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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 2/12/2017 3:27:15 AM

While I did finish the garage lights, I haven't gotten to the outdoor receptacles and lights yet.  A few things have taken some time away.  One was to help with building a Mardi Gras float.  It actually came along pretty well.  The trailer that was used, barely, just barely fit into the working garage door by maybe three inches on either side.  And when we pulled it out with decorations, barely cleared the top of the door. It's now over at another garage that has a much higher and wider door for final fitment of decorations.


Then volunteer work at the resort for our annual military Winterfest.  A long weekend for current and past vets, with very discounted lodging, lift tickets and various events.  A major purpose is to raise money for the National Wellness and Healing Center here in Angle Fire.  The center is the only one of its kind, treating vets with PTSD using alternative therapies to the drugs commonly used by the VA and other institutions. Offering four retreats a year to a dozen couples at each, it has had significant success.  
So - some time off of the house to give back to those who have served our country.

I have started something that wasn't electrical.  I  needed to get off electrical for a bit.  Too long on one project for me.  So something that needs to get done in the near future was started.  A fairly quick project, the ceiling of the staircase needs to be closed in before the stairs are constructed.  In order to do that, I'm installing vents underneath the roof deck before insulation goes in.  Baffles need to be cut and installed at either end of each rafter bay, the plastic vents are sealed with super tape along the sides and joints, so that air can flow freely from the soffit into the main attic area to keep a cold roof and allow any moisture to move.  The sealing keeps air from flowing into or out of the rest of the rafter bay (and the house).  I've never seen anyone do this, but it's all an effort to tighten up the house as completely as I can.  If I haven't said it before, half of the energy loss of a typically constructed house is through air loss.  Reducing that by close attention to sealing, we should be able to very significantly reduce that loss.

I have been able to get up all the vents that I had,  I'm 8 short.  They have been taped, and  I've caulked and foamed the baffles at the soffit end.  I can begin to install insulation in the areas I've finished.  I'd really like to get that done tomorrow so I can see if we need to pick up another bundle or two when we head to Albuquerque on Tuesday.

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Basic construction of the vents in the stairwell ceiling
Overview of the entire ceiling



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