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Jim Baird

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  1. Screenless roof venting

    The material popular here is formed by local supply houses that buy the forming machinery and then get the enameled steel in rolls. Thus there are no "manufacturer's instruction", because the material is not designed for particular use. To screen the ridge you have to figure something out. I was called too early once to inspect a greenhorn spec builder's pre-sold house. He had applied the stuff with no solid decking, as code required at the time. The insulator showed up while I was at the site. Their blown fiberglass fell like snow all around the perimeter of the house escaping through the metal profiles at the eaves.
  2. HI Artography - Chicago Chimney

    ...our nation's crumbling superstructure.
  3. Traveling to the West

    Hurricane Ridge is worth the drive if you ferry over to Olympic Peninsula. Pic taken in June
  4. Screenless roof venting

    Enameled steel roof panels, mostly used on ag buildings until their recent raging popularity in our area for houses, fall short of residential needs if you just buy the panel supplier's stuff. Their ridge vents are wide and open and not screened at all. This attic has a deposit of autumn leaves enough to carry up a rake when you stow away the Xmas decs.
  5. Crawlspace height

    I think I set a personal record with this one. Who here has stooped so low?
  6. Raceway in cabinet?

    That is what we call exposed NM. It is not rated for exposure to physical damage.
  7. Wood Pellet Insulation

    ...I just use my Stanley ax to make the big chips. No battery or plug-in needed, tho they tend to just fly and fall where they may.
  8. Wood Pellet Insulation

    Right, Jim, but larger planers, like the ones in commercial grade chippers used to grind up limbs, make the big chips.
  9. Wood Pellet Insulation

    Pix look to me like a coarse grade of planer chips.
  10. Run away

    I've been called off like a dog off a scent by buyers, agreeing to give them a letter and charge by the hour. I also have told them they should call me off but told to proceed, and once I arrived at a site and called the buyer to tell him I quit, no charge.
  11. Wood Pellet Insulation

    A family member bought a very old house that stood next to an ancient wool mill in western VA. The mill was said to be a major supplier to Confederate uniform makers. When renovation opened up those walls they were found stuffed with wool.
  12. I am not interested in celebrity news, which celebrity, I think, is what this kind seeks. Remember John Hinkley, assassin and fantasy boyfriend of a movie star?
  13. Brick veneer as a structural member

    "...the city, who sent out a 3rd party code inspector to the site...." more signs of the gradual creep into public services by private sector. I have been there and done that, BTW, but I think it is funny for that 3rd party to call for plans review, after what is there in concrete terms is so apparent.
  14. Brick veneer as a structural member

    "... The wall with the passageway does not rise much above the door header but is intentionally left open for ventilation. ..." So possums and raccoons can just move right in.
  15. Brick veneer as a structural member

    Why is there no ceiling? I don't see the brick wall working in a structural way at all. The room looks self supported. In terms of sf costing, this is a mighty small space containing what is usually the most expensive space in a house with all the fixture and labor costs of their installation.