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ICF/SIP deck ledger details

Hi everyone: I’m building a timberframe/SIP house on an ICF daylight basement in coastal AK- I have a question about the deck ledger.  I know that one usually puts a self-adhering membrane behind the ledger, but I am wondering if that is appropriate in my case. I’ve attached a schematic of the wall, there are I-joists on the ICF basement, and the timberframe/SIPs are sitting on top of that.  Most will likely notice a nonstandard arrangement- the triple sill plates.  That is because we wound up pouring the slab after the footers, which took away 4′ of height from the…


Air Sealing Wood Paneling

I’m in climate zone 6 (New Hampshire) and am close to finishing the framing of a 24×32 garage apartment with the living space above the garage. The total living area is roughly 750 sq. ft. I prefer the look of wood paneling for the living area for both the walls and ceiling (garage will still be drywalled), but I’m now suddenly concerned about being able to adequately air seal the ceiling. My insulation approach, up to this point, is 2 inches of polyiso on the exterior, foam air sealing the top plates in the living area, mineral wool insulation in…


gutter protectors or not?

About two years ago we installed gutter protectors – the simple kind – with many small holes to let the rain in – they still require brushing leaves and pine needles off every so often. We don’t get up on ladders anymore so we hire people to do it. One of the companies we’ve used just suggested that they take away the gutter protectors – that they make cleaning more complicated and they think regular open gutters with regular cleaning is the way to go. We had the “Leaf relief” type; Gutter Protection – New England Gutter Kings (negutterkings.com)  When…


Building the Union by Supporting Women Members

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Protecting Rim Board from Wet Concrete

Hello, what is the best way to protect Rim Board from wet concrete. This is for new build, concrete was recently poured. Is Ice & Water shield self adhesive membrane sufficient? Or shall we use rigid foam? I’m attaching the proposed solution for criticism/suggestions. Climate Zone 4. Thank you. https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/question/protecting-rim-board-from-wet-concrete


First time building a Cabin, need advice on Roof, Wall and Floor Assemblies

Hi everyone, I am currently building a small cabin by myself (first time) in Western NC (climate zone 5). It’s a very simple 360 SF rectangular building elevated on pier and beams (open crawlspace) with a cathedral ceiling (6/12 gable roof). My floor assembly will be from the top down : Laminate Flooring (not installed yet nor bought) Underlayment (not installed yet nor bought) T&G OSB Floor Sheathing (installed) 2X10 Joists with faced fiber glass insulation (framing installed only) 1″ Foam insulation on underside of joists (not installed yet nor bought) 0.75″ Pressure treated plywood (not installed yet) Because the…

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