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    Here are some pics of the windows in case anyone...

    Here are some pics of the windows in case anyone else has this problem. I measured the gap and made shims out of 1x8. I'll probably replace the windows at some point. But if this works I'll...
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    The company came today, I was bummed it was so...

    The company came today, I was bummed it was so warm today. The negative pressure pretty much stops when it's warm out. They said my house is even tighter now, 4.6 exchanges vs 5.06.

    She thinks...
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    I talked to the original audit company. I...

    I talked to the original audit company. I explained what's going on and they're coming out next week. They said they're also going to try and bring a rep from our power company who has 30 years...
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    The wife won out and I didn't get to do any...

    The wife won out and I didn't get to do any additional investigation this Easter weekend. I was bummed, but I completely understood her.


    hearthman:


    I'm not 100% sure how to scientifically...
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    stvc, makes sense. I'm going to request the test...

    stvc, makes sense. I'm going to request the test out now. I'll post back the results after the test. I'll also ask if they have a smoke machine. Even if I have to pay extra I think it's worth it!...
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    The furnace wasn't on when the test was...

    The furnace wasn't on when the test was conducted, she set the thermostat to off before the test started. But as soon as the blower was powered on we noticed the display went off on the thermostat. ...
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    heartman, I didn't see your post when responding...

    heartman, I didn't see your post when responding above. What you're saying makes sense. At this point I think I need to bite the bullet and have another audit company out. I was trying to avoid it...
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    The duct blasting tech noted that since we have...

    The duct blasting tech noted that since we have 9' ceilings on all three floors he thought that could be a contributing factor in raising our neutral pressure plane. He said in other homes the...
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    hearthman, 50Pa is what the tech said. I knew it...

    hearthman, 50Pa is what the tech said. I knew it was trouble when the display read "LO" and he kept having to add collars to the fan. He didn't have a fog machine or IR Camera and he didn't seem to...
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    Ugh!!! 108CFM@50Pa Great! But not the smoking...

    Ugh!!! 108CFM@50Pa Great! But not the smoking gun I was looking for. He said their company has sealed system's to get to numbers like mine. I was up in the attic with the rep and we were feeling...
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    energy_rater_la, thanks for the information! I...

    energy_rater_la, thanks for the information! I wasn't 100% sure what a duct blasting entailed. I will definitely ask them to run the test in reverse to locate the leaks. Again, I'm so...
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    tipsrfine, I heard the same thing about air in...

    tipsrfine, I heard the same thing about air in must equal air out. That's why I was really trying to focus on the upstairs before tackling the bump outs. It stinks because those two bump outs are...
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    Just made an appointment for duct blasting. ...

    Just made an appointment for duct blasting. Tomorrow at 2pm. Got the name of the company off of the http://www.resnet.us/ site.

    Thanks again. Hopefully they find something!
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    Thanks for all the feedback. hearthman, you're...

    Thanks for all the feedback. hearthman, you're correct, that foil backed insulation is what's wrapping my concrete foundation. It's in pretty much all the houses around here from the mid 90's on. ...
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    Sorry for the delay. My 2008 Mercury Mountaineer...

    Sorry for the delay. My 2008 Mercury Mountaineer decided to have it's front differential self destruct! So I spent this past Friday under the truck fixing that! I wanted to get into the attic this...
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    billygoat12, the house is a fairly standard...

    billygoat12, the house is a fairly standard colonial. The dormers in the attic are decorative.

    The gas fireplace sits in a cantilever on an outside wall. It is really drafty, air mostly comes...
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    I was able to get some video this afternoon. ...

    I was able to get some video this afternoon. Hopefully it isn't too dark:


    http://youtu.be/cxYXxVlQ4Dc

    There are some pictures at the end of the video with comments. They show the leaky...
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    Thanks for the input. I'm going to call around...

    Thanks for the input. I'm going to call around and get a duct blasting done. From the site that energy_rater_la posted there seem to be quite a few in my area so it shouldn't be too hard to find...
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    I may have found a possible problem. I just...

    I may have found a possible problem.

    I just went to do a quick gap check on the two returns and when I removed the filter from the smaller of the two returns a lot of cold air came pouring out...
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    mbarson, my hot water heater is electric. The...

    mbarson, my hot water heater is electric. The only drafting appliance I have is my basement propane furnace. It's a Trane XB80. I think it has a powered flue.

    I'll call around and see if I...
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    Would the powered attic fan make a difference in...

    Would the powered attic fan make a difference in the winter? When that was asked in the other forum I almost had an aha moment. But in the winter the fan is never on. It's not even on that much in...
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    Motoguy, I thought the same thing about the...

    Motoguy, I thought the same thing about the upstairs system maybe being oversized. But I had a HVAC tech take a look, he said even with the downstairs unit that the system was the correct size. He...
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    Thanks for the input! The company that quoted...

    Thanks for the input!

    The company that quoted the additional insulation said it was very, very expensive to foam seal the attic. I didn't push for a price because she flat out said it wasn't...
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    Negative House Pressure

    My house built in 2004 is suffering from some pretty bad stack effect. And I'm trying to figure out how to alleviate it and hoping I could get some advice here. If I open a window or front door I...
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