
No hubby doesn't know;yet.

Got 6 bundles of Roxel instead of 4. Got it all up in the master bedroom and almost all the way around the master bath. Put up 2 1/2 bundles so far.
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Just flat out crazy!

The Pella guys came out. The doors are square just not plum.
They think some of the water was leaking in through a couple checks in the logs above the doors.
They pulled the east door to see what is going on with them.

I sealed the checks above the east door.

Contacted our builders and they are coming back tomorrow.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:12 AM   #206
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I sure would like to see more pics of what you have been doing. dorf dude...
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:34 AM   #207
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Basement door


Roxul in walls












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Old 09-20-2012, 04:09 PM   #208
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Sorry if im just missing something and showing my ignorance, but how did you get the Roxel to stay up in the ceiling before you put on the vapor barrier? In the new construction ive seen they always use wire, but then again im in Texas so maybe things are done differently. How did you get them to stay up there?
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I was of the impression that Roxul was slightly over-sized for 16 O.C. framing at a full 16". When you install, you compress, insert and release. The expansion holds the batt in place, requiring sheeting in neither side or vapor barrier below.

Haven't put any in myself yet. But that's my assumption.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:07 PM   #210
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Thadius is right. We just inserted one corner and compressed it in between the studs. It is about a 1/2" wider then the space between the studs.

On a good note the builders got one door completely done. They hope to have the other 3 completely done tomorrow. One is almost completely done.

As we were walking around the house I was telling them about one window that had a small leak. They said it looks twisted so they are going to check it out closer.

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