Live Q&A: Direct from Westerly
Kevin and Jeff on insulation, drafty windows, and snowy soffits
Not only do Insiders have the chance to ask the TOH experts for advice during each Live Q&A, they also often get an advance look at project houses since many Live Q&As are filmed on the construction sites.
During a recent Live Q&A at the Westerly, RI, project, TOH host Kevin O’Connor and TOH home builder Jeff Sweenor gave a quick tour of the work to date on the 1940s ranch-style house that is being converted to a two-story Dutch Colonial.
They also answered many questions from Insiders, including: an Insider from Alabama asking if spray-foam insulation can be applied under asphalt roof shingles (yes, use a thin layer of closed-cell insulation for vapor barrier and seal, followed by open-cell or mineral wool insulation for increased R-value); a New York Insider who asked about ways to counter negative air flow in the house (create passive air intake with a p-shaped cold-air trap); a Washington Insider wanting suggestions for a backup heat source (best options: generator with a propane fuel source or a wood-pellet stove); a Massachusetts Insider living in an 1886 house with 68 original double-hung windows asking for suggestions for minimizing drafts (add weatherstripping to sashes or add insulation in weight pockets); and a South Dakota Insider with snow coming in the soffit vents during high winds (create a balance between air intake and outtake, possibly by covering over parts of the soffit vent).
Check the Insider home page for details about the next Live Q&A; you can also watch previous events.