Why I Hate, Hate, Hate Skylights

by Erik North on May 27, 2013

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  Title reference in memory of Roger Ebert and his book, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie. Why the skylight hate? Because I’ve rarely seen one that isn’t either causing a problem or in the process of causing one. They fall squarely into a group with recessed lights and cathedral ceilings: Homeowners love them and […]


Can Switching to a Dual Flush Toilet Save Heat?

by Erik North on August 10, 2012

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  First off, my wife just joked that I used a photo of a ‘male’ bathroom. Seat up and two rolls of toilet paper. Regarding the heat savings, we’ll see…I haven’t done the math yet. But it is a minor claim occasionally made alongside those of saving toilet water. Dual flush or low flow toilets […]


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

    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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  No matter how television strives to shape things, it’s the rare moment that completely freezes public perception, carbonite-style. The low flow showerhead episode of Seinfeld was one example. In it, the showerheads in the apartment building were replaced with ‘efficient’ ones but in fact just sucked. This drove Jerry and co into the showerhead […]