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Dec 22, 2014
Dec 27, 2014

Depends on the options in the bow, roof requirements, bracing, material construction, etc.

Are you referring to Power Windows when you say "Power" Model SL 2700? 

Tom Gunter asked:

Nov 19, 2014
Nov 19, 2014

On the squirrel removal, best to call a trapper or get a trap. 

That area agains the home can be covered with some heavy guage counter flashing and sealed up prior to that with some fast setting mortar. 

Robert Lehr asked:

Nov 10, 2014
Nov 13, 2014

I will have to disagree with the last answer.  Whether they work or not depends on the vegetation.  I don't care for the reverse curl systems because of their tendency to overshoot during heavy rains.  We use a grate style cover that keeps out 95% of the stuff and 99.99% of the stuff that forms clogs.  We haven't had one clog in 10 years and the system that we specify catches all the rain. 

John Tuseth asked:

Nov 1, 2014
Nov 3, 2014

Almost any mildewicide will do the trick.  Grout sealants all seem to work but I would go specifically to a tile shop to see what they recommend.  I think most sealers will work but application and prep are key. 

Al Kozich asked:

Oct 28, 2014
Oct 28, 2014

How many kW is the house going to draw?   Generac probably has the biggest market presence but if were going big, Kohler, Onan, and Cummins are great. 

Oct 10, 2014
Oct 18, 2014

This type of staining (algae as the other posters have said) will usually only happen on the North facing surface of the roof.  Same with condensation on your car glass.  Suprisingly, the North facing sky will actually remove heat from a substrate and thus make the roof surface colder.

Colder roof surface = condensing surface.  The moisture combined with the organic component will combine for a great growing surface (that the the rock dust organic component of the shingle).

It is not surprising that it is happeing more after you insulated the home.  By insulating (a good thing), you have reduced the heat sink between the roof and the conditioned space below and therfore made the roof colder in the process.  Colder roof...same as stated above. 

Plenty of roof washes out there that will handled most of this stuff and it does not mean the roof is cooked. 

Oct 7, 2014
Oct 9, 2014

Why is the slab damp?  Carpet, is rarely a good solution over concrete. 

There are insulated subfloor panels that can be used as well to have a finished floor installed over top. 

Sep 20, 2014
Sep 24, 2014

+1 to Jeffrey's answer below. 

Most of the observed deficiences that we see in EIFS are the result of poor installation and flashing details.  Almost all the push off failures that are seen now are the result of poor water management and water getting behind the EIFS and pushing it off the substrate. 

See if it can't be fixed and flashed properly before ripping it all off. 

Sep 20, 2014
Sep 20, 2014

Cat smell or cat urine smell? 

If it is the latter, I have had success with Nature's Miracle.  If the smell is just the animal, that will diminsh with time and with changing out blinds, flooring, wall coverings, etc. 

jan preston asked:

Sep 17, 2014
Sep 18, 2014

There is no short, easy, or inexpensive answer here.  In order to get a better handle on the situation and make appropriate suggestions, I would need to see more pictures. 

There is not much right with that set-up as it stands not though. 

Grading is bad to start with and grading and gutter routing are the two most frequent issues that I see when folks have basement water infiltration issues. 

The amount of mildew growth on the side indicates that this wall stays consistently wet. 

Post up some more pictures and I will give you some more pointed feedback and recommendations. 

Pamela Hege asked:

Sep 4, 2014
Sep 8, 2014

Expansion and contraction, as mentioned previously, is a big driver of sealant failure.

The other part that was not discussed in moisture content.  Brick is largely moisture open and capillary draw of moisture will keep the brick wet and can cause the sealant to fail. 

If the home is new construction, the sealant that was used is cheap in most cases and was probably poorly applied.  Sealing large gaps requires the application of backer rod or some sort of backstop to apply the sealant to. 

The expansion rates are different for different materials but they aren't as dramatically different from one another often thought of. 

For example, Fiberglass is often touted as a much better material because of its more analogous coefficient of linear expansion with glass than vinyl.  That is true but it is not 7X less likely to expand than PVC.  More like 2X in most cases. 

Wood has a verly low expansion rate as related specifically to temperature but is moisture driven as Christi was referencing with the humidity statement. 

Greg Frink asked:

Aug 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014

They have places that you can rent goats from.  They are prolific eaters. 

Aug 16, 2014
Aug 17, 2014

A picture is going to be worth a thousand words here.  Are you referring to a cooling, i.e. interior unit, on HVAC?

May 1, 2014
Aug 15, 2014

Awesome answer.  Goat are machines and they do have rental goats.  You will need to keep them penned up where you need them though or they will clear you out. 

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