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  1. Great input. Thanks, guys. Its not really the...

    Great input. Thanks, guys. Its not really the response that I was expecting, so I am glad that I asked before just cutting them off. I will definitely give them a try. Good suggestion to check...
  2. Opinions on quick stab connections in can lights

    All,

    I am finishing my basement and will be wiring 17 can lights. I noticed that the can lights have quick stab connections in the box and I am wondering what the opinions are on them (cans that...
  3. I was thinking that perhaps I had not...

    I was thinking that perhaps I had not communicated my approach clearly enough.
  4. wouldn't the XPS sealed with spray foam...

    wouldn't the XPS sealed with spray foam constitute an adequate vapor barrier? It sits between the heated room above and the exterior.
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    great idea!

    great idea!
  6. Here is how I ended up doing this after some...

    Here is how I ended up doing this after some input from a contractor friend. I cut XPS panels to fit the bottom of the subfloor, extending from the rim joist to the foundation block. Then I heavily...
  7. Dana, This is so helpful. I really appreciate...

    Dana,

    This is so helpful. I really appreciate your thorough response once again.
  8. Thanks, Dana. On the cantilevered bays, I...

    Thanks, Dana. On the cantilevered bays, I believe that the joists are 2x10, and yes, it is a bit of a reach of erhaps 2 feet in each area (probably 8 or so total cavities to deal with). The reach...
  9. Insulation where floor joists overhang foundation

    I am continuing my basement remodel and following the great advice that I have received here in the past regarding insulation. In fact I should mention that the previous basement room that I...
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    The motor is submersible. Which style do you...

    The motor is submersible. Which style do you think is better? Tower or submersible?

    Good input on the UPS concept. I'm glad I asked. :)
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    Good input so far. Thanks, guys. Jim,...

    Good input so far. Thanks, guys.

    Jim, responses to your questions.

    - I am on city water, and the since the use of the sump pump is extremely rare, I am not concerned about the water/sewer...
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    sump pump backup

    All,

    Our house is 25 years old, and has what I presume to be the original sump pump. It rarely runs, and when it does, it is flawless. Some years it never runs, some years it will go...
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    One more update. I now have the room all closed...

    One more update. I now have the room all closed in, and I can't believe how comfortable it is. It is hovering around zero degrees F in MN this week, and the new room is on average about 8 degrees...
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    I am undertaking the same project (you may have...

    I am undertaking the same project (you may have seen the same topics in a different thread). I ran into the stair height issue as well, and the code is so tight that it is almost unavoidable if you...
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    I wanted to give you guys an update. I was able...

    I wanted to give you guys an update. I was able to use your information to persuade the inspector to allow me to add unfaced FG insulation in the studwall cavities, bringing my walls up to R21. He...
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    Thanks guys. I used Thermax and foam on the rim...

    Thanks guys. I used Thermax and foam on the rim joist (glad to hear it is not too problematic), and I will have a chat with the inspector about adding some FG batts to the studwall cavity based on...
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    Thanks guys. What about foil faced XPS on the...

    Thanks guys. What about foil faced XPS on the rim joist, with foam around the seams to seal it up tight?
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    Thanks Dana. My inspector did not like XPS on...

    Thanks Dana. My inspector did not like XPS on the rim joist, as he wanted to see a vapor barrier. He suggested Kraft faced batts for that. I removed unfaced fiberglass that had been up there most...
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    It is a vent for basement bathroom rough-in.

    It is a vent for basement bathroom rough-in.
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    Ah, yes, I guess I should have indicated that. ...

    Ah, yes, I guess I should have indicated that. He directed me to a vent on the other side of the basement. Not too gnarly a job, but not as easy as venting the sewer gas right into the family room...
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    Yeah, if a quality solution is feasible, I would...

    Yeah, if a quality solution is feasible, I would go for that every time. My inspector showed me a good way to vent the drain, and I forgot to ask about about the hack... :)
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    Thanks Dana. I wish I could hire you to debate...

    Thanks Dana. I wish I could hire you to debate this with my inspector.

    What are the potential ramifications of having 2" of XPS, with a 2x4 stud wall, and no cavity insulation in the stud wall?...
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    Thank HJ. Yep, I have verified that there is a...

    Thank HJ. Yep, I have verified that there is a sink dumping into it from upstairs. So, I will be reviewing venting options with my inspector in 6 minutes....
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    Never heard of an AAV, but thanks, it looks like...

    Never heard of an AAV, but thanks, it looks like a nice simple solution to the problem. :)

    Since I never heard of those, I doubt we can do them here, but my inspector will be here in 3 hours to...
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    Well, the inspector has said that he will either...

    Well, the inspector has said that he will either require a vapor barrier on the warm side of the fiberglass, or he would allow me to leave the studwall cavities empty. I told him about the building...
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