*Is there any finished drywall in this scenerio? When this happens in cold climates, the air eventually cools as it moves through the wall and can no longer hold the same water (I think this is called reaching it's dew point). ft. home and 2 1/2 car garage only cost $500.00 more, which would have been less if I had used 24" center's. That water will pass right through it. 2x6 R-19 walls: 37,100 btu/hr. Municipalities have the option of adopting the code of … We use only 2x3's. *Hey Steve - I looked in Webster's and the applicable definition for "diffusion" seems to be "...an intermingling of the molecules of liquids, gasses, etc." . Figure 1 - Traditional framing of stud-framed walls with 2x4 studs spaced 16-inches on-center uses more wood than necessary and limits the amount of insulation that can be installed. I understand the hotbox test, and I think it is a very good method to test for overall thermal resisience. The only thought that wandered through my mind was to find a way to cantilever the gable truss out 2" beyond the wall. I don't know if it's the main factor but I do find it quieter inside then the last house I lived in that had 2x4 walls. . Glad to see that you are interested in the details of how these things are determined. The vapor then turns to liquid, and gets the interior of the wall wet.This relative humidity thing that andrew tried to explain to me a couple months ago was the key for me. There was a long ago poster here, Gene Leger, who built some energy efficient houses using that sort of wall. Just wondering if your nominal sizes have the same the same reduction to actual size as ours.John. Material cost and few competing applicators seem to drive the price up, but the benefits overall seem solid/real world.Downside? The old axiom Keep It Simple, Stupid comes to mind.If the building is sheathed with modern sheathing products, all of which are supposedly waterproof, not much moisture is going to wick out that way. A significant part of Texas is located on the Gulf Coast, and very strict building codes will prohibit building a structure with staggered walls. Another option is using cellulose insulation as opposed to regular fiberglass. - jb, *Hi Jim,Just saw your reply today for some reason.I do think that efffectively air-sealing the insulated cavities from the interior space is the surest way to prevent moisture from getting into the cavities and causing problems.I'm not saying poly and FG aren't an effective insulation system, just not very tolerant of user abuse and sloppy installation.Poly can indeed air-seal, if carefully installed and protected from ruptures, but it seems to me that Dense-packed Cells (or foam, or any other insulation that in and of itself forms an air barrier) is a more fail-safe approach. *Actually, the gas doing the diffusing is water vapor. with cathedral ceilings.YB, the case has been made here by Freddy and others that the poly is a bit too much, because under the right conditions the wall might otherwise get a chance to dry inward to get rid of its moisture load before it causes problems.Fiberglass fibers provide no real barrier to air movement, so water vapor will be able to traverse them pretty quick with plain old air movement. *G'day Mike,Yeah...ambidexterous. I heard some advertisements on a product called Greenblock. *Done. You can actually feel the difference in the house after they install this stuff, no echos or air moving through the walls. If it is true that the primary moisture load on the house framing is from moisture-laden air movement rather than diffusion, any way you can stop the air movement that still allows the cavities to dry by diffusion in times of low humidity seems better than trying to stop it with a sheet of plastic (and inevitably failing to some degree) which will only inhibit its ability to dry out in times of low humidity.Steve. - M.K. And I imagine insulation contracting would be a haven for the bozo set!!! I used 2x6 for everything including attached garage. I won't be thinkin' batts on anything I build, especially for remodeling, with all the oddball framing in the walls. 2. Many of the new tract homes that I saw seemed notoriously inefficient. Many homes go up in the Seattle area with 2x4's and XPS foam on the outside, usually with acrylic stucco covering the foam. To become an air barrier system, ... For example, test results indicate that a 2x6 wood stud (SPF) ... Additional fire protection requirements have been introduced in the National Building Code of Canada relating to the construction of all buildings and houses that are constructed in proximity to one another or to the property line. That is how those old ones worked.The "holes" in DP Cells or Icynene are very small, on a molecular size. If you are interested in HVAC systems, I can recommend some very good ones to you. The 2x4 wall with 1-inch of rigid foam board insulation (RFBI) on the exterior is more cost effective.I've built many, many houses with 2x3 studs in the form of staggering them 24-inches oc., on 2x6 plates. For you Canadian who are interested CMCH--Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation has a toll free line 800-668-2642.GeneL. By the bye. Doesn't seem like a lot, but the additional few inches does help. But I guess if water does somehow get into the wall, it will just make its way to the first horizontal framing and collect there. 1/6th of the wall would have 4" of wood and 2" of insulation for say a minimum R value of 10 (4x1 + 2x3), and 5/6 of the wall would have a maximum R value 18 (6x3). Know what's going where, and don't go changing things later. Unfortunately this Canadian material is no longer free. Literally two hours before reading this posting I was doing calculations on the very things this discussion is about. *Steve- There are a lot of variables here, and many cost strategies. The others say it's not worth it. As for the single stud 2x3 wall, it can achieve an R-value of R-24.5 with sprayed in polyurethane foam (PUR) and 1-inch of RFBI on the exterior. We are also going to get some price increases this winter it sounds like, but when was the last time you heard of utility prices going down? Nothing else matters. So cylinder #1 might fire when the crankshaft and propellor are at 0°, #2 at 45°, #3 at 90°, .... and #8 at 315°.In the real world, the cylinder firing order is set up to reduce vibration and provide more or less continuous power. - jbps - does anybody understand how those airplane engines with the cylinders around the outside work? "I have learned so much thanks to the searchable articles on the FHB website. Looks to me like the piggy in the straw house was smarter than we thought... As a practical matter, when calculating the overall R value for wood stud walls, the standard is to use 80% of the insulation R value. First, you pay for more than you need, then, it turns your home into a mildew farm. That said, I'm going back and forth with using 2x4 framing vs. 2x6 and would love any input on disadvantages of the narrower wall. Ever use metal studs our there in Queensland? Retrofits. The difference then, between the two is too small to justify the added cost of the 2x6 and the necessary extended jambs. In the early 1900s, the National Fire Protection Association assumed responsibility for updating and maintaining the NEC. What can you get with cellulose? Perhaps Canadian members of Breaktime --who can obtain the papers free of charge-might post them. 22-mil vinyl/polyester, 3" continuous polyurethane, and 4" 4000psi shotcrete should test well, but until tested, it's only a guess. Another option is to use R-13 wall insulation with a 2 x 4 stud wall. But I have to agree that penetrations by errant screws (careless d/wallers, picture hanging plugs etc.) Liquid water = problems. It's all a part of the packaged assembly though. In my region (Southeast Texas) the suppliers carry both in stock, and the wider jambs add about $12.00 to the price of a door (whether interior or exterior). - jb. What does that do to your sheetrock? I was going to use 1" foam board R6 + R13= R19 but the building dept wont allow it even with 1/2 drywall over it. Over here in Quebec Canada we also frame using 2x6 lumber. I'm planning my new home in Colorado (climate 5b). *I asked your Q to Gene -- he means 2x3's staggered in/out 12" oc, so the inner and outer sheathings each contact studs 24" oc. *Icynene is the soft spray on stuff that will not let air through . National Construction Code. When I did the first Leger House I made the eave depth 24 inches. While throwing money at the problem, let's double the cost of decking with Kool-Ply. I wanted to acknowledge that i read your post. They are very specific about building specifications, and very strict about enforcing them. *I finished my brother in laws house this march, a 2000 sq foot cape cod. Get an overview of the process of creating a traditional-style fireplace that burns well and meets current building codes from experienced mason Mike Mehaffey. What it won't do, is damage the insulation. That ought to tell you something about whether its a good idea. It has the unfortunate secondary property of being a diffusion barrier as well, which to my understanding is a negative property as far as the drying performance of a wall or ceiling goes.Steve. Again, here in Alberta and indeed across Canada our codes still allow for 2x4 construction throughout. Shake the can (simulating the random movement of molecules above absolute zero) and gradually the bearings will work themselves through the holes. BTW after the big energy crunch of the mid to late seventys we saw a move to 2x6 exterior walls [ in Eastern OK ] but for the last fifteen years or so 2x4 has been the norm . Great stuff. I went to school in upstate New York, and used to walk across a birdge over a creek to get my coffee transfusions. *Gene- Your mention of no king studs begs the question of how headers, window and door frames are handled. :). My breath would fog only on the bridge, because the creek below would raise the humidity to the saturation point. will do it right at the plant, just send in the measurement to the supplier when you order your windows. - jb, *Gene,Have you compared DP Cels to Icynene to PUR on a $/R/Sq. on the other side ( there are probably very specific ratios of these temps., but I don't know them). . For higher wind speeds, engineered design is required. We always say that one aw s#%t wipes out all the atta boys you've ever had, and one quality mistake can wipe out all the benefits of 2x6. I also learned … The depth of the overhang should be determined by latitude. Well designed eaves are essential here, too. They also provide a great deal of texts and handbooks to students at a significant discount. Has anybody worked out a cost-benfit analysis for 2×6 vs. 2×4 construction in ,say, the midwest, for, say an 1100 sf 2nd floor addition to a home? Are you sayin' that this is proof that the fiberglass doesn't completey seal the air flow? I never considered putting studs at 24" centers. I did notice that smaller builders leaned towards 2x6 framing. I can't put a finger on my next question, so I'm lettin' it tumble around in my head a bit. He could also check with his insulationcontractor because there is now an R-15available for 2x4 walls. Air leakage through the outlet boxes had been bad enough to draw bits of fiberglass in and to leave star-shaped dirt marks on the wall around the outlet wallplate. - jb. It is very interesting. Most of this information is Available from ASHRAE and they do have a website. GeneL. It sealed and stuffed the wall effortlessly. FYI, you can get the e-mail addresses of individuals by clicking on their names (assuming they didn't lie when they registered).Regarding staggered stud -- what is your opinion on Icynene, assuming you don't use it for structural reasons? I do my own regardless.-pm. By the bye. You might want to look into BIBS fiberglass if you haven't already. In Houston, a house must breathe to live. Relative to what? I don't know if BIB seals as well as dp cellulose. Construction - Designing Buildings Wiki - Share your construction industry knowledge. for how long I don't know, but it takes years for it to reach it's eventual tensile strength.-pm, *JimI too have been wrestling with this since I came to Breaktime and started reading new theories. Is it possible that this is the rational for this building practice? I mean, it COMPLETELY fills them. The trimmer studs that supports the headers are 2x3s.There is a 2-1/2 inch space between the trimmer studs.As with the double 2x4 wall one can use a sheetrock return in place of extended jambs. I used vinyl windows so no extra cost there. In this episode of Shop Class, learn how to measure, cut, and build window casing made of cellular PVC, solid wood, poly-ash boards, or any common molding material. 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