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Common Crawlspace issues and what can be done

Part 1 Humidity Lets stick with the humidity issue we discussed last week and start there.  If the crawlspace is not supposed to be humid, what can be done about it?  The ideal solution for a crawlspace is to take things all the way to one extreme, either be as open as possible with as much air movement as possible or be as closed off as possible and mechanically control the moisture.  Option one: wide open.         Some of the best “crawlspaces” we see are on older farm homes that have never been [...]

By |2024-02-19T14:11:35-05:00February 19, 2024|Uncategorized|

Solving Common Crawlspace issues Pt.1

Lets stick with the humidity issue we discussed last week and start there.  If the crawlspace is not supposed to be humid, what can be done about it?  The ideal solution for a crawlspace is to take things all the way to one extreme, either be as open as possible with as much air movement as possible or be as closed off as possible and mechanically control the moisture.  Option one: wide open.  Some of the best “crawlspaces” we see are on older farm homes that have never been enclosed. The whole space is just [...]

By |2024-02-12T13:34:42-05:00February 12, 2024|Uncategorized|

Crawlspace Humidity

There just supposed to be a kind of nasty place, that's normal, right? Common does not mean correct or ideal. As folks who see a lot and go into a lot of crawlspaces, we can assure you the vast majority are not places you want to go or spend much time. Messy, dirty, humid, or wet, full of insects, and hard to get around is absolutely the norm. But carpet in a bathroom was common too, and we all realized that was a bad idea. A crawlspace doesn't have to be all those terrible things, [...]

By |2024-01-30T09:45:05-05:00January 30, 2024|Uncategorized|

Pressure Treated Lumber

My crawlspace should be framed with this, right? Crawlspaces are known for being high-moisture environments (that is a problem. See our post on crawlspace humidity). Pressure-treated lumber is for moisture and water contact, so that's what I should use for my crawlspace, right? On the surface, that makes a lot of sense. But does it?   Ignoring the fact that your crawlspace should not be a high-humidity environment, it likely is at least more so in the interior of your home. If you have had damage to the framing in your crawlspace due to the [...]

By |2024-01-22T09:21:24-05:00January 22, 2024|Uncategorized|

Engineered Lumber part 2

Why and Where should you use engineered lumber products? Lets just ignore the whole category of sheet goods for this post and focus on the products used for framing.   A lot of the engineered products came about for two reasons they are easier to use (install) and they can do more.   A web truss that has a flat 2x4 on the bottom is much easier to use as a floor joist than a 2x10. The web truss wont tip over easily when you set it down and and quickly be nailed down. That [...]

By |2024-01-15T07:41:06-05:00January 15, 2024|Uncategorized|

Engineered Lumber

What is it and where should you use it? Engineered lumber is a huge category of building products that has changed the way we build and what we can build.   A simple definition of what we mean by an engineered lumber product is anything that is made with wood that has been modified in any way beyond simply removing other wood to make a board. Or everything that is not dimensional lumber - that is the standard building material you see lining the racks of big box stores. Lets start with the simple ones [...]

By |2024-01-08T06:06:35-05:00January 8, 2024|Uncategorized|

Old wood, knot like the new wood.

Are older homes really made with better wood? For today, we will avoid the discussion of whether they really do not build them like they used to. Instead, we are going to look at the question, Is today's lumber different than the lumber 100 years ago? and if so, is it better or worse? First, is it different? The short answer is yes, it is. It's even more different from 200-300 years ago. In the early days of building homes in the United States, lumber was plentiful and convenient to use. Many houses were built [...]

By |2024-01-01T09:16:50-05:00January 1, 2024|Uncategorized|

Is there Better Wood?

Is there better wood to frame your house with? In many areas of our lives, there are varying degrees of quality for the things we use. You can find high-quality coffee, cars, clothes, and more. But what about the wood in your house's frame? Can you get better stuff? Do the fancier homes in town have better wood in their bones? Let's look for starters just at regular old dimensional lumber. That's the term used for lumber off the shelf at the big box stores and lumber yards. In our region, it mainly comes in [...]

By |2023-12-18T08:07:10-05:00December 18, 2023|Uncategorized|

Wood Damage – by People

The "bigger" problem causers. We have talked about how insects, mold, and fungus can harm the wood in our homes. Now we need to look at the bigger sources, people. Although larger and more capable, they usually cause less damage, usually unintentionally. There are many ways people can damage the framing of a house. The most common ways are cutting holes or taking chunks out of it. Not to point fingers at any trade, stuff happens, and it happens all the time. The perfect layout upstairs in the house rarely takes into account what’s going [...]

By |2023-12-11T14:12:42-05:00December 11, 2023|Uncategorized|

More Pests

Microbial Pests We previously discussed the creepy crawly pests. Now let's look at the even smaller ones, the microbial pests like mold and fungus. The most common and biggest culprit here is Dry rot The term is a bit misleading because this issue requires moisture to occur. However, in more severe cases, it does make the wood appear very dry. It also thrives at a moisture content that is dryer than your finer and won't feel wet to the touch. Dry rot is a type of wood-eating fungus. It only eats the celous fibers that [...]

By |2023-11-27T05:55:28-05:00November 27, 2023|Uncategorized|
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