Thursday, October 17, 2013

Still Life with Caulk Gun

It's a cool, rainy day and the guys are not working today. I am off today so I am doing what I do best - air sealing all by myself in the quiet little house. My caulker's elbow is not getting worse, my thumbs are sore, but not intolerable. And the shooting pain I get in the left thumb I can avoid if the squeeze the handle properly. So it's going good.

I need to get this done so we can insulate the shell and get on with construction of interior walls, stairs, as well as bring in power and water supplies (in other words, finish the house). We do have a few penetrations of the walls that have to be dealt with:

Exterior power - 3 outlets, one for each porch
Exterior lights - 3 lights, one for each porch
Dryer vent
Exhaust fans - 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen

Carlton cut the holes for the HRV (heat recovery ventilator) in the walls. They have not been installed or sealed up yet. We are using a really cool HRV called Lunos e2 (that's e-squared, I think) from 475 High Performance Building Supply in Brooklyn, NY. I plan on talking about that in another post.

The plan is for the HVAC, power supply and water to come in from the floor. They will be air-sealed at that floor penetration.

We are debating about where to put the woodstove because it would require a HUGE hole in the roof that cannot be insulated even with mineral wool. Crazy. We may put it on the front porch.


  1. It sounds like things are progressing well. Will he be in by the time the snow flies?

  2. Lynn,
    Unless you bring an arctic air mass down from Montana, we don't really get much snow. I don't really have a date, but I am hoping by Christmas. We have the shell almost completely done. We hope to have the metal roof on next week.

    We have not yet put in interior walls because I want the outside walls completely sealed and insulated before we do that. I am hoping that will not be too far away 1-2 weeks.

  3. Joking about the snow! That what we say around these part!

    Sounds like things are coming along!

  4. Lucy - I am in the process of finishing my initial house plans and am wondering if you ever did any thermal imaging of Johns house once it was done. Also, I am curious if you have any report on the Lunos e2 and whether you/John is happy with them (are they relaible, are they quiet, do they create good ventilation). Thank you.

  5. Mike, again I am sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your comment. I can say that the Lunos is quiet and reliable when my silly brother uses it.

    No, I haven't done any more thermal imaging on John's house but now would be a good time to do it since it is 90+ each day and he keeps his house COLD at 62-65. The difference in temperature will make leaks more obvious. Great idea.

    His summertime energy bill is about $60 even though he keeps it so cold. I work most of this weekend, but I will try to get some photos in a few days.