Claire Shaeffer's Guide to Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer

By Claire B. Shaeffer

Across the world revered writer, lecturer, collage teacher and columnist Claire Shaeffer takes an indepth examine various stitching strategies, from piped seams to buttonholes. step by step instructions and transparent illustrations make this an invaluable source for either starting and complex sewers

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Interior soffits that are framed before the drywall is hung can leak huge quantities of air. Fill in the openings between the ceiling joists above the soffits with solid materials like rigid-foam panels, drywall pieces, or sheathing scraps, then seal the edges with expanding foam or caulk. Joist bays should be sealed with rigid blocks to keep insulation where it belongs. Cut rigid foam into strips the width of the joist bays, and slip them out over the top wall plate (photo at top right). The panels block the loosefill insulation that’s to be installed from clogging the soffit-to-ridge air channel and add a higher R-value to the short space over the plate.

With the quiet, energy-efficient fans available today, this option is cheap and easy. Because its makeup-air requirements are small, a low-volume exhaust fan won’t depressurize your house enough to cause backdrafting. This system also has the advantage that it can be used in homes without ductwork. 32 Energy Ef ficiency An Exhaust-Only System Removes the Bad Air The simplest way to make sure contaminants don’t build up in a house is to suck them out with one or more continuously running exhaust fans.

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