This method is our 3rd choice. We have various options in the sealed crawlspace code for how to provide a Drying Mechanism. 1st Choice) Adjustable Supply-Air Drying Mechnism on existing crawlspace plenum or distribution box. 2nd Choice) Adjustable Supply-Air Drying Mechanism “chased down” from the attic or interior duct-work. 3rd Choice) Adjustable House-Air Drying Mechanism … Read More »
From many perspectives, being able to see a foundation wall is good. These photos depict our standard vapor barrier which goes up the walls ~4″, like a baseboard, and without sealant it is stopping probably 98% of the in the earth from escaping from below, and then it is sealed to the walls with … Read More »
Without commentary: NC Building Code SECTION R409 : CLOSED CRAWL SPACES R409.1 Air sealed walls. Closed crawl spaces shall be built to minimize the entry of outdoor air into the crawl space. Specifically prohibited are foundation wall vents and wall openings to ventilated porch foundations. When outdoor packaged heating and cooling equipment is used, solid blocking … Read More »
Why do we write and provide these presentations regarding the Critical Details of Construction? Because we are constantly bombarded with poorly executed work. The quality of the existing housing stock is horrible. In the event a property owner or contractor wants to do what is best for a property, with long-term thinking, there is really … Read More »
It might come as no surprise that roofing is more complicated than it seems. In new construction, even in 2016, the roofing contractor is often screwed before he starts, because their work occurs “on” sub-par work that happened after they price their work. Many Building Contractors reinforce this fault by prioritizing price and failing to … Read More »
Hello Folks, I am sorry you are thinking about your attic, if you weren’t planning on thinking about it, and you now are, I am doubly sorry. I will start by stating that ideally attic spaces would be completely controlled spaces, for example, Attics can actually have: – Comfortable temperature and humidity year round- Excellent … Read More »
Attic insulation preparations are actually more important than the level of insulation itself. Here is a list of things to consider BEFORE adding insulation to your attic: 1) Does your attic needs more lights? It is likely going to be much harder to navigate AFTER the additional insulation is installed. Installing better lighting before your … Read More »
Attic Air-Sealing – Durham, NC The slide-show below shows what a Traditional Attic Weatherization looks like in a pretty old home. There are several tricky details, and no duct-work in the way. Enjoy. Thanks to Gil for helping on this job. Stetten Home Services (919) 413-2326
… spray foam as it pertains to our mixed-humid Raleigh, NC climate… Foam is the best insulator, and it adds strength to everything it touches while is stops air movement. Spray foam is possible due to specialized heating, pumping, mixing, and breathing equipment. Unlike the cans at the hardware store, to get the speed and … Read More »
Don’t be confused about radiant barriers. If you have high-bills and comfort problems, you don’t need radiant barrier. There are plenty of folks and products that aim to reduce the temperature of the attic. What we do is air-seal and protect your wall insulation from the attic so that in a way, it doesn’t matter … Read More »
Weatherstripping? We prefer Sill Seal at 3.5″ Glue and Stapled Your solution may be unique and different. Strategic Carpentry!
Have you ever wondered why crawlspaces and attics are so awful? I would argue that the #1 reason is poor lighting. People don’t want to be in dark places, therefor the quality of work plummets. Once one workman leaves a bit of trash under a home, or in an attic, it becomes a trash can … Read More »
These simple concepts will allow you to understand how your home uses energy to increase comfort. Air-Flow Basics A hole and a driving force are needed for a building to leak. A driving force can be anything…. Wind, Heat, Fans, Clothes Dryer, Dirty Filter, etc… Air leaks through the hole of least resistance. If some … Read More »
Here is another method which is awesome! It is hard to believe the NONE of our competition in the sealed crawlspace business is sealing the floor system before they seal in all the funk and begin positively pressurizing the crawlspace with supply side air induction. Crazy! Another method of “Sealing the Boots” :
NOTICE HOW WE MAKE IT A POINT TO INSULATE THE BAND-JOIST!
All crawlspaces and basements should have a wireless temp/RH gauge and printouts of the above “MOLD CHART”. (This chart should be accompanied by primer (see below) or previous knowledge of wood moisture and mold-contamination.) It can be hard to understand moisture in air, so a few starting points: 1) Hot air can hold more water … Read More »
For crawlspaces with existing supply duct-work a simple louvered vent will suffice as the Code Approved Crawlspace Drying Mechanism. This is far superior to a dehumidifier. In homes with no ducting in the crawlspace it is possible to create a duct-run just for the crawlspace.
Bare Minimum Sealed Crawlspace 9 steps: Stop moisture intrusion. Air-seal the floor-plane. Install your smooth, even, Vapor Barrier. Plug and air-seal foundation vents, exterior leaks, and crawlspace door. Install your temperature and humidity monitor. Install an adjustable drying mechanism. Learn to use DPCALC or one of our charts; there is one below. Note: If you … Read More »
Hello folks with vented crawlspaces! Today I share with you the best and most affordable method for increasing comfort, saving money, reducing household moisture, reducing pest infestation, and improving indoor air quality. The Sealed Crawlspace with No Insulation. Eventually the homeowner could insulate the walls or floor or both to boost the benefits of their … Read More »
Stetten Home Services creates many variations of “sealed-crawlspaces” to suit peoples varying needs. The photos in the link below represent our “Deluxe” Crawlspace Renovations. What sets us apart, is all the hard work we put into preparing the space. We can remove all the old insulation and debris, hang all the wires and ducts properly, … Read More »
Just two pics of this crawlspace. This is really the ultimate in High-Performance Construction as far as crawlspaces are concerned. We recommend the use of a mechanic’s cart when working in a crawlspace like this. Your knees with thanks us!
Ideally there would be two separate pipes leaving the foundation laying directly on top of the lowest footing. These pipes could be run parallel and to daylight and it is often okay to marry the two pipes downstream. A vapor barrier should convey any liquid that falls on top of it directly to a low-point … Read More »
HVAC There is no graceful way to explain our thoughts on HVAC, given the variables, so without further ado, a random list of thoughts/facts on High-Performance HVAC Critical Details: In 2011, the average residential customer in the U.S. spent 11.7 cents/KWH via U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA reports that each KWH via Electricity = … Read More »
A quick look into the future of air-conditioning. [… ducts may be gone for good …] …
Attic Air-Sealing, HVAC Replacement, Junk-Removal, Creedmore, NC This job was a huge success. The owner’s have lived through many drafty years, and high heating bills, and had only one window mounted A/C Unit. They now set temperatures as they wish in each area. 6 total indoor blowers and 2 total outdoor compressors. Their total Heating … Read More »
Mold – Chapel Hill, NC Complaint: Mold all over walls around HVAC system, and around the registers.Problem started when new HVAC system was installed by big company in red and blue van. Diagnosis. Air-Handler and Heat-Pump/Compressor over-sized. Ducts are leaky. House is negatively pressurized when HVAC system is operating drawing in air through the paths … Read More »
Raleigh, NC – Coracini Residence DELUXE SEALED CRAWLSPACE – August 2010 Stage 1 – Bush Removal, Junk Removal & Insulation Removal, Crawlspace Lighting Installation 8/12/2010 Stage 2 – Heavy Duty Sealed Liner 8/13/2010 Stage 3 – Seal/Insulate with “banana pudding”, Fix Door, Install Walking Pad, Signage, and RH monitor 8/14 No drying mechanism installed on … Read More »
The photos depict what seems to be the absolute best energy remodel possible, in terms of performance, & also the level of detail. Prep took 2.5 Days: Insulation & Debris Removal, Venting Bath Fans, Vapor Barriers, Surface Protection. About a week passed… we took care of several plumbing leaks and added a roof penetration in … Read More »
DELUXE SEALED ATTIC and CRAWL – Downtown Raleigh, NC Owner purchased energy audit immediately upon taking ownership years ago. As a result, SHS removed the fiberglass from the crawlspace, installed a heavy-duty vapor barrier, and sealed all the duct-work, and at that time, the budget didn’t allow for insulating. The homeowner saved up and was … Read More »
HOW DOES YOUR BUILDING STACK UP TO OTHERS? HOW MANY DOLLARS / SQUARE FOOT / YEAR do you spend on energy bills? Somewhere between $0.40/sf/yr and $2.50/sf/yr. Hopefully less because of weatherization. All buildings should have a logical place for information to be stored and accessed. A website, a folder, a binder, anything. One of … Read More »
What are people saying about Stetten Home Services? Below is a Google Grab from January 2014 Stetten Home Services Write a review 4.8 Average Stars 8 reviews Sort by: Most Recent Nate Greatthe 1 month ago Adam did an awesome insulation job on my project. He was very fast, efficient and extremely professional. Definitely the … Read More »
Deluxe Sealed Crawlspace + Deluxe Sealed Attic. Raleigh, NC The Completed Tasks List: 1-Removed Fiberglass insulation from crawlspace and attics. Removed Junk. 2-Installed Heavy Duty Plastic Liner in crawlspace, Taped Seams and piers, Vents are plugged. Crawlspace Drying Mechanism in Crawlspace. Brand-New High-Quality Crawlspace Door. 3-Sealed Attics with spray-foam. Sealed Crawlspace with spray-foam. 6-Replace vented … Read More »
SEALED CRAWLSPACE & ATTIC – Raleigh, NC “REX” a 2500 SF ranch-office with partial basements (sketchy additions off the back) and mostly crawlspace foundation. Commercial Up-fit: Goal: Energy savings, comfort improvement, storage solutions, lighting improvement, indoor air quality, functionality and durability upgrades, flooring, and handicap accessibility were aggressively addressed. Everything was done in an environmentally … Read More »