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Home Building Master Thread
« on: February 22, 2017, 05:01:00 PM »
I'd like this thread to be a constructive place to get advice from people who are in the construction line or people who've renovated or built new homes.

with that said I'll begin:

regarding insulation whole house spray-foam seems to be the best, however I'm getting conflicting advice whether I'd need to install a fresh air system for ventilation which seems to defeat the purpose of the spray-foam

Thanks

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 05:10:45 PM »
Did you get a quote for whole house spray-foam?
It's quite expensive and probably has no payback period for the energy savings, even besides for possibly needing a ventilation system.
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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 05:31:12 PM »
Did you get a quote for whole house spray-foam?
It's quite expensive and probably has no payback period for the energy savings, even besides for possibly needing a ventilation system.
it's interesting that you say I won't have any energy savings as that was a big motivation for me along with eliminating drafts and air bleeding, from my research it does seem to save on my energy bill.

I was quoted 11k on a 4000sqf space

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 05:36:15 PM »
I didn't say there wouldn't be energy savings.
I'm just saying to calculate the payback period.

Is this a new home or renovation?
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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 06:03:41 PM »
I didn't say there wouldn't be energy savings.
I'm just saying to calculate the payback period.

Is this a new home or renovation?
new home.

Can anyone comment about needing a fresh air ventilation system as I've gotten conflicting advice.
One contractor told me that a house this size doesn't need it as there's constant air bleeding from bathroom vents and front door opening,
 yet another contractor claimed I'd have moisture dripping from the Windows if I didn't install such a system?

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2017, 01:06:59 PM »
Did your HVAC contractor run a manual J calculation? There are many variables to consider when it comes to installing HVAC equipment (i.e. N/S vs E/W exposure, r factors of insulation, solar heat gain/loss etc.). If the contractor is just flying "by the seat of his pants" you're likely to experience lots of problems later on.
For specifics on spray foam insulation requiring ventilation you can read this guide. http://www.sprayfoam.org/files/docs/2012/Day2%20Session%201%20-%20Understanding%20System%20Wide%20Approach%20to%20HVAC.pdf
Aside from spray foam there are numerous new guidelines that are in place requiring new homes to have fresh air minimums. You can learn more about those by visiting Ashrae website and searching for standard 62.2.

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2017, 09:11:20 PM »
Any recommendations for a good plumber for a new house?

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2017, 10:33:04 PM »
Any recommendations for a good plumber for a new house?
AB Plumbing 718-853-7733
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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017, 10:57:03 PM »
AB Plumbing 718-853-7733
Thank you! Is this a big company or small company? I prefer a plumber who will actually be on the job not his workers.

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2017, 09:39:21 PM »
My dehumidifier is hooked up to a hose going to a drain leading to the sump pump. The hose is leaking. Any ideas for a good replacement? Or a way to make it stop leaking?
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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2017, 11:25:25 PM »
Thank you! Is this a big company or small company? I prefer a plumber who will actually be on the job not his workers.
If you're building a new house and expect the principal of any of your trades to be working on site instead of his workers you're in lala land.
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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2017, 12:37:51 AM »
If you're building a new house and expect the principal of any of your trades to be working on site instead of his workers you're in lala land.
You're absolutely wrong on this. It all depends on the company size. In almost all trades you could find companies who's principles are on the job sites a few hours each day.  And yes if it's a small enough company the boss himself would be doing the work

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2017, 09:41:13 AM »
You're absolutely wrong on this. It all depends on the company size. In almost all trades you could find companies who's principles are on the job sites a few hours each day.  And yes if it's a small enough company the boss himself would be doing the work
You missed his question and a word in my response "instead" of his workers. Been around building trades for 30 plus years. New construction homes in frum areas will rarely have principal of any trade working along side crew. Demo guy may have him on site. Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, finishers almost to a man will have crews working not principals.
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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2017, 02:23:10 PM »
any recom. for a good builder in lakewood?

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2017, 10:12:04 PM »
any recom. for a good builder in lakewood?
I used Patinum Developers (Noach Gordon) and was very happy.

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2017, 12:19:54 PM »
would a raft like concrete foundation for a large 1 floor cabin work in a place with cold winters and hot summers

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2017, 10:57:55 AM »
Is there a guideline of how space there needs to be in a mechanical room full of boilers, HVAC units & all kinds of wiring.

I'm asking with regards to a fire hazard

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2017, 12:14:34 PM »
What's the code for a 1 family house in NYC in regards to the boiler/gas/electric/water rooms? Can it all be in one room?

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Re: Home Building Master Thread
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2018, 01:29:22 PM »
would a raft like concrete foundation for a large 1 floor cabin work in a place with cold winters and hot summers
BUMP
a quick search showed me i had asked this already
anyone here with experience in this?