Pete’s Puzzle: Mold on Painted Clapboards is Food for Thought

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There is mold on the factory-primed, latex top-coated wood clapboards on the south but not the north side of our house

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Whenever my wife starts a conversation with, “OK, Mr. Building Scientist,” I know I am in some kind of trouble. That proved to be the case one day when we were out hanging laundry on the south side of our house.

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Pete’s Puzzle: Mold on Painted Clapboards is Food for Thought

Subtitle: 
There is mold on the factory-primed, latex top-coated wood clapboards on the south but not the north side of our house

Images: 

Whenever my wife starts a conversation with, “OK, Mr. Building Scientist,” I know I am in some kind of trouble. That proved to be the case one day when we were out hanging laundry on the south side of our house.

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Pete’s Puzzle: Mold in Certain Closets

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After putting up with mold for a long time, a homeowner finally bites the bullet and hires a moisture management expert

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Author’s Note: I am setting up a series of building investigations that I have done over the years as puzzles, presenting successive pieces as an interesting way to tell the story. As with any story, you can read the end first if you want, but that approach cuts down on the drama (admittedly not a bad thing for some folks…)

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Pete’s Puzzle: Mold in Certain Closets

Subtitle: 
After putting up with mold for a long time, a homeowner finally bites the bullet and hires a moisture management expert

Images: 

Author’s Note: I am setting up a series of building investigations that I have done over the years as puzzles, presenting successive pieces as an interesting way to tell the story. As with any story, you can read the end first if you want, but that approach cuts down on the drama (admittedly not a bad thing for some folks…)

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Do Humidifiers Create IAQ Problems?

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Adding water vapor to your indoor air may do more than you think

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It’s that time of year when heating systems start coming out of their summer hibernation. (Except maybe in Vermont. Michael Blasnik’s Nest data showed that Vermonters are about the last to start heating their homes in the fall.) Then everyone starts looking for their lotion and lip balm. Gaps appear in hardwood flooring as it dries out. Buildings begin to creak and pop. And then the humidifiers come out.

Yes, humidifiers can help with low indoor humidity. But what effect might they have on indoor air quality?

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