Flashing a wood-framed chimney is like flashing a dormer, except there’s no roof behind it. Without protection, water can leak into the joint and rot your walls to direct uphill water away
The general idea of installing windows is to plug the big hole that you just cut in the wall.
Two ways to insulate a brick veneer wall, from the Inside
Dry in a newly-sheathed roof with a roll of Zip System tape
A silent movie about flashing metal roofing into a brick chimney from UnionCorrugating.
Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...
ZIP Stretch tape stretches this builder's expectations and wins him over
Belt, suspenders, rainscreen, and redundancy make this wall awesome.
Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet. An air gap between the siding and sheathing lets both dry independently.
Learn how to quickly lock out moisture and air in these three 30-second videos showing how to load, gun, and roll ZIP System tape onto ZIP System sheathing panels.
Exterior insulation can create transition problems. Here are a few solutions
Vapor barriers cause a lot more harm than good in many parts of North America. Understanding vapor barriers begins with knowing what it means to be one
A specialty tool makes placing standard non-stretch tape in corners easier
A collection of five videos on a Passive House Retrofit in Sharon, CT (climate zone 5) executed by Ben Bogie, Built to Last, LLC
For walls with a pre-applied weather barrier, make sure the tape is compatible with the WRB coating—or use a primer
Watch step-by-step instructions on how to tape inside and outside corner seams using ZIP System sheathing and tape.
Finally, a WRB especially for peeps who fish.
Siding is supposed to shed water away from walls; so what's the deal with siding that absorbs water?
Condensation is when moisture in the air hits a cool enough surface to convert the vapor into water.