Windows & Doors
A collection of five videos on a Passive House Retrofit in Sharon, CT (climate zone 5) executed by Ben Bogie, Built to Last, LLC
A simple test to verify that windows are waterproof BEFORE you install them.
Sidewalk snapshots of South American door hardware
18 videos on hardware, screws, and designs that deceive the eye
Three words: peel, stick, repeat
The go-to tool for extracting hard-to-remove nails, and when minimal damage is important.
Recessed into thick layers of insulation, innie windows are protected from the weather
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
This critical element is often omitted from window installation
Sealing the layers—and overlapping them right—is how high performance building gets done
UPDATED (again!) with more doors of Ecuador
Windows cannot rest on the foam, so they hang from wood bucks
Use expensive stretch tape for the tricky parts and regular non-stretch tape for the rest of the window flashing
Wide tape spans the many layers of a thick wall to make an air tight and water tight seal
Window banks need to line up neatly for the trim to work out. Foam walls add the extra possibility of compressing the backing. So there's that.
Three videos covering the step by step process for flashing, installing, and airsealing an in-betweenie window in a Passive House Retrofit