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
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.