Patrick Michaelyan commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"As always, a lot of good ideas and thoughts in concept.

Having been on both sides of the fence (and having worn many hats while on each side) as both a contractor and auditor, I have realized a very unfortunate and likely fixed reality: money rules…"
May 9, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Non-continuous exterior insulation
"Don,

I'd like to ask you specifically about your comments on putting the structure at great risk when the exterior R-value is low relative to cavity R-value.

I tore out the plaster and lath in my old house a couple of years ago. I then insulated…"
Mar 1, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Casey Gesell's discussion Looking for home improvement companies to join our dealer network!
"Casey,

Time frame for relocating is late spring to early summer. I am considering both counties you listed, and will have to think about this within the framework of my personal goal of living in Charleston.

Give me the executive summary for what…"
Mar 1, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Vinyl Siding with Integral Insulation
"Todd,

I've heard much said about this over the years.

Quite frankly, my understanding of this concept is shaky.

In VA, the recommendation was an R-value of at least R-5 for exterior rigid insulation. Yet, I see builders opt for R-2.5 to R-3 on a…"
Feb 27, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Casey Gesell's discussion Looking for home improvement companies to join our dealer network!
"Casey I'm in Arlington, VA."
Feb 26, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Vinyl Siding with Integral Insulation
"Thanks for the input Dennis!"
Feb 26, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Vinyl Siding with Integral Insulation
"It's about time! I love Hardie products but I had my reservations in the part when installing them per status quo."
Feb 26, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Vinyl Siding with Integral Insulation
"Great, thanks Craig. I read up on Tyvek's Stucco Wrap many moons ago and completely forgot about it."
Feb 26, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Vinyl Siding with Integral Insulation
"Thank you all for your input. It confirms my suspicions.

I had originally recommended removing the existing vinyl siding, then wrapping the walls with Tyvek, flashing the windows, sealing the window rough openings, and installing a 3/4" layer of…"
Feb 26, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Vinyl Siding with Integral Insulation
"Thanks Sean. Coming from you it carries a lot of weight."
Feb 25, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Casey Gesell's discussion Looking for home improvement companies to join our dealer network!
"Casey, I'm considering moving my home performance business (Positive Energy Construction Co,) from northern VA to Charleston, SC.

Any interest in the Charleston, SC market?

Patrick"
Feb 25, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan posted a discussion
Hello Pros.I have a client for whom I'm about to engage in stage 3 of improving the comfort in his home.One of my partner contractors is recommending vinyl siding with 3/8" integral insulation.My question is this: is this approach similar to…
Feb 25, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan left a comment on Best Practices (Residential)
"Mr. Jones, 

God bless you. I had tried on many occassions to build a partnership with local HVAC companies without success. The main barrier: the HVAC contractors did not want to lose potential jobs because homeowners felt like they were being sold…"
Feb 12, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Bob Reuther's discussion ridge vent orientation
"Bob,

You raise a lot of good points\questions, but how much dirt is really going to get trapped in the mesh if you have a relatively clean attic and you've done you air sealing correctly?

Patrick"
Oct 11, 2014
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Bob Reuther's discussion ridge vent orientation
"Hello pros.

I have discussed attic\roof ventilation at length with clients.

I have learned (through my own house) that ridge vents (GAF's Cobra Vent) coupled with soffit vents (free from blockage) WORK pretty darn well. Having moved my focus to…"
Oct 10, 2014
Patrick Michaelyan replied to Jenn Saunders's discussion iEnergyApp: Quickly generate professional reports for homeowners and get more contracts!
"I have been working with Jenn and her iEnergyApp for a while now. I found her and her app to be very helpful in cutting down on the time required to generate a report, and in a way that is very user-friendly to the consumer. 

I worked with Jenn to…"
Jul 15, 2014
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