Journal of Poor Homebuilding

Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.13 – Pop Quiz, Re-Ducts

August 22, 2012
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    So, what was this homeowner trying to do? It was a classic attempt to move some heat into an otherwise unheated part of the house. There are, however, two minor issues. One, there was no positive mechanical pressure moving the air along and as we all know, heated air will always move horizontally […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.13 – Pop Quiz, Hot Shot

August 11, 2012
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    I’ll reveal this in a couple days but can you guess what this homeowner was trying to do with this ducting?    

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.12 – The One That Got Away

August 8, 2012
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    While going through the archived photos, I had a few specifically in mind. Some old boilers, specific construction issues I’d seen, etc. But one image I keenly wanted was from a Westbrook turn of the century old-style colonial. It was one of my first audits for the old Maine State Housing HELP loan […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.11 – Heat Loss Is Blowing In The Wind

July 28, 2012
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    I’ve talked a bunch about wind washing and how it affects insulation and comfort. This infrared shot is of a house with a vented attic during heavy, gusting winds. The cold air is blasting right into the attic and wall framing. In a nutshell, Maine and most of the East Coast has…well, a […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.10 – Release The Kraken!

July 14, 2012
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    This image comes from John Poole of A Preservationist’s Technical Notebook via Allison Bailes over at Energy Vanguard. It’s a well traveled picture. We don’t have air ducting as often in Maine as other sections of the country. Less need for air conditioning means less need for ducting for air conditioning. These installations […]

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