RELATED ARTICLES Finally! Starting Construction At My HouseMaking Slow Progress on My RenovationSticking With Spray Foam for My RenovationTwenty Below and Off the GridBuilding an Unvented Crawl SpaceAll About Glazing Options My plumbing survivedHaving just reoccupied my almost finished renovation, I was a bit concerned about how it would fare in the deep freeze.My house has an unconditioned and unvented crawl space with spray foam insulation on the underside of the first floor. I initially insulated the floor about eight years ago when the crawl space regularly filled up with water and sealing it was not feasible. As part of the renovation, I elected to retain the insulated floor rather than insulate the crawl space walls and remove floor insulation.I use a dehumidifier in the summer, and as part of the renovation I was able to fill up the low spots so the area is now dry. I recently had all the plumbing pipes insulated with spay foam, a simpler process than installing separate pipe insulation. I never checked the temperature in the crawl space during our cold spell, but no pipes froze, nor did my outside tankless water heater have any problems, so I think I’m safe for the next half century or so. We had some serious cold weather down here in Georgia recently, and although it didn’t come close to Martin Holladay’s recent experiences in Vermont, the low temperatures were a bit of a shock and caused a lot of problems.As the cold wave settled in, I was amused by a radio interview with a local plumber who said that the freezing wasn’t the problem, rather it was when everything thawed the pipes started leaking. He wrapped up by saying that he was going to have a very busy weekend and he was going to make a lot of money. Southern winters are pretty shortSo after single digits last week, I had the doors open yesterday when it was in the 60s and sunny. I feel fortunate that I made it through the cold snap with no frozen pipes, and the ice on the windows didn’t last long or cause any damage.Having just moved back in a few days before, I was able to be there as the house got a good workout and fared quite well. I feel like I will be pretty comfortable for the foreseeable future.With the exception of a few minor details, the interior is complete. The exterior carpentry is finished and ready for paint. Last on the list is a new driveway and landscaping. I’m hoping to have everything wrapped up in another month or two, depending on the weather.I’m still working on some hot water distribution issues, and will write about them when I figure everything out. My single-glazed windows iced upThe house still has several single-glazed windows, and about half the walls remain uninsulated. That’s normally not much of a problem in this moderate climate, but 5 degrees sure doesn’t seem moderate (unless of course you live in Vermont).I had installed cellular blinds on most of the windows just before moving back in, and while I realize they have insulative properties, they were primarily intended for privacy. I was somewhat amused to learn just how well they insulate. When I woke up on the first freezing morning, I opened them to see a fairly thick layer of ice on the inside of all the single-glazed windows. I had never seen even condensation on these windows in the past, so the ice was a bit of a surprise.Part of the renovation project included comprehensive air sealing of the addition, and as much of the existing house as possible. (I have not done a blower-door test to compare the before and after numbers yet, but will report on that when it’s done). I surmise that the improved air sealing is retaining a fair amount of moisture inside the house (rather than letting it leak out through exfiltration as is common in the winter), keeping the relative humidity fairly high for the winter.So, I had the very cold windows that created opportunities for condensation on the inside, and, the insulating blinds kept the space between them and windows below freezing, leading to the lovely layer of ice. I had not planned on installing storm windows, but now I am reconsidering that decision.The house itself was never uncomfortable, although I tend to keep the temperature low. My minisplits did a great job of keeping it toasty, somehow, almost magically finding enough heat in the frigid outdoor air.I do notice that the uninsulated walls tend to be a bit of a heat sink in very cold weather, as the plaster slowly acclimates to the wall cavity temperature. I chose not to insulate these walls as it would have required stripping interior plaster or exterior siding, neither of which would have any reasonable payback period. Sweatshirts and slippers are a much better investment for the few cold days we get here.
MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving New Orleans, which has played well since losing center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending injury in January, kept rolling without Davis, although the Kings made a brief run late in the fourth.Buddy Hield hit a 3-pointer to pull Sacramento within 103-94 with 3:12 left, but Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday both hit 3s and combined for 11 straight points to help the Pelicans pull away.“We can do that against teams like this,” Davis said. “But to better ourselves we have to do a better job, at least when I was in there, to make sure that we execute our game plans and don’t play down to the level of our competition. We went out there and thought it was going to be an easy game.”Mirotic scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, Holiday had 23 points and eight assists, and E’Twaun Moore added 15 points.The 10-game winning streak matches the Pelicans’ franchise record set Jan. 9-26, 2011. New Orleans has scored 100 or more points in each of the wins, setting another team record.ADVERTISEMENT Hield had 20 points while Zach Randolph added 19 points and five rebounds for Sacramento.The Kings, who have lost six of eight, played the final 42 minutes without point guard De’Aaron Fox. He left early in the first quarter due to lower back stiffness.“It seemed like everything was real difficult,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “We missed a lot of open shots also, which certainly would have helped.”Ian Clark’s 16-foot jumper and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions capped a 12-4 run to end the first and put the Pelicans up 32-21.With Davis getting a lengthy rest on the bench for most of the second quarter, New Orleans extended its advantage to 49-29 on another deep shot from Clark. Holiday later scored eight consecutive points and Davis added a late three-point play to help the Pelicans take a 62-44 halftime lead.MIROTIC’S MOMENTMirotic made 10 of 12 shots and is shooting 56.3 percent over his last four games.“I’ve been taking a lot of extra work to get my confidence back because I was (in) a little struggle in the beginning with my shots,” Mirotic said. “Now it seems that I did get my rhythm.”GOING HOMEThe Pelicans get a break with eight of their next nine in New Orleans after playing eight of their past 11 on the road. They’re in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference.“We knew that this would be a real difficult stretch,” Gentry said. “The thing that we wanted to do is just give ourselves an opportunity at the end of games to win on the road. We’ve done a good job with that.”TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans has won seven straight road games, one shy of the franchise record set in 2007-08. … The Pelicans shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the opening quarter. Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein missed his third straight game with a lower back strain.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Washington on Friday night.Kings: Host Orlando on Friday night. SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDavis went down after battling Kosta Koufos for a rebound. The five-time All-Star winced and grabbed at his ankle before slowly getting to his feet. Davis remained in the game briefly before being taken to the Pelicans locker room with 3:11 left in the third. He did not return and appeared to be getting fitted for a walking boot after the game.“I feel fine but they’ll have the team doctor look at it tomorrow and go from there,” Davis said. “Any time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially coming off somebody’s foot because you really don’t have any protection. It was sore. I just wanted to make sure everything was fine.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis grabs his ankle after going down during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Davis left the court and didn’t return to the game as the Pelicans went on to win 114-101. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anthony Davis has been at the heart of New Orleans’ franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak. It’s possible the Pelicans will have to go for No. 11 without their career scoring leader.Davis scored 17 points before rolling his left ankle and leaving in the third quarter of a 114-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Although X-rays taken on Davis’ ankle were negative, coach Alvin Gentry sounded cautious.“Won’t know anything until tomorrow,” Gentry said. “They took X-rays but couldn’t really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we’ll go back home and I’m sure he’ll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow and we’ll have more information.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run No stopping Rockets as they roll to 17th straight victory LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters During the selection for this SEA Games, she was required by Patafa to be under one of its sanctioned coaches, which also didn’t sit well with Tabal, who was training abroad under her own set of mentors.Patafa again took her in to compete in the Games and hopefully give a golden start to the athletics team which garnered five golds, seven silvers and nine bronzes.Competing alongside Tabal is teammate Jeson Oyco Agravante.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters View comments LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mary Joy Tabal. FILE PhotoKUALA LUMPUR—As marathon ushers in the medal-rich track and field competitions on Saturday, focus will be on how Mary Joy Tabal would fare against the best in the field.And as she seeks to give the country its first gold, inevitably, the spotlight will also shine on the controversies that have hounded her career.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Tabal has been the country’s golden girl in marathon, winning racess in international and local events, but her name has also been so often attached to controversyThe 28-year-old Tabal, of Guba, Cebu City, has been at odds with national governing body of her sport, the Philippine Track and Field Association, for the good part of the last two years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWhen she bagged silver in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, she immediately resigned from the national team over her camp’s alleged disagreement with sponsorship deals.But after a lengthy exchanges all over the media, she was reinstated later on to compete—and finish 124th—in the Rio Olympics in 2016.
A year after competing in European football, English Premier League club Burnley might get demoted to the Championship.Last season, Burnley was competing in the UEFA Europa League.And this season, the team is battling to avoid relegation from the English Premier League to the Championship.“We are fortunate in the sense other than the last season, which was clearly a strong season, the other seasons we have always been in and around it and searching for wins to make sure we got points on the board,” Sean Dyche told Sky Sports.Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“It is not new territory. [We have] had a lot of different demands this season. I think we have come through that somewhat.”“[But] there are no guarantees. I mentioned that last week so the next one doesn’t owe you anything,” he added.“We are going down to a decent Watford side. They have had ups and downs in their season so far themselves but they are a good outfit.”“They have potential going forwards and they can open up a game. They have been pretty defensively strong other than the ups and downs that a lot of Premier League teams have so we certainly have got to be right on our performance there,” he commented.
Luncheons featuring top installation officials from each of the services will allow community leaders to gain firsthand updates about the military’s newest initiatives and ask questions of the panelists during Installation Innovation Forum 2016, scheduled for next month in Charleston, S.C.One of the most pressing topics that will be addressed at the Community Leader Luncheons, scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, will be the services’ newly released budget requests for fiscal 2017. Panelists will discuss their service’s priorities for next year and how they plan to sustain their facilities in the face of strict spending limits. Other topics expected to be covered include community-military partnerships, installation support and quality-of-life services. The lunch sessions also will provide communities a prime opportunity to network with other community representatives and installation leaders.The Army session will feature:Paul Cramer, deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing and partnershipsGen. Ted Harrison, director of operations, office of the assistant chief of staff for installation managementGreg Kuhr, director, facilities and logistics, Installation Management CommandThe Air Force session will feature:Richard Hartley, principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and energyJennifer Miller, deputy assistant secretary for installationsGen. Ted Spacy, expeditionary support directorate, Installation and Mission Support CenterTim Bridges, assistant deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protectionThe Navy/Marine Corps session will feature:Steve Iselin, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environmentJoe Ludovici, deputy commander, Navy Installations CommandTom Ruffini, director of installation protection, Marine Corps Installations CommandThe conference will be held from Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR