Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Central Indiana, U.S.A.
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Re: Solar power?
I hear you about architects and “style.” I did the Bob Vila thing on my house and an architect and my wife beat me down on a couple of skylights. They haven’t leaked…yet, but they sure do waste energy. The wife left but I’m stuck with the skylights.
Here in Indiana we have both heat and cold problems. Somewhat like FL we don’t have hurricanes but we do have tornadoes. Smaller and quirkier but nearly nuclear bomb energy density. If I had the money, I would build a cut-and-cover underground house. The water table here is high so I build my shell and cover it with fill. Excellent drainage is absolutely necessary. Few windows, all facing south (the winters here are more extreme than the summers) and I fit up some 1 inch thick T6 steel blast shutters to keep the 250 MPH 2x4s out. I saw a number of underground homes out on the Great Plains and they are a good common-sense response to that climate. Have a good snow blower. Easy to insulate, quiet and tornado-proof. Usually in KS and NE the water table is quite a ways down, and it might rain 25” a year so they would not have to be as fanatic about drainage as in IN or FL.
Even with my frame house, I would definitely go for the foam insulation. With fiberglass batts, it is just impossible to completely seal the infiltration out. At least my infiltration keeps the radon dilute enough to b safe. My attic insulation is R-60. I couldn’t stuff any more pink panther in there and expect my roof to ventilate.
'00 F-350, 4x2, 6 Speed AIC 210,000 miles
Fuel tank mods: MaroonHarpoon, Pre-Pump,
Evans, 203 degree thermostat, Poor Man's Tymar, 4" Single SS Exhaust, Rugged Air Dam
225-75x16E tires in front 235-85x16Es in back, tires aired up to 100 psi, Lowered 4" in front and 6" in back, "Fastback" bed fairing
21.3 MPG before mods
27.0 MPG tested with mods