Windows, Doors

Cold Climate Passive House Retrofit in Connecticut

A collection of five videos on a Passive House Retrofit in Sharon, CT (climate zone 5) executed by Ben Bogie, Built to Last, LLC

Jobsite Test: Is Your New Window Watertight?

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A simple test to verify that windows are waterproof BEFORE you install them.

Latino Locksets and Other Interesting Door Hardware

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Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #11. Sidewalk snapshots of South American door hardware

Las Puertas del Puerto (Rico)

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Doors are like eyes, or maybe mouths. They tell you a lot about who's inside. Would you want to walk in and get to know them? 

 

#OldSchool Nail Puller Gets Tough Nails Out

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The go-to tool for extracting hard-to-remove nails, and when minimal damage is important.

Innie Window Details for Walls with Thick Exterior Insulation

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Recessed into thick layers of insulation, innie windows are protected from the weather

 

Window Installation Guide

Windows are big holes in walls that must be sealed against wind, water, and heat. This guide covers scope of work, how to install them, and why it matters.

 

Outie Window Details for Walls with Thick Exterior Insulation

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A thermal break and solid backing puts the window on the outer face of a thick wall. Now, there's room on the inside window sill for cats and bowling trophies

 

Head Flashing for Windows

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This critical element is often omitted from window installation

 

Window and WRB: Integration Keeps Water Out of Walls

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Sealing the layers—and overlapping them right—is how high performance building gets done

Even More Ecua-Doors

UPDATED (again!) with more doors of Ecuador

A Hybrid Approach To Window Pan Flashing: Stretchable and Non-Stretch Tapes

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Use expensive stretch tape for the tricky parts and regular non-stretch tape for the rest of the window flashing

Superinsulated Sunroom (3): Flashing an Outie Window

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Wide tape spans the many layers of a thick wall to make an air tight and water tight seal