Journal of Poor Homebuilding

The Worst House Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 3

March 11, 2013
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    To recap: Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. The house had built in 2008, which hit one of my pet peeves: That new automatically means good. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re legally allowed to build.” […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding – Blobs of Cellulose Mold

November 30, 2012
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      This was a first. I’ve never seen dense pack cellulose in a basement. The sills had been netted and packed with cellulose. The netting and been pulled down in some places but the packed cellulose remained. This may not have been a problem if not for the surrounding swamp. The house had […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.16 – More Giant Chimney Holes

November 9, 2012
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    I posted an example before of the massive chimney hole that lives in many northern homes. This one is a little different. The previous post was of a gable end chimney that had been framed in when a previous homeowner built a garage and great room over the garage. This is a more […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.15 – VENT ALL THE GARAGES!

September 5, 2012
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      Image from Allie Brosh at Hyperbole and A Half. She is wildly hilarious. Go read it. This is another classic. I was going to write ‘Maine classic’ but really this found everywhere in new construction with attached garages. I’ve written other posts about the challenges of insulating a finished room over a […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.14 – Got Wood?

September 1, 2012
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    I’ve written before that Maine is known for a lot of things: Lobster, autumn foliage, when the spring rains turn the state into a county mud derby. In fact our whole tourist industry is based on the idea that you’ll come to see the foliage, eat some lobster rolls and maybe get stuck […]

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