Chris applied three coats of Railroad Varnish from Liberty Paint Corp in Hudson, NY. Susan looked up the CAS numbers listed on the label, not entirely trusting the “environmentally friendly” and “VOC compliant” claims. The top five ingredients are the same as Waterlox — solvents, Tung Oil, gum and resin. Tung Oil is considered a green finish and a favorite of environmentalists, websites say. And, yes, the VOC level is within New York State limits.
After leaving the windows open during the coldest week of winter, Chris decided to crank up the HRV for some serious ventilation. The fumes have dissipated and the children are testing how fast they can slide across the floor in their socks.
Two ceiling fans will move air around our big open spaces. The drywall crew was kind enough to leave behind their scaffolding for two weeks because Chris did so much cleaning during their dirty job, so he put it to good use. He strapped a step ladder to the scaffold platform and climbed up to install these fans and paint to the peak. Passive Houses are known for being ‘comfortable’ with a consistent temperature throughout, and these fans plus the HRV will play key roles in comfort control. NB: We discovered that one can spend a lot on a ceiling fan, or not.
Chris, homeowner and handyman, built this temporary railing out of (mostly) leftover furring strips and 2X4s. The final version will feature vertical balusters in a design based on railings at nearby Shaker buildings. Meanwhile, the balcony is safer and we rather like the corn-crib style of these horizontals.