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I take pictures of interesting things I see in buildings.

I have a special page for icicles and snow melt patterns

Todays Delights


the vent you don't want here

This is one of those things that can get your heart pumping when you walk into a room. The atmospherically vented water heater butted up against the commercial range hood is back drafting waiting to happen.

What's really interesting is that the space it was in is so leaky that it passed the combustion safety test easily.


Duct outdoors under enclosed porch

When you enclose a porch for living space you need to heat it right? Running a duct outdoors, even with (minimal) insulation is not a very effective way to go.

It would have been better to create an insulated and air sealed box around this in addition to the duct insulation. The duct insulation should have been installed properly too.

One other thing: Should that floor be insulated? Just asking.


Dirty lint trap

If you let your lint trap get this dirty the clothes will dry slowly, you will waste a lot of energy and the dryer will run hotter; all bad things.

Hole in the siding

Just a rule of thumb, if you take something out of a hole in the building you should really fix the hole. This had a piece of copy paper taped over the inside.

Bad insulation

This pretty well defines "Thermal Bypass".

Amazing conglomeration

There are so many things wrong in this picture I don't know where to begin. Maybe I'll go have a bite at the fancy restaurant below these ceiling tiles...

(HINT: Insulation does not go on top of suspended ceilings!)

Ice is falling on my head...

Icicles can be quite beautiful, but they don't belong on buildings.

Someone on a ladder chopping ice off a roof.

I will not name the person on the ladder, but I did take the picture. Paying someone to airseal and insulate is SO much better.

Compressed insulation path

Insulation this compressed has lost most of it's insulation value. If you have read the old newsletters you will know why this is such a big deal.

Oh, and the added heat loss could lead to ice dams as well.


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