rim joist drawing

Rim Joist: Purpose, Insulation & Common Mistakes

Rim joists run around the outer edge of wood-framed houses, providing critical structural support to a home’s floor frame.  Properly insulated rim joists can increase your building’s energy efficiency. However, improperly insulated rim joists will not only impede energy efficiency but can also lead to structural damage.  Data collected by the U.S. Census indicates that … Read more

rain chain installed on a gutter

Rain Chains: What They Are + Why You Need One + How to Make Your Own

If you’re looking for an alternative to ugly downspouts, you might want to think about installing rain chains. Rain chains guide rainwater away from your house while also beautifying its exterior.   Although they are a relatively recent trend in American housing design, Japanese architects have used rain chains since the late 1500s. Known in Japanese … Read more

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Which Side of Drywall Faces Out

If you’re installing your first piece of sheetrock (USG brand of drywall) and wondering, which side of drywall faces out? We can help. If you look at the different sides of the drywall, you will notice different colors. Depending on brands, the color may vary. You’ll also notice the sides feel a little different. One … Read more

20 amp, 125 volt orange electrical outlet

Orange Electrical Outlets

Before we get into how an orange power outlet works, let’s go over what they mean. The Meaning Of Orange Orange outlets mean that the ground is isolated and not connected to the outlet’s yoke or mounting strap to provide “clean” power. Indicated by the small green triangle on the outside of the outlet. NOTE: … Read more

clothes dryer venting done wrong

Can You Vent a Clothes Dryer Inside?

The exhaust from a traditional clothes dryer is full of moisture and lint. Clothes dryers should always be vented directly to the outside. Lint is one of the main issues. The problem with lint is that it is damp and sticks on everything, leading to gumming up anything it comes into contact with. Tiny particles of lint … Read more