2186 Green Pro Questions

July 06, 2015
Should I install a power fan in my attic?
ABNER Spring, TX
Answered by: Randy Ryden on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 16:34

I never wish to disagree with another professional publicly, however "attics are not intended to be hot, warmer than the conditioned space below -- yes; but designed to be hotter-- no.  This...

July 06, 2015
Should I install a power fan in my attic?
ABNER Spring, TX
Answered by: Sean Lintow Sr on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:32

Not only no, but definitely not, well unless... First things first - attics are meant to be hot, if you have a cool attic that means is it either really cold outside or the air conditioning is...

July 04, 2015
Why is my passive hot water recirculation system not working?
David Fort Myers, FL
Answered by: Sean Lintow Sr on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:33

A few quick thoughts - the breaker may have tripped or the pump went out. With that you should utilize an on-demand style system as you are wasting a ton of money - not only from the pump...

July 03, 2015
We are going to raise our 1970's living room with wood framing to raise it. Do we need a vapor barrier down before insolating it
Jan Sweeny Grapevine, TX
Answered by: Sean Lintow Sr on Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:58

There are a few details missing to understand exactly what you are doing, but based on your climate I can't see plastic being used at all - that is essentially only used in super cold climates...

June 29, 2015
New Vinyl Windows and Toxicity
Christa Denver, CO
Answered by: Jenny Perdoro on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:31 Claymont NJ

Can you explain what is your exact problem and what composents are toxic ? A lot of vinyl windows exist ! Thanks you

June 27, 2015
My AC unit just stopped working. What are recommended CA SEER and code requirements for 2015? I am getting conflicting messages.
Danelle Concord, CA
Answered by: Sean Lintow Sr on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:36

First I am not in Cali but both "pros" recommended a 16 SEER & I can't see anything less than that being acceptable in most of Cali's market.

June 24, 2015
How can I install a toilet in my existing poolhouse, where I have (cold) running water & access to a storm sewer, but not to a sanitary sewe
Sheila B. Buffalo, NY
Answered by: Sean Lintow Sr on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:22

Composting or an incinerator are the only type you can use - you can not pump black water into a storm drain which rules out a regular one or even macerating. For more on composting toilets:...

May 19, 2015
What are pros /cons with using Cork in kitchen (not slab) &what should I ask installer to make sure it is done right & what type is best?
rese eberl Fresno, CA
Answered by: Alexander Perez on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:31

I would recommend Hard woods for a Kitchen. The Cork will not stand up to the moister in the Kitchen in the long run. I have renovated homes with 100 year old hard wood flooring through out the...

May 18, 2015
If I open my attic hatch (roof/soffit vents, high attic, no insulation) & downstairs windows, will downstairs house with no AC be cooler?
Jean Day Saint Petersburg, FL
Answered by: Sean Lintow Sr on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 13:48

In short - yes & no but most often it won't be cooler / help. Why - well because heat doesn't always rise. In fact during the summer months the process is reversed (hot moves to cold).

May 10, 2015
I am replacing my roof in Colorado because of hail damage. I am considering upgrading my roof louvers. What about solar roof vents?
Steve Cottle Colorado Springs, CO
Answered by: Sean Lintow Sr on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 20:16

For solar powered or even worse electric powered attic fans the answer is simple - Don't do it I got to ask - Standard roof louvers as in "gable end" louvers - not ridge vent? Traditionally...

May 10, 2015
What is the cost range to add Freon to a HVAC system that is about 10 years old?
J. Lewis Tampa, FL
Answered by: Adam Beazley on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:07

Your probably looking at about $400-$500 to recharge your system. The bad part is that if you have to add freon (or whatever coolant your system uses) that means you have a leak somewhere.......

May 04, 2015
We would like to install engineered wood floors in our home. Can you recommend a "green" brand, I'm concerned re. formaldehyde etc.
Laura Danville, CA
Answered by: Donald Cerra on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:04

I strongly recommend engineered flooring. I'm aware there can be some bad product out there case in point Lumber Liquidaters. Its important to try and find floors made here in the USA as our...

May 02, 2015
Considering building on land surrounded by water...We would like an expert to give us their opinion. Who would be the best person to ask?
Courtney Forney, TX
Answered by: Adam Beazley on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:06

Sounds like you need to get a soils testing engineer out to the property to do a proper soils test and analysis. Normally their report will tell you specifically what type of foundation, fill...

April 27, 2015
i am going to build my building 4 levels apartments how i can use solar energy storage cells? thanks
mahsa amirpour Isle, MN
Answered by: Jason Kliwinski on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 13:52 Lambertville NJ

You can use hot water and/or solar electric panels on this project. A hybrid system that uses both would be best in my opinion because, the byproduct of electric generation is heat and hot...

April 25, 2015
Considering putting concrete floors in bathrooms. Is concrete unsafe for inside house? Other reasons to not use concrete?
Anne-Marie Los Angeles, CA
Answered by: Erik Henry on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:41 Brownsburg IN

Concrete floors are used widely in residential construction. It is a light weight concrete you should use. Now you can pour it about 2 inches thick where you used to have it four inches. It...

April 25, 2015
What should I do first, insulate sill plates or basement walls
Mark Hookstown, PA
Answered by: Donald Cerra on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:03

Mark, not sure you mean insulate the sill plates, but rather seal them to the top of the foundation to stop air infiltration. A good flexible caulk no need to be 100% silicon, very expensive...

April 19, 2015
We are buying a home in St. George, UT. Temps here range in the 100+ during summer. Is it better to have R15 and R50 or radiant barrrier?
Rich Denio Saint George, UT
Answered by: Sean Lintow Sr on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 10:06

The more insulation you can get, the better the structure will be at resisting heat gain & loss during the winter. The concrete tiles actually act as a radiant barrier if they allow for air...

April 16, 2015
What are my options for 100 percent non toxic materials? or close to...
Novela Henderson West Palm Beach, FL
Answered by: Jason Kliwinski on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:19 Lambertville NJ

There are a lot of options that didn't exist just 5 years ago.

April 15, 2015
PLease Help
Darla Dunn Arlington, GA
Answered by: Adam Beazley on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:05

start by etching the concrete with muratic acid. this should remove a lot of the sealer and etch the top layer of cement leaving some exposed aggregate so as to stop all of the slipping. Then...

April 05, 2015
What is the best drywall for a chemically sensitive person? The wall divides bedroom and bathroom so it must be moisture resistant.
sharon gillerman Santa Monica, CA
Answered by: Jamal Harrell on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:21 WILLIINGBORO NJ

Gypsum Board Panels: 1) http://www.certainteed.com/airrenew This is definitely worth taking time to review and consider the Product Data and...