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Wingnut Testing: Soffit-to-Ridge Roof Venting

So far, I have performed wingnut testing on PSA tapes and on basement waterproofing products. Very recently, I started working on wingnut testing of roof venting, using an easel made from 2-by lumber and two sandwich panels of 1/2-inch OSB (see the photo above).  The easel includes a vent space and ridge vent between the two panels. Each sandwich panel is made up of two layers of OSB, with an air space between the two layers. The easel demo simulates one vented cathedral roof cavity facing one direction and the other facing 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Frankly, the…

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Remodelista Essentials: 25 Inexpensive, Good-Looking Design Finds from the Hardware Store

Consider this our ode to the humble hardware store, the affordable emporium of just about anything you need (and several things you didn’t know you needed). The wares in a hardware store epitomize beauty in function: these are practical workhorses, often designs that haven’t changed in decades (or even centuries); they’re built to last, sometimes multi-purpose—and many of them are surprisingly good-looking. And there’s something old-world about wandering the aisles of the iconic hardware store, with its dusty, jam-packed shelves, and third-generation shopkeepers who can tackle any question you throw at at them. (We’re advocates of the local mom-and-pop hardware store—I’ve…

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Beneath the Surface: A Petite Manhattan Apartment with a Surprising Amount of Storage (and Small-Space Tricks)

The secret to this petite Manhattan apartment? Its inventive hidden storage—so well-hidden, in fact, that I didn’t notice it at first glance. When two Israeli-born architects, Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger of BoND, acquired the circa-1910, 520-square-foot apartment in the city’s West Chelsea neighborhood, it was laid out like a typical, cramped New York flat, with a railroad layout and a walled-off kitchen and bathroom in the center of the space that didn’t get any light. The duo transformed the apartment by realigning the kitchen and bathroom along one wall, then added high/low design elements: custom marble, tall glass partition…

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Saving Sustainably: Completing the Dry-In

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner-builder with relatively little building experience. A list of Matt Bath’s GBA articles can be found at the bottom of this page. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. The plywood sheathing has been doing an adequate job of stopping the rain from getting inside the house, but with enough time, rain and wind will damage the…

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Johns Manville Announces Significant Expansion in Defiance, Ohio

Johns Manville (JM) announced today it will make a significant investment toward expanding capacity at its Defiance, Ohio, manufacturing facility. The expansion will allow Johns Manville to increase the production of its fiberglass pipe insulation products, Micro-Lok® HP and Micro-Lok® HP Ultra. “We are investing in our mechanical insulation business to meet increasing customer demand for our market-leading fiberglass pipe insulations,” said Mary Rhinehart, President and CEO of Johns Manville. “Our decision to make this investment is an intentional step that positions JM to support our customers in a growing industry.” JM will begin the capacity expansion project early this…

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Mechanical Insulation and the Insulation Industry’s Contributions to the U.S. Economy

Have you ever thought about what impact the insulation industry has on the overall U.S. economy? In comparison to many industries the insulation industry is relatively small, but its impact should not be underestimated. Following is the executive summary from The Contributions of Insulation to the U.S. Economy in 2017, which was published in April 2018 by the Economics and Statistics Department of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Click here to read the summary of the report. Click here to download the full report.  https://news.jm.com/blog/mechanical-insulation/mechanical-insulation-and-insulation-industrys-contributions-us-economy

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