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newhomeowner99

05:16PM | 12/23/04
Member Since: 11/04/04
13 lifetime posts
Hi again! And thanks to all of you that provided advice/insight for me in the midst of this problem.

Well, the builder's guys just finished applying "ice and water shield" along the "bond" at the first floor and between the first and second floor. Problem is, I'm not noticing any difference!!!! Also, I was just talking with an energy expert in Grand Rapids who said that the ice and water shield should not be applied where the rim joists are because they will eventually rot. I went out to ask the guys if that's where they put the shield and, sure enough, that's right where they put it!

I'm losin' it here, everyone!!! I'm ready to sell the house! There is so much air coming into our bathroom upstairs I have tried to stuff wisps of cotton underneath the trim with a cuticle stick!! C'mon!!! This house was $250,000!!!!

The energy "expert" in Grand Rapids can do a thermal imaging test and a blower door test for $400.00. Might have to bite the bullet on this one.

Merry Christmas!

any other advice/comments are appreciated.


theeagle

01:24PM | 12/24/04
Member Since: 11/27/04
172 lifetime posts
is there anyway that the air infiltration is coming from a different area?

and the ice and water barrier isn't the greatest fix and could possibly stop moisture from going out the wall. should of been house wrap, taped along the edges to the wall with sheathing tape.

just a thought here,. is it possible that the insulation contractor did not put up a vapor barrier in these areas?. because insulation without the plastic to stop the flow of air is not as good. you might be able to see if there is air coming out through the electrical plug/boxes too.and if you see any plastic barrier around the box in the outer walls. or if you can, cut out a small bit of drywall(thats easy to patch) to see if there is a vapor barrier.




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