Ask The Builder Sticky house wrap is a great building innovation The how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar Spokesman-Review

Q. Tim, I’m building a new home and the builder wants to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar apply an exterior house wrap that reminds me of adhesive how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar shelf paper. All the other house wraps I’ve seen come in large rolls and are nailed to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the house. I’m afraid the adhesive house wrap might not stand the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar test of time. How do you feel about self-adhering house wrap and what’s involved in getting it installed correctly? – pam T., lexington, kentucky

A. Whether you’re building a new home or having a room addition how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar put onto your home, self-adhering house wraps are a great refinement over the first-generation house wraps that require nails. I would absolutely use a self-adhering house wrap on a new house I’d build for myself, a family member or a customer.

There are several manufacturers of the self-adhering house wraps. All the products are fabulous, and it’s quite hard to differentiate them from one another. As with many things in construction, the devil is in the details. You can have a great product and it can be how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar installed incorrectly, thus voiding the warranty and causing nightmares down the road how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar for the homeowner.

I witnessed a builder this past winter who did just how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar that. He decided to use a traditional nail-on house wrap but used a hand tacker tool that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar pounds hundreds of small staples through the house wrap into how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the wood wall sheathing. The issue is the staples are an unapproved fastener and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar they actually create tiny holes around each staple that can how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar leak both water and air.

I’m attracted to the newer house wraps that have the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar adhesive because they do a superb job of bridging any how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar gaps in the wall sheathing and virtually eliminate air infiltration how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar into a house. Air infiltration is a major cause of higher fuel bills how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar for both heating and air conditioning.

It’s very important for you, the homeowner, to read the simple installation instructions for the self-adhering house wrap you decide to use. The instructions are not at all complex. Some products can be installed horizontally or vertically. I’d recommend a horizontal installation starting at the bottom of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the structure. Be sure you overlap the next higher piece no less how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar than 2 inches or whatever the instructions say to do.

Some of the products require the use of a j-roller that works just like a giant steamroller that compresses how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar asphalt paving on roads and driveways. The j-roller ensures the house wrap adhesive is in great contact how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar with the wood wall sheathing.

Pay very close attention in the written instructions or videos how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar about how to flash underneath all windows and doors. You need to inspect these openings to ensure it’s been done correctly. If you can’t be there, then insist the builder take photos with his smart phone how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of every window and door and send them to you how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar so you can verify the job was done correctly.

Q. Last night I came face-to-face with a squirrel up in my attic. I was astonished at his presence and wondered how he how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar gained entrance. I looked at my roof and saw my ridge vent how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar was higher in one spot. I had the ridge vent put in when I re-roofed the house thinking it would be a benefit to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the traditional triangle gable-end vents that have worked well for 50 years. What’s the best way to stop the squirrel from becoming how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a permanent resident in my attic? I’m open to any and all suggestions. – chris A., arab, alabama

A. Animals of all sorts try to get into attics. A few years ago I had at my own home how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar an infestation of flying squirrels in my attic. At night the little devils would roll acorns across my how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar bedroom ceiling like they were bowling. It was infuriating. I solved my problem when I re-roofed my home by sealing off the entrances with heavy how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar metal.

My advice is to get rid of the ridge vent. I’d get a 10-inch-wide piece of heavy aluminum coil stock that siding contractors how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar use. This would cover over the cut-out made for the ridge vent. Nail it securely over the shingles at the peak of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the roof every 6 inches.

I’d then cover over the aluminum with standard asphalt cap how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar shingles to match the current roofing. Since cap shingles are 12 inches wide, they’ll fully cover the aluminum so you’ll never see it. The squirrels will have to chew through the shingles only how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to encounter the thick aluminum. I’m quite sure they’ll give up and go to your neighbor’s home where it’s easier to get into the attic.

I happen to love turbine vents. I’d consider adding two or three on the back of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar your home up near the peak of the roof. Be sure you can’t see the spinning whirlybirds from the front yard or how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the street. Squirrels don’t like the spinning motion of these great wind-powered ventilators, and you should have no issues at all in the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar future.

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