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Level 5 Inc.’s Upward Growth

Level 5 Inc.’s Upward Growth | 2020-03-20 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This…

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Building Science and the Novel Coronavirus

During a presentation on moisture management at the Better Buildings: Better Business conference this past week in Wisconsin Dells, WI, a builder asked this question: “Given the Relative Humidity Optimum Zone table everyone cites [Sterling et al, 1986; Environmental Health Perspectives Vol 65, pgs. 351 – 361; see main image], should we be running the relative humidity (RH) in our homes higher, say 50% to 70%?” Authors’ note: The image above is a slide from a presentation from AHRI. For more on the latest in humidity research in buildings, we recommend you check out the full presentation here. Who’s qualified…

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Frugal Happy: Putting in a New Kitchen

We purchased quartz countertops, and, oh boy, were they a huge challenge to install! That’s mostly because stone is so heavy and difficult to work with. It was a big ordeal every time Chris needed to move a piece anywhere. It’s pretty much impossible for a single person to lift a piece of this material alone, so you have to have other people around to help, and you need to be very careful to not drop, chip, or crack the stone in transit. Each uncut piece of countertop weighs about 200 pounds. Chris, Bin, Lac, and Johnny (four strong guys)…

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Licensed for Catastrophe

I have a friend living in Panama City, Florida. When Hurricane Michael struck in October of 2018, her house suffered extensive damage—the roof blew off, water ruined ceilings, walls, floors, and flooded ducts in her attic. As of the date I write this, well over a year later, she still struggles to finish fixing her home. She lives in a rented condominium while waiting on contractors to show up and complete repairs. In Houston, Texas, where I sit and write this blog, many still struggle to complete repairs from Hurricane Harvey, which hit the area in late August, 2017, well…

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JM Releases Full Line of Densities For JM Cladstone Water & Fire Block Mineral Wool Insulation

JM Releases Full Line of Densities For JM Cladstone Water & Fire Block Mineral Wool Insulation | 2020-03-12 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use…

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Urban Rustic: Installing Hardwood Flooring

Editor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. A list of Eric’s previous posts appears below. For more details and more photos, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut. In our previous home we had decided not to use any carpet. Not only did we prefer the look of tile (for wet areas) and hardwood (living areas and bedrooms), but we also knew these surfaces would be easier to keep clean. Although I grew up in two homes that both had mostly wall-to-wall…

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