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By Ric in North Bend, WA on 2/25/2009


As I'm nearing the end of framing, rain finally started. Since it will be more than a month yet before the house is totally dried in, I'm looking at the prospect of having to dry the house once it's closed in.

Does anyone have any good methods for this? Obviously, it needs to be dried before the insulation & drywall go on, so the electricity won't be hooked up up, so the furnace won't be working yet. So how do you go about drying the house out?

All suggestions welcome!

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By Phil in Frankfort, IL on 2/26/2009


When it happened to us it was squeegees, brooms, mops, rags, and shop-vacs... the shop-vacs worked the best.

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By Faye in Marseilles, IL on 2/26/2009


When I did my concrete stain, I rented a commercial shop vac for $20 per day at my local Ace Hardware store. It was a push-behind unit with a squeegee on the front. It was very easy on the back! After you get up any standing water, you may want to set up some propane or kerosene heaters to dry it out completely.
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By Ric in North Bend, WA on 3/1/2009


Thanks all!

I had a meeting with my electrician, and the HVAC guy. What they say they normally do is run a line from the temp power pole to the furnace and let it run.

Now I just need to get to that point.

The framers are doing the roof framing now, and putting the plywood sheeting on the roof. It's not the best time of year to be building in the Pacific Northwest, and of course, the rain has continued. Thankfully, it hasn't been too bad, but it's been enough to keep everything wet. I sure hope the subfloors and roof plywood survive the next few weeks.

I'm going to try to get the plumber and the roofer up there at the same time to try to speed it along, and get it dried in, or at least get the roof on. The siding is  a little further out, as the HVAC and siding subs both agree that the HVAC needs to be in before the siding goes on.

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By Ross in Hillsboro, OR on 3/10/2009


Hi Rick, How long was your house exposed to the weather? I live in Oregon, and we are pondering doing some of the framing ourselves. If we do that, it's possible that we might risk leaving the home exposed to the elements longer than we would like. Just trying to get a feel for how long homes in the Northwest can be exposed before getting to the dry-in phase.
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By Faye in Marseilles, IL on 3/11/2009


Rick, I would strongly suggest you use Advantech tongue and groove subflooring. It took about a month to frame my home but I took time doing all the rest of the work and have been very happy with the way the Advantech has held up. It is glued and nailed down. Good luck.
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