Thursday, September 30, 2010

Patio Doors Installed

I've recently installed the first set of patio doors.  They have an integral nailing fin along the sides and top, so they get installed in the same manner as the windows.  The door set weighs about 150 lbs, so I used my trusty winch to lift them up into place.

I had to cut away some of the existing housewrap over the opening to make room for the peel-and-stick flashing above the door.

Once the flashing was in place, I cut a strip of housewrap about 16" x 84" and inserted the top edge of it underneath the housewrap above.  Then I taped it down over top the flashing above the door. The important thing to remember is that upper pieces of housewrap or flashing always must lap over top of lower pieces. That's the only way to ensure that moisture is always forced outwards.

The completed installation, ready for trim.  Now I just need a deck.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Insulation Updates

I've finished insulating the bedroom ceiling and have installed the vapor barrier.  I'm using 6 mil poly for the vapor barrier. 

The last time I installed a vapor barrier (many years ago), the building code called for all studs, joists, and trusses to have a bead of sealant applied before the poly was installed. The sealant works well, but it's extremely messy to work with.  It's vile, black stuff that gets on everything!

However, much to my pleasant surprise, the building code has changed. The sealant is not required if the seams in the poly are overlapped by at least 4" and sealed with tape.  Woo-hoo!  What was once a somewhat dreadful job is now not so bad at all.

Having said all that... the sealant does do an excellent job of keeping the warm air in the house from escaping into the roof cavity, so I'm still using it in some places... on the top and bottom plates of the walls, and where the roof trusses meet the sill plates.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Summer's End

Contrary to what my lack of blog postings might suggest, I have still been working on my house.  However, now that the busy-ness that comes with summer is over, I should be able to get back to some somewhat regular posting.